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Old 03-16-2009, 05:06 PM   #1
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FO - Pippi Longstocking Socks (aka Stornoway Socks)
Here is a picture of my latest finished project:



I’m calling them my Pippi Longstocking Socks because they remind me of the old, old, old show’s main character. She always wore the craziest socks.



The pattern is actually called Stornoway Socks. The free pattern can be found here.

My friend, Rabbitrescuer, wanted to learn how to knit socks, so I offered to do a Knit-a-Long with her. I let her pick out the pattern. She picked a GREAT one too!

This pattern is written for Magic Loop. It has a short-row heel.

The yarn is Fiesta Baby Boom. The colorway is Tutti Frutti. The yarn is fabulous! It’s soft and moved easily through my hands. I used 100 grams (3.6 oz.). The skeins have 2 oz each, so it was roughly 1.75 skeins of yarn. Thank goodness I had bought two!



One of my favorite things about this pattern is the cable that runs up one side of each sock. Yes, there’s a left and right sock. So, you have a different cable for each one.



Here’s where I learned a big lesson: Never think you’re bigger than your britches. I figured I was good that I could do the cable without a cable needle…and so I proceeded to work sock #1. When I got to sock #2, I paused with the different cable, actually thinking my way through it. And I made an interesting discovery…my cable on the first sock was backwards. It was supposed to be running to the outside of the leg. There was no way I was going to frog it, so I did the reverse cable on the other leg. It’s not like it was an intricate pattern, and non-knitters would never notice. Actually, I don’t think most knitters would either.

My pattern modifications (other than the unintended cable switch) were to knit the socks almost to my knees, thus adding five more pattern repeats that involved increases on the back of the leg, and adding 10 rounds of 22 ribbing for the cuff.

The pattern is easy to memorize, so it literally flew off my needles. Had I not had to do the napkin rings for the church retreat, I could easily have had these done in two weeks (factoring in my work schedule, of course). I had so much yarn that I figured it would be a shame end the socks calf-high. Oh, and I worked the double rib invisible bind-off, my favorite, from the Fall 2008 Interweave Knits issue. I’ve mentioned it before.

My only complaint is with the way the colors changed near the top. I think it’s because of the increases I had to do for the calf (written into the pattern). Perhaps adding more stitches threw off the color pattern and led to a looser and thus darker appearance? Who knows. You can tell, from looking at the heel in one of the photos, how much darker the stripes are there as well.

Whatever.

I love the socks. I feel young and carefree when I’m wearing them. They are extra warm, and they are the best fitting pair of socks I have ever made.
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Old 03-16-2009, 05:19 PM   #2
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Oooooooya! Oooooorah! Those are the darndest cute sox!
Good for you, persevering and finishing! And finished well, too! Great job!
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I LOVE them ! I like long socks like that too. They are just so cute and schoolgirl/sexy all at the same time ykwim? Anyway these ones are really really cute and you did a great job.

Gosh reading that post back I was almost sounding like I could get away with the schoolgirl look, I am kinda liking not having my picture here. LOL A girl can dream right?
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Gosh reading that post back I was almost sounding like I could get away with the schoolgirl look, I am kinda liking not having my picture here. LOL A girl can dream right?
I think that's what makes these so much fun! I took them into work to show off, and my co-worker said, "Why don't you put them on?"

I had on a pair of Sketchers that show the feet, so I figured...why not? They sure didn't match my orange tee shirt (I work at a high school, so it was a school shirt), but heck...it's about having fun.

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Beautiful! I LOVE them!
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Cute socks! I like them much better than the ones pictured in the original pattern!

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Those are great and they look just like the socks pippi used to wear
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Those are really cute! I love that cable. Now I have the Pipi Longstocking song stuck in my head though
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They look great on!
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Cute knee socks! No one will ever guess the cables are twisted backwards. Who is to say which way is the right way anyhow. :-)
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