Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In(t)ro of East and West

It didn't took me a long time to decide what I wanted to knit first from my new "Knitted Socks East and West" sock book. I immediately liked a pattern called "Inro" . It wasn't anything challenging or extra ordinary, but I enjoyed the simplicity of these socks. The socks-ness of these socks. I just wanted to knit them and so I did.

Pups like them too
According the book "inro" means "a small ornate case consisting a stack of small, nested boxes" and in the socks the wrap stitches are supposed to resemble the stacks of the boxes. And in a way it does, just google "inro" and you'll see it too. Learning what "inro" is made these socks more special to me. Now they're more than just rows of purl stitches and some random wrap stitches. I think good design does that.

Showing off the cuffs
I think these were the least painful socks I have ever knitted, because I finally, miraculously, learned how to make a decent Dutch heel. My biggest problem in heel knitting was picking up the stitches along the heel flap. I just couldn't pick them without getting very loose and ugly stitches. But I tackled the problem. I tackled it. And now I can knit as many socks with Dutch heels as I want and it will be completely pain free. Yay.

Project info
Name: In(t)ro of East and West
Pattern: Inro by Judy Sumner
Made for: myself
Size: 38 
Needle: US 2½ - 3.0 mm
Yarn: Novita Jussi 721 1.1 skeins

I knitted these socks with 3mm needles even though the pattern suggested 3.75mm. I have 3.5mm needles, but for some reason I always tend to choose needles that are like size smaller. Though it works for me, I usually end up with the right size with the smaller needles. These socks fit perfectly as well.

I'm currently knitting my second pair of socks from the book and the pattern is the same quality as the first one: very clear. There are some errors in the book though, but I printed the errata from the Internet soon after I got the book. I want to be prepared.

Finnish summary: Sain valmiiksi ensimmäiset sukat Knitted Socks East and West -sukkakirjasta ja opin vihdoinkin miten tehdään kunnollinen kantapää ilman reikiä ja löysiä silmukoita. Helpottaa sukkien kutomista jatkossa.


Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

totally cute! I've had my eye on that book. Do you like most of the patterns?

Amoena said...

Sarah: I just counted that I like 25 patterns, and there are 30 patterns in total. And the rest aren't ugly either, just something I'm not appealed to knit. I've been really pleased with the book, though some of the pictures could be slightly better. I feel that some of them don't so enough detailing.

kalyxcorn said...

lovely, and love your pups!! :)

o_O said...

Lovely socks - and I love the colour too!

Heidi J.

anxiety knits said...

Your puppies look so at home. They are lovely babies.


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