Latest socks.

This pair of tube socks has been in the works for quite some time but were finished this morning. A little bit of ripping back when I first started them [too tight] and at the very end [reshaping the toe decreasing for a more pleasing look] but, otherwise, a pretty fast and satisfying project when I could just work on them.
They are a rare commissioned piece, a request from the manager of the book store where I occasionally work. I enjoyed this enough that I plan to start another pair in sock yarn and 2.25 mm needles as my June socks for the knit along. These were knit up in Lion Brand "Amazing" with 3.25 mm doublepoints.

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Comments

Thunderhorse54's picture

NIce!!! I love the color.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks...Shane said his wife likes reds and purples so I figured this would be appropriate.

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ronhuber's picture

Those look great with the colour and pattern. I have never knit a tube sock and wonder what the advantages are.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thank you, Ron. I've done several tube socks and enjoyed them. The one worry is making certain they are long enough. These are about 19 inches in length which puts them about mid-calf.

One advantage for tube socks is not having to worry about where to place the heel; I normally put the Afterthought Heel on a pair of socks soon after beginning the Foot, so I can ensure the foot will be long enough when completed.

This particular pattern is based upon the tube socks in Melanie Fallick's 'Kids Knitting' but is done in 2x2 ribbing rather than 3x3. The trick is increase one extra stitch when beginning the leg, causing the spiral to automatically occur. Then, when knitting the toe, all you do is decrease one stitch at the start of that section and finish off as usual.

The 3x3 ribbing of the original draws in quite a bit whereas this version is more decorative, but still hugs the foot and leg for a decent fit.

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ronhuber's picture

Thanks, Joe. I just might have to try those.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Give it a try. If you aren't happy with the results, you can always take a trip to the frog pond. LOL If you have any questions, you can always message me about them. Take care - Joe

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GLADDINGVANDERIPE's picture

I sure love the colors. I knitted a pair of tube socks for wearing in bed. I found them great for sleeping.
I tried some for regular use, however i found out that they wore out in the heal too quick. I guess I am a heal to toe walker so they say.
The bed socks I made where of alpaca and silk mix they are nice and warm!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks. There is truth in that heel may wear out quickly but one could always do an afterthought heel to help correct that eventuality.

This pair is intended to be worn about the house and for bed, so I imagine they should do okay. That was one of the reasons I went with wool/acrylic.

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Tallguy's picture

But isn't that the point about tube socks -- there is no heel! So you can pull them on any side to the top! If you find that the "usual" spot for the heel is getting thin, jut rotate them a little so you now have the heel in another area -- hence you start wearing them out in another spot. And keep moving the heel around to another side of the sock. That way, they should last a very long time. Eventually, they would show wear evenly all around the sock.... whereupon you can divide the sock at that point, pick up the live stitches and knit them up again! Of course, by then, you probably want a new pair of socks anyway, so just make a new pair. They're so quick to knit anyway.

Alpaca/silk would wear well, and be very warm. They don't have much power to hold their shape, so would fall down all the time if you wore them as regular socks. As bed socks, they would work perfectly.

kiwiknitter's picture

Hi Joe. These are great socks. I really like the warm colours. Well done!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Jesse. Sorry I missed your comment until now...I've been a bit sporadic checking in. The first tube sock in sock yarn is done and I like it very much. No photos yet.

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CLABBERS's picture

Hi Joe,
Beautiful socks. The colors are vibrant and inspiring. I like the idea of tube socks. I always wore them as a kid, but haven't seen any that were hand knit until this pair. I'll have to keep them in mind for an upcoming pair I have planned. Thanks for sharing.

Mark

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks. They aren't too hard to knit in either thicker yarn and larger needles or sock yarn on 2.25mm. I've just begun the second sock in sock yarn and find the first a nice fit...once I got the toe to turn out. As always, I'm available for pointers and help when you want to pursue them.

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CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Joe. I always learn a lot from you. Wish I could join you guys at the summer retreat this year.
Mark