Because everything sounds better in Gollum-speak, right? Sockses, pocketses, needleses!

Socks I knitted nearly four years ago are now showing definite signs of wear. I’ve written before about how I makes socks tough, so I won’t repeat all that. However, I’m always surprised by how most instructions create a reinforced heel back flap, while leaving the entire sole in a single, weak layer. Perhaps I walk differently than others, but my heel bottoms wear out first! I started (three years ago) to reinforce my heel bottoms with the slipped stitch columns used typically for heel flaps, and just that one little step contributed significantly to their longevity.

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My Hedera socks: made with light fingering weight yarn, thin and lacy, and yet they’ve held up really well over the years. The leg and instep are in great condition and only the heel bottom has worn out. Interestingly, you can see clearly here that the only columns to retain a ghostly presence still are the slipped and reinforced ones – the regular stockinette columns in between have totally disappeared!

01 cols

I planned to re-do the area with duplicate stitch weaving. So I created guidelines …

02 threads

…and started duplicate stitching. This however was so tedious I couldn’t go on! So I darned the area with regular weaving …

03 weave

… and then did a diagonal weave to fill in the gaps. The result is ugly, but functional and comfortable.

04 diagonal

For the next sock, I picked up stitches from a non-frayed section, knit a flap and sewed it down. I reinforced every stitch on the flap: k1,sl1 on the RS; p1, sl1 on the WS. This created a dense good fabric but also really shrank the size of the flap. If I did this again, I’d use larger needles than what the socks were knitted with.

05 knit

Also, I finished my Chestnut Cabled Knee Highs!

01 back

I made them thigh high with long ribbed sections. The cables go different ways on each sock for finicky symmetry. They do fall down as my knee bends with walking, though. So I’ll attach an elastic garter or a drawstring around the top soon. Apart from that problem, they are warm and comfortable.

02 symmetry

Pattern: Little Cabled Knee Highs
Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Socks; 100% merino; 357m = 114g; fingering wt; 2 skeins; “That Ol’ Chestnut”
Needle: 2.5mm bamboo dpn

And finally, I’ve started the Knotty or Knice socks in DIC Smooshy. I’ll make these knee high too. The cable crossings are super fussy, but at least after the first repeat you don’t have to look at the chart again, they quite logical and easy to remember.

02 foot

So Many Sockses!

0 thoughts on “So Many Sockses!

  • 23 December 2014 at 18:36
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    I have not yet needed to darn socks. I’m a bit nervous about when I do. It’s not hard?

    And I LOVE the knee socks! Those may need to be made. Perfect for a cold New England day!

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    • 26 December 2014 at 5:36
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      Hmm… not hard, just tedious! But worth it, otherwise you’d have to throw away something in perfectly good condition because of a small worn patch. Yeah, I’m loving my long socks this winter!

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