Restocking

So, how long do you think I survived with only CPSS on the needles? Answer: about 24 hours. As soon as the Child’s French socks were done, and my super secret project blocked and photographed, I had to restock the WIP line-up. Had to! I spend a good amount of time on buses and trains, and as a passenger in the car: CPSS, with its multitude of charts and sizeable dimensions, just doesn’t cut it when elbow space is at a premium.

The yarn came first:

This is Panda Superwash from Crystal Palace Yarns in the cocoa mint colorway (51% bamboo/39% superwash merino wool/10% nylon, 186 yards per 50 gram skein). I loved this color from the moment I saw it. I’m generally not a huge fan of brown, but this one has grayish undertones, bursts of light aqua and green, and shiny golden flecks of nylon throughout. Somehow it works for me!

I’ve wanted to knit this yarn into a pair of lightweight socks for a while now. When I went hunting for a pattern, this description seemed perfect for the yarn:

Handpainted sock yarn has traditionally been made from wool, but new fibers like bamboo, Tencel, and soy are revolutionizing the options available to the sock knitter. These cuffed socks show off the sheen of a merino/Tencel blend, and the shorter style and cooler fiber blend make these the perfect option for warm weather.

Exactly! The quoted pattern is Zigzag anklets by Pam Grushkin from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn (my review/preview here).

The yarn is a little bit thicker than the typical sock yarn, so I’m using 2.5 mm INOX dpns – the fabric is coming out wonderfully, I think.

Perfect? Well, almost. Though I followed the instructions and cast on using larger (US 3) needles, the edge was still too tight to comfortably slip over my ankle. So I frogged the little bit you see here, and will now restart by casting on over two US 3 needles held together. After that, I’m anticipating smooth sailing and many happy moments on the train going to work :).

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  1. Kristy

    That looks like a perfect match to me! The pattern looks like a nice knit, too. It has the interesting cuff and then lots of simple stockinette!

  2. Seanna Lea

    I’ve been thinking about trying the Panda Cotton. My MIL thinks of wool as scratchy and hard to care for, so she always requests her socks be non-wool so the yarn selection always feels super limited!

  3. JanieB

    Like you a sock most definitely perks up my train commute to work. Boston or London UK a good sock pattern rocks!

  4. Carol Cousins-Tyler

    I am not as experienced as you, only 5 pair of socks, but I always cast on over two dpn’s. the ankle is always loose enough for me, without being baggy. Love the color!

  5. Ginny

    Cat Bordhi told us that casting on over two needles or using a larger sized needle just gives you a larger loop, but does nothing about the space between stitches which is where it is too tight. Instead she said (I’m assuming you’re using long tail cast on)use your finger to add space between stitches as you cast on. Don’t butt one stitch up against the next, but leave a little slack between. I’ve found holding my finger on the stitch I’ve just worked as I work the next stitch gives me the spacing I need. Love the socks and lace you make!

  6. Shell

    The yarn looks yummy and as I’ve spent years on pubic transit I understand having a portable project that requires no elbowroom and an easily memorized pattern.

  7. Karen

    Ooo–that color is so yummy. It reminds me of an after dinner mint. And I may have to cast those socks on soon.

  8. donna lee

    Someone just gave me some of that yarn in the Carnival color. I just need to clean some of the wips out of the way and I can have colorful summer socks. I love that pattern. Now I’ll have to go and buy the book.

  9. quinn

    Gorgeous! Pattern, yarn, and knitting – all.

    Is that yarn a lot lighter than Fixation? I made a pair of socks with that, and while it knit into a nice fabric, the socks are really too thick for warm weather, in my opinion. What do you think?

    Love your blog!

  10. Bonnie

    I love your socks. Unfortunately for me I live in a very hot climate and haven’t worn socks in 16 years. :o(

  11. gayle

    I was going to post about the spacing of the cast-on being the issue, but Ginny beat me to it.

    I’ve also become a big fan of the tubular cast-on – nice stretchy edge and looks pretty, too!

    Love your socks. Good call on pattern/yarn!

  12. Beth

    Why not use and Old Norwegian Cast-on for sock cuffs. It is sooo stretchy. I found a youtube demo on the technique and it has solved my too tight sock cuff issue beautifully.

    Beth

  13. iris

    Hi : Try a crochet cast on for socks, its really nice with variegated yarn because it keeps the color way.

  14. Celtic Memory Jo

    I’m getting to be a big fan of warm-weather socks too, Grumps – have just discovered that Tofutsies, although a bit fine to work with by hand, makes a great tube on the sock knitting machine, and you can then finish cuffs, toes and heels by hand, thereby having a nice fresh cool pair of socks for the following morning!

    Yay!

    (OK, so now I get thrown out of the knitting club for moral turpitude, I know…)

  15. Sue H

    You make socks look so easy! I notice

    that when I try DPN’s my knitting goes

    down the inside of the work (does that

    make sense?) – doesn’t look like your

    WIP. Guess that’s why I can’t make

    those needles work.

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