Socks are one of my favorite travel knitting projects. They are compact, you generally don’t need too many notions, and if needed you can wear your FO on your trip. Recently I bought a skein of Knit Picks Felici in Slumber Party. I have never knit with this yarn and have been seeing it around the internet (see here). Knit Picks was having a sale so I decided to give it a try. The Felici color options are so fun. The yarn composition is a Merino wool/ nylon blend and is quite soft.
As for sock design, I began using Judy’s magic cast on using a US size 2 circular needle ( I cast on 20 stitches total). This method is great for toe up socks. I then used a short row heel construction. I must say I really don’t like short row heels when making socks for myself. They come out too shallow for my liking. I made sure to add a few rows to the heel section to give myself some extra length. If I don’t do this then my socks pull in the back and it creates an uneven cuff (higher in the front and lower in the back).
For the bind off, I modified Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind off. I only used the yarn over with the knit stitches (not the purl) aka I made a yarn over for every other stitch. I found that using the method on all of the stitches made the cuff way to loose.
My socks came out not too bad for just making it up as I went. The socks have a close fit, but not as form fitting as I typically like them. As for the yarn, it doesn’t have as much stretch as other brands such as Cascade. However, the color scheme and price might make me try it again with future socks.
Anyone have a favorite sock yarn brand?
Until Next Time,