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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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