My Sharks socks started showing serious signs of wear last year. It wasn’t the first time I’ve had to reinforce socks (as I’ve mentioned, our carpet’s pretty hard on them), so I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. I did duplicate stitch over the thin areas and then moved on.
Except a couple of months later there was even more wear, just in different spots. So I mended those areas too.
A couple of months after that, I mended them yet again. The cycle continued once more before I ended up chucking the socks in the trash, because they were worn to the point of no repair.
So, it’s replacement time!
Pattern: Two-Yarn Resoleable Socks by Wayne Pfeffer, adapted by Anne Merrow
Yarn: Claudia Handpainted Fingering in Sharks (leg/instep) and Dream in Color Smooshy in Black Parade (sole/toe)
Needles: US0 / 2.00mm Inox Express circulars
The pattern calls for you to knit the leg and instep in one yarn, and the heel and sole in another yarn, attaching the sole to the instep as you go. I changed it up a tiny bit and did the heel flap in the Sharks yarn, partly because I don’t actually get much wear on my heels and partly because I wasn’t totally sure I had enough Smooshy for both heel flaps and the soles. Turns out I was right on that last part – I had to use a teeny scrap of Koigu for the last four rounds of the second sock. I’m not including it in the yarn list above, though, since I used so little.
I like how it looks, and I love the idea of being able to replace the sole if needed. But I didn’t particularly enjoy this pattern, because it’s a bit fiddly. It’s not super terrible if you keep all the held stitches and active stitches on the same long circular and just use magic loop, though.