Striped Socks

Has yarn ever spoken to you?   For several years these skeins of sock yarn, from JaWoll, sat there and I wanted striped socks.  I think that they reminded me of my favorite summer dress as a little girl that was blue and white striped.  So, in my recent sock frenzy I took out these skeins and decide to knit them up.

JaWoll by Lang is absolutely my favorite sock yarn, it is consistent, high quality, comes in many colors, and has its own reinforcing thread in each skein.  These are the go-to sock yarns for me, and my husband has socks knit up with this yarn that are 20+ years old!  And he does wear all of his socks.

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And using my newest favorite revision of the tubular cast on (Japanese tubular cast on), I started with 24 towns of twisted rib.

Then, I wanted to try a new type of knitting to reduce the dreaded jog in yarn color changes.  Here is the technique that I have tried in the past.  And there is a good tutorial video here:

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Trying this technique for a few rows, I was not happy with the result.  Even though it does show the rows the same height, I was not happy with how far it had traveled over in just a few short color changes.  I am a nut for symmetry, and this would have always bothered me.

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And here is another tutorial on just using a straight slip stitch.  I like the way that this looks better.  I tuck my yarn in as I carry it though:

So, the finished socks came out beautiful, and look like I had hoped.  However, I decided to put these in the gift pile for now.  I just knit up a pair of socks with Fiber Optic yarn, that I think I want to keep for myself instead.

Does anyone else notice the color difference in the blue skeins?  I ordered them online years ago, and in the skein they looked the same, but when knit up, the bottom one is definitely more grey in tone.

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I made a short row heel for these socks, but with a twist.  I first made a small increase gusset prior to getting to the heel portion.  Then, I knit the short row heel, and decreased that gusset down again.  In the process of doing the short row heel, I added stitches by picking up at the end of the short row segments.  And using the German short row technique in the process.

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This makes for a better fitting short row, in my opinion.  Myself, I have a high instep and between the mini gusset and the increases in the short row, these pull over my foot without stretching out at that point.  I also think that striped socks work better with a short row heel.

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And, I finished off with a traditional toe decrease.

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Now, I knit these socks at separate times, and there were a couple of vacations in between (these were knit on my beautiful signature dpn’s and I did not want them confiscated by TSA).  To keep track of my decisions on socks, since many of them are my own “designs” or improvisations, I have taken to the habit of writing down my instructions on small pieces of paper and inserting them into the leg of the first sock as I knit is up.  This helps when coming back later to finish the second sock.