Everything old is new again

Or, “This Old Sock.”

There were these socks.  I knit them up for the boy-child, who never liked them and never wore them. After he moved out (he is a grown-up, now, and living on his own, but stops by from time to time), I found them in his room and confiscated them for my use.

Well, I decided that I didn’t really like them, either, and I was annoyed by the yarn pooling on the foot of the socks.  However, I couldn’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good (if ugly) socks, so I thought…. could I re-knit them?

So, here we have “Nutkin” sock, by Beth LaPensee, free on Ravelry.  I’ve had this pattern for a long time – it was first published in 2007.  Never made it, though.  Not sure why, but I think the turned cuff at the top had something to do with it.

I started at the toe of the old sock (since it was a top-down sock) and knit the new as I unraveled the old.  Worked very well, and I am very pleased with the result of the first sock.

Now that I’m working on the second sock, I wonder if there is some “off-ness” about the yarn, which caused the pooling (from a sock-yarn perspective).  It took several false starts before I could align the yarn in the second sock so that it did not pool.

Yarn:  I have no idea.  I am fairly sure that I knit this, the first time, before I had the blog, so it’s been a while ago, and I don’t have a record.  It’s good, solid sock yarn, so probably one of the common commercial brands.  It was washed several times before abandoned and then reclaimed.

Note on the “new” (top of picture) sock – although the colors you see in the heel and toe are throughout the yarn, because of the shorter rows, it is only distinct in the heel and toe – almost looks like one used a different yarn for contrast.

Shout out to Beth LaPensee for a good pattern – it’s easy to follow and memorize, and looks nice.  I changed her short-row heel for a German Short Row heel (check out the video by Knit Purl Hunter), which I discovered a while ago, and like because it is a lot easier than traditional short rows, and looks nicer.


Completed Project: Hidden Hearts Socks

This project dates back to August (see post), and was a “learning” project as much as a sock project.

Things learned:

Turkish Cast-on with one Circular Needle – my new favorite toe-up sock cast-on method.

Knitting on Circular Needles (instead of DPNs) – Also my new favorite technique.  While the cable for the circular needle sometimes gets in the way, this technique is much safer and more stable for me than trying to manage DPNs.

Project Progress by the Gram – as a toe-up sock, with a yarn that was enough for two socks in one skein (Berroco Comfort Sock Yarn), it was an interesting experiment to knit “half the yarn” and then start the next sock.

That mostly worked – I ran out of yarn right at the ribbing of the second sock and had to find something that would coordinate and complete the project.  I considered unraveling half of the ribbing for the first sock, but discarded that idea as being unnecessarily complicated.  As it happens, I kind of like the result – the scrap yarn I used coordinated perfectly, and almost seems intentional.

There was a lot of yarn.  This is a knee sock!

Something else that worked out unexpectedly – the yarn pattern matched up perfectly in the sock.  That made my day.

All in all – a thoroughly enjoyable (if slow to completion) project, and I learned several new techniques that will have a permanent place in my knitting repertoire.

Detail of sock pattern
Sock with “alternate” band. Second sock is laid out, below


Casting On – Skyp Socks

I’ve made Simple Skyp Socks  (free Ravelry download) several times; it’s an easy pattern that is suitable for males, looks nice, and is adaptable to any foot size.

The current project is for a special male in my life; I hope it warms his toes.

Yarn is On Your Toes by Kertzer in color Camouflage.  The yarn company seems to be out of business, and the yarn is only available through second-party sources (eBay and the like).  Too bad – I like the wide color bands and the yarn is treated with Aloe Vera for additional softness and warmth.  I purchased this skein a few years ago from my favorite LYS:  River Knits.

I only purchased one skein (400 yds), so I hope I have enough for a man’s sock.

KAL Update – Cableship

I have very much enjoyed this project.  The instructions are clear, the intervals (between one section and the next) are manageable, and the sock is terrific.  Thanks, KnitPurlHunter!

I’m sorry to report that I don’t have WIP photos.  The project was so fast and so fun (and my day gig is starting to get busy), I didn’t a chance.

So, here is the completed project!


  1.  Socks using a single circular needle are probably going to be a permanent part of my repertoire.  I feel that I have a lot more control.  (That said – I’ll be interested to observe my experience the next time I knit cuff-down socks.  I’m not sure how I’ll manage the toe decreases).
  2. However, this is my third sock using a single circular needle that knit up larger than expected.  I must be using a circular needle differently than DPNs, and I need to figure out how to adjust.
  3. Turkish Cast On for toe up socks is much easier (for me) than Judy’s Magic Cast On (IMHO).  With apologies to knitting technique pioneer Judy Becker, the Turkish Cast On is easier for me to manage and remember.
  4. German Short Row Heel – the way to go as a terrific alternative to the traditional knit heel (particularly for toe-up socks).  Michelle Hunter’s instructions are the best.
  5. I like the Zauberball yarn – it is made for socks (yes, I realize that all sock yarn is technically “made for socks,”) and is a very nice weight, handles well, and shows off the pattern of the sock well. (Shout-out to my Local Yarn Store, River Knits, for carrying this and other fine brands)
You can see the back cable on the prone sock

If you look closely, you’ll notice that I did not bow to my usual obsession to have the stripes match.  This particular varigated yarn pattern does not seem to have regular repeats, and the color chages are gradual enough to not trigger my need for balance.  Besides, I plan to gift these socks, so I probably won’t see them to notice.

Completed – Cachoeira Socks

Slow to start, but once I finally got onto the pattern, it went quickly.

Comments –

  • I originally thought the pattern too busy and distracting, but after working it up, I really enjoy it.
  • Using one circular needle for socks – new favorite technique for sock knitting!  While any technique has its appeals and frustrations, knitting with a single circular needle allows more secure project management – meaning, no stitches dropped off the ends of the DPNs, no cramming too many stitches on a DPN, no lost stitches when on the go.
  • Still don’t know why this project knit up a good bit larger than expected.  Definitely wearable, but plenty big.
  • I really liked the way the pattern continued on to the heel stitches.  Very interesting and appealing use of pattern.

The details:

Pattern:  Cachoeira, found at Knitting Magazine.

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tweed in color Lost Lake Heather.  Machine washable, shows detail well, 65% Superwash Marino Wool, 25% Nylon, 10% Donegal (which accounts for the tweed).

WIP – Cachoeira Socks

One done – one to go.  This project is moving along well, despite a slow start.

As with the other sock project currently on the needles, I am enjoying the new experience of knitting with a circular needle (as opposed to DPNs) and might adopt that as a regular practice.  There was a bit of a challenge in casting on using the circular needle.  It felt awkward, at first, but I eventually got onto it.  Will have to repeat several times until I’m comfortable with casting on socks with circular needles.

I like the stability of a circular needle – I have more confidence that the stitches at the end of the rows won’t drop off, and it was easier to knit the heel on the circular needle.  The project is also more portable, as I’m not managing (and keeping track of) 4 or 5 DPNs.

New experiences broaden the mind, are challenging, and can result in new skills.

As with the other sock project, this sock is knitting up a bit larger than expected.

WIP – Hidden Heart Socks

Current progress on one of the two sock projects on needles.

I enjoy knitting socks on a circular needle (new to me with this and the other project) – however, I’ve noticed that I’m either using a needle a size too large or my knitting is looser with a circular needle.  Both socks are running a bit large.

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I like the Berroco Comfort Sock yarn.  It’s easy to knit and makes a nice sock.  This particular color (#1811 Hari Hari) has much more gradual color variations than suggested by the company photos.  I’n not complaining – it suits this pattern well.

Another interesting observation about this yarn – the yarn ball is 100 grams to start, and I currently have 72 grams left – based upon current progress, that suggests a fairly tall sock, if I want to use up all the yarn for this pattern.  The nice thing about toe-up socks, is you can knit until you run out of yarn.