Diversion socks revealed

These jazzy, short-row socks are done and blocked. I love them, I will be wearing them with Mary Janes the better to show off their exuberant insteps.

Diversion socks I have nothing that really goes with them, bar a pair of grey trousers, but what the heck. The yarn (Lana Grossa’s Meilenweit) called to me from a basket outside a yarn shop in Saarburg 18 months ago and I heard the call. Sometimes you just have to buy – and knit – things that make you happy rather than things that are sensible.

I couldn’t find the sock blockers I once made from a couple of wire coat hangers. I didn’t much like them anyway, if truth be told. So I made another pair of blockers, similar to the glove blockers I already have, this time out of polypropylene sheet. My supply of polyprop sheets comes from the A4 notebooks I use, which have them as section dividers. But A4 isn’t big enough for a whole sock, I had to make each one with a separate leg section. Unfortunately, the foot parts are in colourless polyprop which makes them rather hard to see in the photo.

Sock blockersAll I did to make them was to draw carefully around a sock that fits me well and then cut out the shapes, with rounded corners to prevent them from catching on the socks when they are inserted. The blocker pieces can be rolled a little, almost into tubes, to make them easy to get in and out without distorting the socks. Blocking these socks made quite a difference.

Unblocked socks

Before blocking

Socks after blocking

After blocking

Although it was by accident not design, having the blockers in two parts works well because it makes the leg length adjustable and avoids stretching the ribbed cuff. They are also easier to store. Hopefully I will remember where I’ve put them when the next pair of socks is ready to be blocked.

More socks

Green and yellow socksThis weekend we’ve had the third snowfall of the month, which makes it quite an unusual March. In the circumstances, I have no desire to knit springlike things. Instead I’ve cast on a blue pair of socks like these green ones. I’ll make them a tad longer in the leg though. Not sure how to achieve that at present, as the slip-stitch fabric is quite unyielding and I’ll need to widen the leg a little to prevent the cuff being too tight around my calf. But I’ve got plenty of time to figure it out as I’ve started at the toe end. I’ve just turned the heel, using my favourite Fish Lips Kiss technique, which I also used for the toe.

Blue slip stitch socksThe design is Alternating Slip-stitch Socks which uses a Barbara Walker stitch pattern.



About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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5 Responses to Diversion socks revealed

  1. Aussie says:

    I love them! The half white half silver grey moons are my favourite and I like the lines of changing colours too. Your new socks look interesting. Maybe you could do a very spread out short row calf. So it’s not an alien cup shape. Like do one short row, three plain rounds, another short row. Although I guess that just lengthens the back of the calf upwards and we need to widen it. Hmm yes interesting.

  2. Moons is such a good name for these shapes. I’ve been calling them lozenges or diamonds, but I like moon much better.
    I’ve gone for the easy leg-widening option on the blue socks – bigger needles. The stitch pattern is a 4 stitch repeat, and there’s only 1 plain round in every 6, so to keep the pattern right I would have had to increase 4 sts all together at the back which would have been a bit too sudden I think. Or else just widen maybe 2 or 4 of the 4 stitch repeats to 5 sts and then again to 6 sts 6 rows later (by the time you get to the second half of the 12 row pattern you need an even number of sts in each repeat), but I think that might have looked odd. Changing needle sizes seems to have worked for the Diversions, here’s hoping it will be OK this time around too.

  3. I admire sock knitters. I have tried, but was put off by some unclear instructions in the pattern, so fell victim to the dreaded ‘one sock syndrome’. Shame, it was actually quite an attractive sock….

  4. iceddee says:

    Clever idea for the sock blockers!

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