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Mock Wave Cable Socks

I kind of hate purlwise M1s, and this project contained way too many of them for my tastes. Needless to say, I’m glad these socks are done!

Pattern:
Mock Wave Cable Socks by Ann Budd, published in Favorite Socks

Yarn:
Louet Gems Pearl in Baby Goldilocks

Needles:
US0 / 2.00mm Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs

 
I literally ran out of yarn – one sock is actually two rows shorter in the toe than the other because of this. That’s never happened to me before. After all, I’m quite short, so my socks are a few inches shorter in the leg than most patterns call for. And this usually leaves me with at least some yarn, so that I can darn the sock down the line if needed.

However, this particular sock pattern is 80 stitches around. Yes, 80. That kind of makes a difference over rows and rows of tiny stitches. There was no reducing the number of stitches, either, because this is the thinnest fingering-weight yarn I’ve worked with to date. (In heavier fingering-weight yarns, I’d usually use 64-72 stitches, and 72’s kind of on the large side.)

Oh well. I’m not sure if the current Louet Gems fingering weight is any heavier than this older skein of the Gems Pearl. If it’s the exact same weight, I probably won’t use it again for socks. (Well, beyond the last two skeins remaining in my stash.) It’s nice yarn, but it’s so fine, it takes too long to knit.

As for the socks themselves, I like the finished product, but the process was a pain. I am never knitting this pattern again. Mostly because of the purlwise M1s.

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Toasty toes

Hey, look, sock toes!

To the left, we have a Mock Wave Cable Sock. To the right, we have the (finally!) revived Fairways sock.

I don’t have much to say about the former, except that I’m tired of purlwise M1s. But the latter’s another story. You can totally tell I hadn’t worked on it in ages – my colorwork’s all wonky. (Should block out, though. I hope!) Also, I don’t particularly love the toe, but then again I don’t hate it, either. So I think I’ll just leave it.

And finally, it’s pretty high on the list of “things I will never do again.” Well, okay, it’s not quite there yet. I’ll probably knit the second one at some point, after all! But then it’ll go on the list! Believe me when I say that my next colorwork socks will be much simpler.

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Finally, something new

If you’re reading this post, it means that my webhosting switch was successful. Yay!

Also, this update isn’t knitting-free. Because I have a new WIP to share!

I wouldn’t let myself start any new socks until I finished both the Sharks socks and the Retro Ribs. So needless to say, I cast on for this as soon as I wove in the Retro Ribs ends.

Doesn’t look very impressive, does it? But it’ll be more interesting when worn.

These are Mock Wave Cable Socks. They’re easy, but they take slightly more attention than hockey knitting should. So progress may be a little slow. But we’ll see how it goes.

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