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1. December 2011 14:46
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More Holiday Knitting? Man Socks? and a rant about ribbing.

1. December 2011 14:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Every year I end up knitting at least a few pairs of ?Man Socks?? aka plain, bland colored, utilitarian, simple, large socks.  Each year it seems, they are for a different person, but nonetheless ? plain ribbed men?s socks. 

Ribbing is my arch enemy!  My nemesis, as it were.  I can knit complicated lace until the cows come home.  Fast.  But put me in front of a garment made up entirely of basic 1x1 or 2x2 ribbing, even seed stitch (that?s just alternating K and P? which is also Ribbing!) and I am paralyzed.  Knitting ribbing seems to take eons.  I know it?s likely all in my head, because I don?t have a problem switching between knit and purl for other things, but ribbing ? oh how I hate thee!  Even though you look beautiful and orderly and elegant in your straight lines.

Kevin's Belfast Wool Socks

Now don?t get me wrong? I know the recipient will love these socks, and they will get worn to pieces, and keep the lucky person?s feet nice and toasty ? but I find knitting plain men?s socks to be complete torture!  I love it when I find a man who will accept a sock with a little cable in it, or a bit of a ?design? to it because I know I?ll be able to finish the more ?complicated? sock in half the time of the plain ribbing ones.  I?ve knit lace socks with all-over lace in less time than knitting a small pair of plain ribbed ones.  Maybe I just get bored with ribbing?  where patterning keeps my brain active and I feel more engaged by the knitting?  who knows.

This pair is made from Belfast Mini Mills Merino/Nylon Blend Sock Yarn in a lovely bittersweet chocolate color.  I found the yarn to be a bit splitty in the beginning, but I got used to it eventually.  This is my improvised plain Man Sock? basically a toe up variety in 1x4 ribbing for everything except the sole, and of course a slipped stitch heel for some extra cushion.  I used up the majority of 2 skeins? one per sock.

24. August 2010 08:46
by Jobo
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These ain't the "Pitts"...

24. August 2010 08:46 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Black Mr Pitt both

 

Finally... the "Mr Pitt" socks are compete!  Despite being dreadfully boring to knit because of the drab color and my general impatience of knitting non-stop ribbing... they have turned out quite nice in the end :)

The pattern itself is quite well written, and straightforward.  The end result is a nice, plain, stretchy, simple pair of men's socks... and it's available as a free pattern on Ravelry!

Mr. Pitt's Socks (aka Dad Socks) by Kaitlyn Wong

When I was reviewing my Christmas gift-buying list this year, I decided to make a simple pair of socks for my husband's uncle and cousin... but of course, while I know the shoe size of feet in question I don't have ready access to them to do specific measurements of key areas. (i.e. ankle and foot circumference)

Sooo... ribbing makes a good compromise, and will fit a variety of foot circumferences (I hope) with ease.  Generally I make mostly women's socks, and can eyeball them, but men's socks look ginormous to me.  Too tall, skinny long feet, and wide heels.  The photos show the socks on ladies size 7-9 blockers, because that's all I have around these days, but they would certainly fit on a men's size 9-10 blocker also with all of the stretchiness.

 

Black Mr Pitt Heel

 

Because it is so difficult to see the design with the black yarn (Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed - in "Soot") I changed the photos to "Sepia" toned.  You can see the heel detail nicely in this photo.  -->

I plan on rounding out the gift with some trinket of some sort and a tin of homemade peanut brittle (which my husband seems to inhale whenever I make it... )

 

 

Black Mr Pitt

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