No Curlicue to see here, move right along!

Oh, I know. It’s a winner.

I think it’s the yarn. The light-colored yarn really makes every single stitch visible, every slant and eyelet immediately obvious, and the whole thing, simply fabulous.

The sportweight yarn makes the few seconds I’ve had to knit very satisfying, since I’ve been able to accomplish inches of knitting in just a few minutes.

I’m questioning the length of the leg – I may have made it too high. My legs are shaped just like Grandma’s: fairly small ankles and lower leg, and then very sizeable calves. I aim to make the leg of the sock stop just short of the calf, and in this case I may have knit 1/2 a repeat too long. Plus I’m slightly concerned about the amount of yarn I have, so the 1/2 a repeat may make a difference in the long run. Should I frog now, take out that little bit, and reknit the heel? We aren’t talking much work, that’s for sure.

Oh, who am I kidding? You know I’m going to do it.


42 thoughts on “No Curlicue to see here, move right along!

  1. Christina

    That is a kicking sock. I bought Vintage Socks yesterday evening. Already started to knit (and subsequently frog) the bed socks for my prof. I’m kind of tempted to start the socks your knitting now that I’ve seen them in sportweight.

  2. debbie

    beautiful job on the socks! i was just looking through the vintage socks book last night and that pattern just jumped out at me, and then i see it on your blog!

  3. Kathy

    ….and you are asking this question, why?

    I’d frog, too – if only because that niggling voice in the back of my head would just get louder and louder, crying, “it’s too long!”

  4. diana

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. It makes me want to knit another pair of socks (and you know I don’t say that lightly!). Yup, I have no doubt you’ll frog. Just get it over with 🙂

  5. kris

    yes! it’s a winner indeed. i will have to call the us and norwegian postal services and have them hurry up with my order on that book. you’d think they were swimming across the atlantic with the parcel on their heads.

  6. Cara

    Gorgeous! I just bought the book – my gosh your knits are wonderful. Can I be you when I grow up? (Damn, I’m pretty grown up already.)

    I would rip too. Those niggling voices are so annoying. You’ve probably already ripped and finished the sock.

  7. Teresa C

    So pretty! I’m with on the frogging. I am about to do the same to the sock I have on the needles. Only and hour or two of time, vs. never wanting to wear the socks. Again, very nice socks.

  8. Ruth

    That’s really cool. I love how the ribbing on the cuffs swoops into the scallops on the leg — what a great design.

    As for whether or not you should rip and re-knit, well … I hear it’s lovely down by the frog pond today. It’s just going to bug you if you don’t.

  9. Judy

    Well, IF you had plenty of yarn, I’d say leave it alone so they’ll be nice and warm on Grandma’s legs this winter, but since you are running short, yep, gotta frog.

  10. Tam

    Yowza! That’s a fabulous sock. I guess I know which sock book to put on my “to buy” list. It doesn’t look too long to me but if it’s a choice between frogging or running out of yarn then you know the answer to that. I love a gal who knows when her knitting looks fab. No false modesty here. Knit on!

  11. jen

    The sock looks great! I say frog it…you know if you even think it you’re going to frog it anyway—might as well do it now.

    You mentioned that your grandma said the best foot forward socks were the best fitting to date…how well has the yarn held up? I may have to find something comparable for a few pairs of grandma socks, but want to make them in yarn that is soft and durable, and will hold its shape. What about the Gems Merino socks you made? How well did that yarn hold up? I recently made a pair of socks for my sister in Gems Merino and I’m curious how long they will last.

  12. Kim

    If theres anything I know about knitting it is to go with your first instinct…

    and.. I love the sock.. especially for the reasons you said.

  13. Stephanie

    I absolutely love it. There’s really something to be said for plain yarn (yummy, but not a lot of color going on) and a wonderful pattern. I ordered some sport weight sock yarn and I may have to try this pattern. How’d the frogging go? Feel better? I know you’ve already done it and reknit the heel 🙂

  14. Isela

    It is absolutely a gorgeous sock. Send it my way…I need a pair good looking socks that don’t read at the toes “No nonsense” from Kmart!

  15. nona

    What the heck frog it, especially since it’s only a little bit. If nothing else, it may give you piece of mind — there’s nothing worse than worring about running out of yarn. I love these socks and am experiencing knitting envy! I wonder how the stitch pattern would translate into gloves, hmmm…..

  16. Jen

    I don’t think it looks too long, especially with the tubular cast on to avoid the tourniquette effect. But I totally understand wanting to get it JUUUST right. I knit the sleeves on my last sweater about 8 times.

    Pattern looks great and the stitch definition is fabulous!

  17. Kathy

    I LOVE those socks. But really. That pattern is just so pretty – and you’re right – the yarn does show off the stitches. You have a very lucky Grandmother!!

  18. paula

    Hm. Must try using sport weight with this pattern. The stiitch definition is great!

    However, with my narrow foot, the gauge change would make things too big, so maybe a pair for Mom…

  19. tanti

    Hi Kathy,


    I havent knit socks before, it would be quite a challenge project,with lots of shapping..:)

    Great Job!

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