Pretty Wicked Stockings

After having several projects in progress for the last little while, it feels very good to be reeling in a few finished ones. These knee-high stockings are finished after a few weeks’ work and I’m glad I decided to do them. They’ll be coming with me to the Sock Summit and likely be my Ravelry party-wear. Because where else would you wear a wicked pair of socks like these but to a gathering of knitters?

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Cast On: July 11, 2009
Cast Off: August 1, 2009
Needles: 2.5mm DPNs
Yarn: The Sweet Sheep‘s own fingering weight, in incarnations from 2007 (shamrock green) and 2008 (joker purple), and Malabrigo Sock (black). (Incidentally, the Sweet Sheep will also be a vendor at the Sock Summit this week, and Michelle is just about the nicest person ever.) I worked the stripes in rows of 2-4-2-4 (black-purple-black-green) on repeat, and chose to keep the purple for the heel and toe since Michelle’s earlier blend (in the green) did not have nylon in it but her later one (purple) did, and I wanted to preserve the strength of the nylon blend at those points of abrasion.

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Pattern: There is no specific pattern for this, just math and gauge. I started with my known gauge for this yarn, multiplied that by the number of inches around at my upper calf, and then subtracted 2.5 inches’ worth. This gave me the # of stitches for the upper calf. I subtracted about a dozen stitches from this number to work the ribbing, then increased immediately.

I worked the upper-calf # of stitches for 5 inches, then worked pairs of decreases at the middle of the back of the leg every 4 rows, until I reached 64 sts. From there I continued even until I was at the length I needed to cover my whole leg (making sure to try this on for verification), and from this point on it became just a plain sock with a heel flap and gussets and wedge toe.

Overall, I’m pretty darned pleased. And as a bonus, I also finished up my pair of on-the-go socks I’ve had for a little over a month, in Socks That Rock Lightweight (I think the colourway is ‘rolling stone’, but can’t be completely sure because it was a mill end picked up at Rhinebeck). These are plain Knit 3-Purl 1 ribbing at 64 sts around, and I squeaked ‘em out with just a teensy bit of yarn leftover. STR Lightweight’s yardage pushes my Size 11s to the very edge, but I can usually make it through on a single skein.

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Socks, socks and more socks. What are the odds that in a couple of weeks I’ll have a sudden urge to cast on 7 new sweaters? I’m thinking…pretty darned strong. But I’ve got more sock knitting in me this week, which is a darned good thing.

Happy knitting today, folks!

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28 responses to “Pretty Wicked Stockings

  1. You are an amazing knitter! I’m totally inspired!

    Wish I was going to Sock Summit so I could see them in person. :-D

  2. Love it! Those knee socks are to die for! You should wear them with pride.

  3. barefootrooster

    again, you are the queen of awesome.

  4. Soooooo cool! Hope you’re not socked out before SS!

  5. I love your knee socks! I’ll be on the lookout for them this weekend.

  6. Susan

    If Sock Summit is a awesome as I think it’s going to be, please don’t tell me. I could cry that I didn’t get any classes, but I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful time. You will have the cutest socks at the party, no doubt! I love both of these pairs.

  7. Yay! You finished!!!!

    (how about those EZ kneehighs…..um, get cracking…)

  8. Hey! I just saw I’m on your blogroll! Cool! Am I kinda famous now? ;)

  9. Love both pairs! You’ll be instantly recognizable Saturday night for sure!

  10. You will be much admired at the Ravelry party in those gorgeous socks!

  11. Those socks are pretty awesome.

  12. Pretty wicked indeed – and as for Autumn Rose – well just so beautiful. And happy birthday and spinning and generally everything :)

  13. Love the stripey socks! They look beyond comfy and just plain nifty!

  14. I’ll be looking for those Wicked Socks at Sock Summit! Both pairs totally rock! :)

  15. Moggle

    Fab stockings. I hope they get sufficiently admired in person at sock summit!

  16. Ann

    I quite agree! The knee socks are just amazing. You get the blue ribbon from me—-for whatever that’s worth.

    The second pair look great too, and it’s so satisfying to finish things! Have a great time at SS.

  17. Love those wicked socks!!!

  18. Amazing Socks!! Speachless…

  19. Mary

    I love those knee highs. They remind me of the musical Wicked.

  20. C.

    Wow… really awesome stripey socks!

    They remind me of Oz, for some reason. In a good way!

    I would totally wear them. I have yet to make my own pair of knitted socks, as I’m currently in the sweater mood, but you definitely inspire me to whip out a pair of socks!

    Thank you for sharing these with us!

    And the second set is gorgeous as well! More muted and natural… lovely!

  21. I love your socks! I tried to leave a comment on the previous post but I don’t think it went there. Just to say your sweater is beautiful. I am in awe of your fair isle.

  22. Those wicked little socks are so so cute!

  23. Thank you so very much for including your pattern, that will be very helpful for me!

  24. Your stockings, I wants to steal them from you… watch out! :P

  25. J.

    Oh man, those striped socks are AMAZING. You should definitely be way proud – wear those all over, they’re wonderful and so eye-catching.

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  28. Anna :)

    they are really cool !