Wednesday, June 23, 2010

FO - Vinnland Socks

A "P.S." before posting: 
If you are a sock knitter like me, or even if you haven't knit socks but you wish to learn, consider knitting a pair for afghans for Afghans.  They haven't posted their new campaign on their webpage yet, but they are looking for socks in children's and women's sizes.  You can even learn to knit socks, as you knit a pair for them, by following along in their KAL blog sock class.  Believe me, if you choose a simple pattern, and knit a smaller size, socks are practically instant-gratification knitting, and someone will appreciate having warm feet!

On to Vinnland:  They are washed and blocked now, so I thought I would share a better photo and an overview.

Pattern:  Vinnland, by Becca Compton
Source:  The AntiCraft, a webzine
Materials:  1 skein Miss Babs Bamboo Baby in "Grapitude", and US 2 circular needles
My Modifications:  I used a different bind off than the one called for, as noted in yesterday's post.

My favorite thing about these socks?  There are no seams!
They are knit from the toe-up, starting with a provisional cast-on from the point where the seam normally would be. ( I refreshed my memory on a basic provisional cast on with this tutorial by Knit and Tonic.)  Then after knitting a short-row toe from top to bottom, the original stitches of the provisional cast on are picked up, and the knitting continues in a circle until all that is left is binding off and weaving in ends - Yay!

Other pattern notes:
Gauge:  I swatched on US 1, US 2, and US 3.  I got the called for gauge of 29sts for 4" on the US 3 in the swatching process, but realized as I started knitting the socks that it was off.  I went back to US 2 for the socks and it worked.  Go figure!
Needles:  The pattern is written for DPNs but easily adjustable to the Magic Loop method. 
Stitch pattern:  Easy to follow and addictive!  The author provides written instructions of the 16 row stitch pattern repeat, as well as a downloadable chart.

Overall, a great pattern.  I'm almost ready to cast on for another pair!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the good information Shannon. I feel so lucky to have a pair of socks just waiting for the A for A project that I missed sending off last time around! Woo Hoo!