Some loyal readers may have noticed over the years that we do not feature a lot of sock projects on our blog. Sally and I do knit socks, but it is a rare occurrence and I personally have not knit a pair in years. I prefer almost anything over socks. I know there are knitters out there who love to knit socks, but they probably aren’t readers 😉 !! I do L-O-V-E sock yarn, which is why I am such a fan of the cute shawlette.
So, to get me to pick up the sock banner, I have to be inspired. The new Knitty just came out and there are three sock patterns that I liked: Chasing Snakes, Lingerie, and Double Heelix. Double Heelix not only caught my eye because they are fun and cute, BUT were rated “Extra Spicy.” Hmmm, a challenge!! (I would link to Knitty, but the links did not work — ??).
I loved the green and teal color combo so much I rushed to The Yarnery and cleaned them out of Malabrigo Sock Yarn in Solis (blue-green) and Lettuce (mono-tonal soft, acid green). The colors are very nice together.
The pattern calls for Judy’s Magic Cast On — a technique I recently learned in order to make Acanthus. It is easy once you figure it out, but it was hard for me to figure out! I did manage but…
The socks start with the Double Heelix heel. It is the challenging part. After the heel is done, it is pretty smooth sailing. I am not yet done with Sock #1, but so far, so good. They are a great fit! Jeny Staiman gives you three sizes, but I needed a larger size. I have a high arch, which means my diagonal foot measurement (as described in the pattern) was bigger than the largest size. It was easy to make size adjustments by following the guidelines given for the other sizes. Jeny does an unusual short row toe, but I just did my standard toe shaping.
The blue is actually the foot being started (I should have turned this the other way!)
Jeny also created a YouTube video that shows how to do the heelix, which is very helpful. Thank goodness I am making these because now I have a portable project!!
PS: I received a comment from Jeny (the designer) asking me to include more details about my modifications to enlarge the sock. I am happy to oblige!
To enlarge: I did 11 cycles and ended up with 36 sts. Cast on 44 across arch for 80 sts. Decreased to 72 to complete the foot and the cuff. When I get to the ribbing, I may increase back to 80 and go down to 2.25 mm dpns (they are the size I have!).
PS2: To our loyal readers who also knit socks — I was kidding that sock knitters would not read our blog! Notice that there is a 😉 with that statement? Sock knitters are everywhere. But my point was, if you go to a blog looking for socks, you are going to be disappointed at The Rainey Sisters. If you come looking for sweaters, lace, cables, beading, and general all around knitting-related gibberish, then you are in the right place. And all are very welcome!!