Adventures in Knitting: Nancy’s Socks

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Again with the knitting? Yup! I’ve been sewing plenty, but it’s a lot easier to photograph socks than large garments when it gets dark before I get home from work most days. I’ll be back with more sewing as soon as I can manage some pictures, but, in the meantime, here’s my latest knitting project.

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I am trying to learn a new skill every time I knit a new pair of socks. Seeing how this is just my third pair, that’s been a pretty easy task so far. With my first pair, everything was new! I knit them top-down on a combination of double-pointed needles and magic loop. With my second pair, I knit toe-up. On this pair, I doubled up on new skills and knit a lace pattern two-at-a-time in magic loop. This yarn is Cascade Heritage in Avocado, leftover from my Rocky Mountain socks.

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This pattern is called Nancy’s Socks by Wendy D. Johnson. It’s available on Ravelry, or on her website. They’re knit toe-up with a heel flap (I think). The lace pattern is made up of yarn overs, slip slip knits, and knit two together stitches. It wasn’t too difficult to execute, as long as I paid very close attention. As soon as I lost my spot, or, dropped a stitch, though, it took me quite a while to recover. The execution isn’t perfect, but I’m quite proud of how these turned out. For some reason, though, I think that they look better flat than on my feet. The pattern seems more purposeful flat. Maybe blocking would help with that?

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I started this pair back in July, before I started my Harvest Cardigan, and finally finished them in January. I’ve started knitting two projects at a time, so that I can have one more difficult project (these socks fall into that category), and one more mindless project going at the same time. This way I’ll always have a project that I can take to a knitting group!

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Yarn: 1 skein of Cascade Heritage in Avocado, leftover from my Rocky Mountain socks
Needles: US2 circular, US1 double pointed
Cost: Free
Time: 6.5 months

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