Did I mention Blue Moon’s “Socks that Rock” sock of the month club? I am sure that I did. There are about 2000 totally insane people participating this year, which I am sure is overwhelming their local small town post office. After all, can you imagine walking in and asking for that many priority mailing boxes?
There have been various discussions of this colorway – named Monsoon. Personnally, since the colors are green, brown, darkish grey and a touch of lighter color – I keep wanting to call it camouflage or BDU.
But anyway, the pattern is named Inside Out, because the sock could be worn either way. Since the sock is primarily ribbing, the pattern on the top still is interesting, regardless of which side is out. I mostly followed the pattern, except for the following:
1) rather than change needle sizes-I used my 2,5 mm needles through out.
2) this meant that I had to reduce the number of stitches on the toe from 36 to 30 (on each side), but went down to 6 stitches with the wraps (from 8)
3)increased 2 stitches, one on each end, this meant that I had reduced the bottom by one repeat and the top by two.
4) since the sock had a fair amount of stretch, so made the foot a bit shorter than I otherwise would to the start of the heel
5) used 32 for the heel, then increased to 65 when starting the upper portion.
6) since there were these extra five stitches, I inserted an 5 cross cable on the inside of each sox, and did this every 10 rows. On the second sock, I found it worked better to do 15 rounds of the 2/1 ribbing before starting the crosses, this gave more “give” around the ankle.
In pictures –
Is what my first sock looked like on my foot. I had well over half the yarn left.
Looking at mostly the sock top (the cup is Heidelberg from the Rosenthal series of Cupola City Cups –
Literally taking the attitude of Inside Out – just the top appears like this-
And then there is the not so polite over all look of the sock when viewed ohne Fuß.
What can I say? Since this was a training holiday, I had a relaxing day to sit at home and knit. I have other socks that I can knit in public. The Time Traveler’s Wife is done, as is the New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. This leaves me down to only The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson on CD for the car traveling. Looks like I need to add a library trip on my errands list.
It would have been nice to have this pattern back when I was part of an inspection team and the guys set “Ol’ Lead” on the tablein front of me one afternoon. I responded by knitting it a purple cover, but had the ribs going the other way……