Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Oranje Tulpen

I don't have to translate that, right?

With a bunch of orange wool blend facing me after ripping apart a sweater in a fit of I-don't-want-to-wait-a-minute-longer, I looked for a suitable sock pattern.

What could be better for bright Dutch orange than socks with a tulip pattern? Nothing, of course.

Obviously I am still carrying my trip to the Netherlands last June with me. And why would I fight that?

After a false start making these toe up, I ripped them out and started from the top. The chart kept me on my toes. It's a 24-row repeat with an independent lace panel on each side.

But totally worth it because you end up with these lovely tulips running up the centre front of your sock.
After finishing the leg, I knit the back stitches for 24 rows to make a heel flap followed by a short-row heel:
Then I picked up 12 stitches on both sides of the flap and starting knitting all the way around again. I decreased the extra stitches, one on each side every third row instead of every other row to make a longer gusset.
Once the gusset was decreased, I knit straight on to the toes. I thought I had room for one more "loop de loop" in the tulip pattern but I probably should have skipped it. By the time that was done, I didn't have much room for the toe. I decreased the stitches in fewer rows than normal and ended with more stitches to. This yielded a much more rounded toe.
I did the decreases different on this pair, just for something to try. Instead of lining up the K2togs and the SSKs so that a strong line appears on the decrease line, I reversed their positions and got an essentially invisible decrease. There's just a slight line between the front and back stitches.

Besides the length of the foot being just a bit long (there's no extra length, really; the socks just don't have to stretch to fit), these are definitely one of the best fitting socks I have. I am really loving the heel flap with short-row heel and the longer gusset really helps relieves some of the tightness over the top of my foot. I think my foot is pretty narrow, but it definitely needs more room around the foot, just in front of the leg. Maybe it's the high arches. I don't know, but I'm really happy to have found something that works.
The yarn I used is only 40% merino and I'm hoping it will be not quite as warm (even though it also has 20% angora and 10% cashmere). With the sock's short length, I think they will be good for spring and fall season. So far it is working out that way!

Project Stats
Started
: 2 Jan '15
Finished: 25 Apr '15
Pattern: Tulpen by Stephanie van der Linden (free)
Materials: 40% merino/30% viscose/20% angora/10% cashmere mix from an Express sweater (78 g), held double


Here's one more look--some slip of the finger or misuse of the timer produced this picture, but I think it is kind of neat anyway.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments are moderated so you will not see yours post right away. Thank you for leaving a comment; I enjoy reading each one!

May I suggest?

  • One way designs............ - I decided to make a few of the framed 9 patch blocks yesterday. I wanted to do one of the one way design fabrics to see if I was happy with all of the pi...
    11 hours ago
  • A New Start to a RSC Quilt - For a couple of months now, I have been trying to land on a block design for my next Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. There were some types of fabric scraps...
    1 day ago
  • Give Thanks - After finishing the quilting on Miss Jane, the first *Give Thanks* table runner went into the hoop quilting frame. Now remember, I did NOT do the embroider...
    1 day ago
  • Fremont Tote - I'm about to go on a 2 week trip (including a 14-hour flight with a 7 year old ... wish me luck) to Shanghai, and I wanted to make a bag for the trip. I wa...
    2 days ago
  • Colorful collection - *Happy Independence Day* to my US readers, and happy belated Canada Day to our northerly neighbors! Here along the border in the Thousand Islands region,...
    1 week ago
  • Pause - Have you ever had way too much coffee on a day when you are very tired, and gotten that funny feeling? It’s like the start of panic – not fear, or dread or...
    1 week ago
  • Whither the AirPods - When you live in a big city, it’s possible to witness significant cultural shifts happen in real time. You have a healthy sample size, for one thing....
    4 weeks ago
  • April Hat - [image: April Hat.jpg] I know I had said that I was going to be knitting up a second Thunderstorm Toque next… but then I saw this hat pattern… and well… I...
    2 months ago
  • 25% off Gift-A-Long Sale - I'm participating to the Indie Design 2018 Gift-A-Long again this year. What is a gift-along? It's a 6 week long knit-along and crochet-along of holiday g...
    7 months ago

I Say! or at least I did once...