FO: Giant Birthday Socks

Knitting secret socks is a difficult task at the best of times. Trying to sneakily knit to schedule can be fraught with problems as you approach the deadline, trying to escape for a little bit of illicit yarn-wrangling at snatched moments. When the socks you are knitting are for rather larger feet than those you are used to knitting for, the task becomes all the more momentous.

Last night these sock for my other half’s birthday today were still hanging up in front of the radiator, with fingers crossed that they’d be dry and ready to give this morning, which (luckily) they were. But why did I leave it so late to finish and block them? Well, the truth is, I didn’t. I left plenty of time to knit these large UK size 12 socks, but last week, just as I was about to cast off the second sock, I had a sudden, awful realisation. One sock was narrower and longer than the other.

How could this be? Well, in my rush (complacency, maybe?) I had managed to cast one sock on with eight fewer stitches than the first. Operation ‘knit a giant sock in four days’ then commenced. I am not going to pretend that it wasn’t stressful knitting, but I am very pleased with the result, and, importantly, the recipient seemed pleased with them.

The Main yarn is Regia Canyon Color in shade 2804, with heels, toes and cuffs worked in a semi-solid grey Regia Stretch yarn. I worked the short row heel and toe details in the solid yarn to make the main yarn stretch further, but also so that the stripe progression down the front of the leg was kept in tact, making for an attractive sock, which is something I spoke about at length on my previous blog.

Since I lost my first blog, my posts about the whys and hows of short row heels and toes have been among the most requested on the boards and via PMs on Ravlery, so I decided to re-upload a few posts from the archives that people found useful or interesting, starting with posts like the photography tutorials and DIY sock blocker making how-tos, published under the original publishing date so that they do not interrupt the actual timeline of posts with old content. Because it relates to this first FO, the first of these posts from the archives are now up.

Short rows for socks, part I: Why and when.
Short rows for socks, part 2: How. 

9 thoughts on “FO: Giant Birthday Socks

  1. Oh, hahahaha! I swear, may it never snow again, that was a complete and utter chance thing – I wouldn’t even have noticed if you hadn’t pointed it out. Oh well, geek begets geek.

  2. How fantastic to have some old content back and available on your blog! Your tutorials are always so clear and easy to follow. I shall be recommending them! And I should think Russ is pleased with the socks – they’re awesome!

  3. My boyfriend’s birthday is on Saturday… He will be getting one finished sock, half a ball of yarn and a promise! I can’t knit things for him with him home – small flat and he pays way too much attention to what I’m working on!

  4. Have you tried shadow wraps? http://www.socktopus.co.uk/2011/02/short-rows-shadow-wraps/

    I’ve been banging on about them for a while now, because I think they’re the easiest way I’ve found of doing short rows – it’s essentially the same as wrapping and turning, but instead of your wrap being round the stitch, it’s already on the needle, so you don’t need to fiddle about picking it up.

    The tutorial is for short rows in garments, for socks I found I needed to wrap on the increase rows as well.

  5. Actually, these socks are made using the shadow wraps method! I did as you mentioned ad wrapped the return rows as well. I found the method very easy, but I did find that it made the ‘wrapped’ stitches very bulky in the finished socks, and though this might not matter so much around the heels, I did think that it was perhaps not so comfortable around the toes.

    Interestingly, I cast on the Magic Rainbow Socks after finishing one of these socks and reverted to my usual short row method for those, as I like how flat they lie. I think the shadow wraps are awesome, both for ease and looks, but for sock toes I think I prefer the comfort of the more traditional method.

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