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4. April 2010 10:00
by Jobo

Ribbing with a Twist: Simple Skyp Socks

4. April 2010 10:00 by Jobo | 2 Comments

After several months of knitting complicated lace and cable socks... I thought it might be a nice change to just knit a plain pair.  Now plain (as in completely plain stockinette stitch or something similar) might not have been enough to keep me interested and enthusiastic throughout the whole pair - so I searched to find the perfect pair with a nice mix of simplicity, but with a twist to help keep my interest.

This is what I found:  Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

skyp sock5

When I first saw the pattern name, I didn't clue in that "SKYP" was actually an acronym representing the names of the stitches in the pattern - Slip 1, Knit 1, YO, Pass Stitch Over K1 and YO.  Makes total sense!  Why didn't I think of that?

skyp sock2 The majority of the design is made up of 6 x 2 ribbing, where the central 2 stitches of the 6 stitch bar have a bit of a twisted braid which does a nice job of dressing up the simple ribbing.

Because I doubt that the intended recipient washes many delicate items... I chose a workhorse style yarn to make washing and care easy.  This is the second pair of socks I've made from Regia Galaxy Saturn, and though the patterning was somewhat of a surprise, the end result has been pleasing both times.  This yarn is supposed to be washer and dryer safe, and has a reputation for being very durable.

I find it challenging to make men's socks.  I like things that are girly and patterned, and as my husband would put it - ridiculously over the top fancy.  Apparently men don't appreciate such things?  And as refreshing as simplicity can be... the thought of knitting plain ribbing for size 11 Men's feet makes me want to knit my own eyes shut.  These were a good happy medium I think :)

Of course, since it is based on a 2 row repeating pattern, this design was very easy to memorize.  I was able to work on this pair in the car, even in low lighting.  The last pair of size 11 socks I made, the second sock syndrome was pretty tough to cure.  This pair wasn't a problem though.  I think it was a combination of the interesting yarn and the fun of twisting the stitches that kept me chugging along.

skyp sock3

I followed the pattern exactly... from the slip stitch heel to the stockinette foot.  The only real modification I did was to carry the Skyp pattern down the foot on all 5 ribs (instead of just the centre 3)

It is a challenge for me to try and come up with interesting photos to showcase socks... I guess since I've knit so many different ones now that I'm running out of unique "poses" lol.

I even enjoyed working the kitchener stitch on the toe (which I am getting more and more comfortable with... I don't even have to dig out the cheat sheet now to remember which stitch goes where!)


skyp sock1 

I have owed this pair of hand knit socks to a certain someone for a very long time, in fact so long, that he may have forgotten that I said I would make him a pair ;) 


I hope he likes them!  I plan on mailing them on Monday... I figure every adult enjoys receiving mail that isn't a Bill, right?

12. February 2010 10:57
by Jobo

Sock Interlude - a simple pair of socks for a change...

12. February 2010 10:57 by Jobo | 2 Comments

saturn socksWith all of the crazy sock competition insanity going around... it was a very refreshing change to knit a plain pair of socks for a friend.

This pair was based on the most basic straightforward sock design I know.  The parts are all familiar and reliable, and I can work each section without a pattern or too much thought.  I don't even really need to watch my fingers anymore.

- Top Down (cuff to toes design)

- 64 Stitches in a round

- Plain 2x2 ribbing for 2 inches

- Traditional Gusset heal over 32 stitches (half of the total round)

- plain foot, tapered to 12 stitches and then kitchener stitch to finish.


The yarn was Regia Galaxy "Saturn" in color 1578, basically a self patterning grey/green/purple yarn.  It didn't exactly knit up in stripes, but almost that way.  From what I gather the yarn is supposed to make stripy swirly patterns that resemble the look of a planet from space.

Initially, I thought maybe the yarn was going to feel itchy and/or traditional style wooly, but it did seem to soften some during the knitting process.  I chose to use this yarn specifically because of it's reputation for being tough.  The ball band even goes so far as to state that the finished socks will be "machine washable up to 40 degrees C, no felting, dryer proof with 10 years Regia-Garantie" so I hope they live up to their promotion.  The finished socks were knit on 2.75 mm DPNs, and the fabric still felt nice and solid.   Even after being carried around in my purse for a week, there was no sign of any fuzzing or pilling (don't laugh, I had a pair I was making from Bernat Sox that were junk and looked like they had been worn for a year BEFORE I was even done knitting them!)  I would definetly use Regia Products again, though I am not always attracted to the types of self striping/patterning yarns that they seem to be coming out with lately.

I wasn't crazy about the pattern that the yarn made... but these socks are for a man, so it does look sufficiently like camouflage style print to still be acceptable (so says my picky husband who thinks socks should be all one color - Blasphemy says I)  I didn't really do any special blocking on these, as you can tell, which doesn't make for great photos, but the recipient tells me they are warm and wooly, just the way he likes them!

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