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auburnchick
07-20-2009, 10:11 AM
Hot off the needles...my 14th pair of socks!!

These are my Hanging Vines Socks.

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The free pattern can be found here (http://www.knotions.com/issues/winter_2008/patterns/hanging_vines/directions.aspx).

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I originally cast on using green Koigu KPM, but, as you can see in the picture below, the yarn was knobby and hid the cable work. As you know, being a good knitter begins with the marriage of a yarn to a pattern. If they don't pair up well, they have to find new mates. We'll just say mine were dating and decided to break things off before the relationship got too complicated.

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I wanted these socks to be green, so I pulled out my skein of Sockotta (color #816). I used 85 grams of the 100-gram skein.

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I started the socks on July 4 and finished last night, July 19. I would have finished sooner, but I had a few days when I didn't knit at all.

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The socks look complicated, but the pattern really was fairly easy once I figured out a few little things. My google search for clarity in a couple of the instructions led me to a knit-a-long (http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knotions-magazine/399002/51-75#54) on Ravelry.

The ladies on the forum were very patient as I posted several requests for help. It didn't take me long to figure out that, simply put, I'm a dummy. Don't over-think this pattern. It's not that hard.

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The only part of the pattern that really drove me bonkers was the heel, where the pattern is continued on the first half of it.

Because you are working back and forth on one needle (the one that holds your heel stitches), you have to remember to reverse the stitches as they are written on the even rows. Additionally, you work your way from left to right on those rows and then go back to right to left on the odd rows. After knitting in the round and reading your stitches right to left for most of the sock, it can be a bit disconcerting.

The other issue I had with the heel chart is Row 7, which I believe has an error. Instead of the kfb, I did a M where the kfb's occur on the chart.

The payoff is worth it though. The heel is lovely!

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Although I've knit quite a few pairs of socks, I usually have the problem of my socks running a smidge too large. I know that I need to go down one needle size (most of my socks are knit using 1 1/2 needles), but I don't own a pair of 1's. The Mr. told me I can order a pair so my socks will fit better.

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To get a better fit, I only completed 2 1/2 pattern repeats after the heel turn. By starting the toes earlier, I shortened the foot, making for a snugger fit.

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My son took such fantastic pictures that I had to post them all.

Thanks for looking!!

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margz3
07-20-2009, 10:15 AM
Ooooohhh - I LOVE them Nathalie! That pattern is so pretty!! And your son did a great job with the photography :thumbsup:

krismorales
07-20-2009, 10:46 AM
Really pretty socks...The pattern looks really difficult. I'm working on my first patterned socks now. I'v completed 2 pair of basic socks so far and am pretty hooked.

auburnchick
07-20-2009, 11:38 AM
You wouldn't believe how easy the pattern is compared to what it looks like when you're done. The cabling is only done twice in an entire pattern repeat. You get the cabling effect because of the placement of the k2tog's and ssk's. The hardest part was figuring out how to move a few stitches around, and I really only made it difficult on myself. Anyone else would have just done it and not questioned it.

Doublereeder2
07-20-2009, 12:08 PM
Gorgeous!!!!!:yay: :yay: :yay:

nannaknits
07-20-2009, 07:13 PM
You do the prettiest socks, Nathalie. :heart:

mks22300
07-20-2009, 07:30 PM
Those look awesome!

lulubell
07-20-2009, 11:03 PM
A real work of art. Wonderful socks.

pinksugar
07-21-2009, 12:33 AM
what pretty cabling! and I really like the delicacy that the second wool you chose gave the pattern.

I like that green, so fresh and springlike :)

wezyus
07-21-2009, 01:34 AM
Superb n gorgeous

Debkcs
07-21-2009, 03:08 AM
Your feet look so happy! Fourteen pairs now, that's amazing. What's next?

Karina
07-21-2009, 07:23 AM
Amazing socks. love them. thanks for sharing the link, have just saved it as a favorite.

Slim
07-21-2009, 08:25 AM
Beautiful socks! Good choice on the yarn -- I love the color.

auburnchick
07-21-2009, 01:05 PM
Your feet look so happy! Fourteen pairs now, that's amazing. What's next?

My next project will be making mini stockings for Dustina's Operation Children's Stockings (http://mountaineerknitter.blogspot.com/2009/06/christmas-stocking-for-magic-loop-and-2.html). She's trying to get 1,000 made for the children in her town. I have a goal of how many I want to knit. We'll see if I reach it. I have a lot of yarn left from last year's project that we did for soldiers. The socks are quick knits. Dustina wrote patterns for Magic Loop, dpns, and two circs. Her instructions are spot-on and very easy to follow.

WandaT
07-22-2009, 09:01 AM
Wow! They are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the color too!! Thanks for the inspiration!

KnittingNat
07-22-2009, 10:32 AM
They look absolutely yummy!!! Great job :thumbsup:

bambi
07-22-2009, 10:43 AM
Great Socks, Nathalie! :muah:

Bambi

Dimpledapple
07-23-2009, 08:40 PM
Fourteen pairs, wow! Very impressive:thumbsup: Your modeling is great -- the socks look absolutely wonderful!

MoniDew
07-24-2009, 01:36 PM
gorgeous!! and great pics! thank you for "talking" us through your experience, too.

dturner
07-24-2009, 05:58 PM
They're awesome! I don't think I've ever seen the pattern continued down that far on the heel. Neat idea!

ArtLady1981
07-26-2009, 12:26 AM
These socks are another HIT! You should be a foot model for one of the knitting magazines! Such darling little feetsies!