knitted :: handspun toe-up arch-shaped knee-high socks

Handspun Toe-Up Arch-Shaped Knee-High Socks
Say that five times fast!

Last month, I participated in a “Combo Spinalong” on Ravelry. The idea was to combine different colorways into one yarn through plying. At least one of the fibers had to be either Hello Yarn, Spunky Eclectic, or Southern Cross Fibre. I’m a lucky girl, in that I have plenty of each of those fibers to choose from. But choosing is hard! This was my first time combining fibers and I was daunted – I am always so impressed with the color genius of these indie dyers that I was hesitant to mess up with my own combinations. But I bit the bullet.

I spun up 4 oz. of Hello Yarn Superwash Merino in “Curiosities”:
fiber :: Hello Yarn December '10 Fiber Club

And plied it with 4 oz. of FLUFF Superwash Merino in “Argyle”:
fiber :: FLUFF November '10 High Variety Club

The result was 422 yards of light worsted 2-ply “Argyle Curiosities”:
spun :: Argyle Curiosities
Which I totally loved.

I’ve been wanting to make a pair of handspun kneesocks forever, and this yarn seemed to be begging to become that. And who am I to resist the pleadings of a pretty little yarn like that? A week or so later, I had very happy feet:
knitted :: handspun toe-up knee-high arch-shaped socks
pattern: David’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook
yarn: 320ish yards of light worsted 2-ply
needles: size 2
dates: March 18-March 26

knitted :: handspun toe-up knee-high arch-shaped socks
The result is the best-fitting pair of socks I’ve ever made. I can’t rave about David’s sock cookbook enough. It is infinitely customizable, and so easy to adjust because you can try on as you go.

I threw in some arch shaping for my high narrow arches, and I am thrilled with how the arches came out. These are the first handknit socks I’ve made that don’t have excess fabric under the arch.
knitted :: handspun toe-up knee-high arch-shaped socks

I’ve written up my full details about how I shaped the arches on my Ravelry project page here .

I also added some calf shaping:
knitted :: handspun toe-up knee-high arch-shaped socks
After expanding out for the calves, I decreased a little before starting the ribbed cuff. I used the excellent stretchy bind-off David recommends in the cookbook.

in progress :: handspun toe-up knee-high socks

I’m pretty much in mad love with these, y’all. And it has stayed cold enough here (grumble grumble) that I’ve certainly had opportunity to wear them. I see more of these in my future. Lots more.

knitted :: handspun toe-up knee-high arch-shaped socks

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16 thoughts on “knitted :: handspun toe-up arch-shaped knee-high socks

  1. I just want to know how you plan to were them — with a denim skirt and short boots? I want to make a pair of these also, but I’m not a young girl, and therefore not 100% sure I can make it work. My legs are fine, and I like to dress a little bit on the funky side, but still….what do you think? I want to see a photo of you wearing these out in public! Then I will have the nerve to do it, too.

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  4. They look great! I love the subtle stripes. Thanks for the tip on the book – I will look into that. It never occurred to me to do arch shaping.

  5. They just might be the loveliest socks I have ever seen, and I’ve seen lots of real beauties. Your yarn is so beautiful.

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