SOCKS!

Knit in Lang Jawoll using the Universal Sock Pattern found on Burninghand.org as a very general guide and the cast-on described by Mary English Morrison in her blog.

As soon as I get this photo posted, I'm casting on for another pair in Trekking XXL, my current favorite sock yarn. 

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Bill's picture

They're done! ...and they look great! John...will you teach me that cast on tomorrow night at the group? Bill

Nice looking socks, JPaul.

I tried a small sample of this cast-on and really like how it blends in with the pattern.  It also contracts nicely along with the ribbing giving a neat, smooth edge.

Stuart

Craig's picture

Hi JPaul, great looking socks. Must check out the pattern and make some for myself.

Craig.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

Craig's picture

Hi JPaul, great looking socks. Must check out the pattern and make some for myself.

Craig.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

There's no getting away from it I have to try knitting up some socks. 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Aaronknits's picture

I still haven't tried socks. I will bookmark that pattern for future reference!!!

Aaronknits's picture

I still haven't tried socks. I will bookmark that pattern for future reference!!!

Great work on the socks, JPaul. The Lang Jawoll is an excellent yarn for socks. I also enjoy the Sockatta, Fortissima, and Wildfoote yarns. A new one that I'm trying out now is Knitpicks Essentials. Solid colors and appears to be comparable to Socka or Jawoll. But the price is a lot less.

Will have to try out the new caston. Hope it works as well as the twisted german.

Have fun,

Randal 

These are really nice John.  Really good colour.  I like traditional colours best. I have a passion for socks and always have a pair on the go - they make nice presents without too much effort and time.  I bought some vintage wool on ebay recently and will be trying out some 19C patterns that I have although I'm pretty sure they won't turn out half as well as yours.  I haven't tried the twisted german rib on account of there being few twisted germans around here (apart from my mother-in-law that is -  but she's just bitter and twisted...) but I'll give that a bash on my next pair.  I found a very good web-site that demonstrates it fairly well.  Cheers!

kiwiknitter's picture

Absolutely stunning!  I love the colours and your knitting is exact!  Thanks for sharing the link to ME Morrison.  The next time I have a rib cast-on, I'll try this method. 

I've got knitting fever in the worsted way.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

YarnGuy716's picture

My knitting instructor is an avid sock knitter and I used to think she was crazy to knit socks. That is until I knit my first pair and wore them. Once you wear hand knit socks you will love them and love making them.

Jordan's picture

These are really nice.  Now that I've knit my first pair, I can really appreciate the work here, and just how good these are!  And, you've chosen quite a nice color.

Jordan's picture

The Universal Sock Pattern looks interesting, especially the "algebraic" version.  It reminds me of the seamless sweater in Knitting Without Tears, where the instructions are given in multiples of your gauge.  Do you have any critiques of the sock pattern?  I'm just about to cast on for a pair of socks, and think I'll try these!

JPaul's picture

It's a great basic sock pattern, Jordan.  It's clear and easy to understand and now that I've done it a couple of times, I'm pretty sure I could knit a sock without carrying the pattern around in my bag.

Mine was 80 sts on size 1 needles.  I did a good 1 1/2 of 1x1 ribbing at the top of the cuff and then changed to k3p1 ribbing for the rest of the socks.  I didn't knit to a specified number of rows, but to the length I wanted and then matched that on the second sock.  Mine are 8" from the top of the cuff to the start of the heel flap.

Have fun with the socks.  What yarn are you using for yours? 

Jordan's picture

JPaul, thanks for the tips!  I'm using Schaefer "Anne" in browns and blues.  Just cast on last night (very exciting)--60 sts at 7.5 st per inch.