Friday, January 07, 2011

FOs for the men: Part 2

More manly socks. You'd be forgiven for thinking I've posted the same boring gray socks twice in a row. In fact, these are a different pattern and yarn from the last - I couldn't face making two identical pairs of boring socks! Hehe. (Boring in a nice way, of course).

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Pattern: Globe Trotter Socks by Jodie St. Clair

Yarn: Regia Solid 4-ply

Notes:
I enjoyed knitting the seed-stitch rib pattern. The fact that there are two rows to the pattern, rather than the same thing every row, added some interest.

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I made the 70-stitch size. Just a note if you're thinking of making this size: I don’t think you can do a slip-stitch heel on an odd number of stitches, but the pattern specifies 35 stitches for the flap. (Or can you? Am I being dumb?) Anyway, it wasn't working for me - constantly slipping an already-slipped stitch at the beginning of the row wouldn't have worked out for long. After doing a few rows and getting a bit confused, I decreased to 34 stitches for the heel flap and it worked fine.

These were the last gift I made for Christmas, and I almost didn't make them. But my fiancé kept saying "Oooh, I like socks!" while watching me knit the socks for my dad, so I thought he'd appreciate them. It's difficult to knit a secret project when spending most hours of the day with the recipient, however; when he got off work for the holidays I had to be creative about hiding away and knitting for a few minutes at a time... I finally finished the socks on Dec 23rd - not bad timing, if I do say so myself.

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we don't actually have a dramatic sloping floor in the flat

Sadly, they are a bit short. He doesn't seem to mind, but next time I'll make the foot longer. I offered to unravel the toes and add a little more length, but he got all protective and said I couldn't take them away! A good sign?

See more Friday FOs at Tami's Amis

13 comments:

  1. Ooo, I like them! I let me husband pick out sock yarn from Knit Picks in my last order for when I start making socks. He got all excited about it. I, too, had to knit secretly to finish a Christmas present. Unfortunately, I didn't finish mine, so he watched me knit the end on our vacation.

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  2. I love the seed-stitch rib, it looks great in both the close up and non close up views. And I think the protectiveness about the socks is definitely a good sign. :)

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  3. Very manly! I will have to put that pattern in my favorites for future reference. His response was definitely a good sign! How nice to have the hand knits appreciated! : )

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  4. ahh they are fab so pleased they were well received, i got my first pair of knitted socks from my sister for my birthday and i love them x

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  5. They look great! I really like that seed stitch rib...hmmm, may have to add the pattern to my sock queue!

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  6. I've had this pattern queued for a while, and recently bought some sale yarn to make more socks for my hubby. Might have to add these to my list for this year.

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  7. Muy macho. You did a lovely job.

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  8. Very nice socks. I like that pattern. Yes, that's a good sign, if you want to knit more manly socks.

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  9. Great socks. How wonderful that he got protective of them. I think that is a great sign. I wish my OH would let me knit something for him, but he is so worried that he might not like it and then I'll be upset or he will have to wear something he doesn't like and will be upset, so I am not allowed to knit him anything. Ah well, more yarn for me!

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  10. Definitely great man socks. Good job you!

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  11. How sweet :) They look great!

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  12. Such territorial behaviour is definitely a good sign!

    They're such great men's socks. Perfect colour, it goes so well with the seed stitch rib.

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