Friday, February 22, 2008

Baby Socks for my Niece

My mum-in-law just finished knitting a baby jumper for one of my nieces and she had left-over yarn, so she asked me to make some socks. Over at Knitting Daily, I found: Better-Than-Booties-Baby-Socks. You have to sign up to get the free pattern, but if you don't want to give up your email address and get spammed just for the sake of downloading the free pattern, utilize the services of the folks over at

The socks in Ann Budd's pattern use Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (PGR) short-row heel and toe, but don't let that scare you because Ann has kind of simplified it. So anyway, usually when I knit stuff in the round where you have to join the work, I just hold the tail yarn with the feeder yarn and knit 3 stitches in pattern to make the join. I always hated the jog that results. But a while back when I was browsing Techknitter's brilliant, awesome, wonderful, helpful blog, I came across her method for joining knitting in the round, which really minimises (almost eliminates) the jog. I wish I had tried it sooner because it isn't really complicated, and it makes a big difference to the look of the top of your socks. So the first part of this vlog today covers using Techknitter's circular join for Ann Budd's cute little Ruffle Rib Socks.

In the image below I have circled the jogs on the inside of the ruffle edge, but I think if I hadn't done it, the jogs would probably not be noticable at all! I really love this circular join.

OK, now the other part of this post today is about the heel/toe construction of the socks. Ann Budd's instructions are pretty easy to follow, but I noticed they miss a bit about stitch mount correction, so I thought I would make a video about this. Unfortuantely my camera was a bit wonky and I didn't really notice! Oops. I also keep calling PGR "Patricia", lol. Excuse my brain-deadness.

I will upload my video anyway in case it helps someone. I plan to knit another pair of socks for my niece because I still have yarn left over, so perhaps I can try to make a better video. In the meantime, here is the heel video in 2 parts:

Part 1: Short-row heel decreasing

Part 2(i): Short-row heel increasing

Part 2(ii): Short-row heel increasing

And finally, here's what my baby socks ended up looking like:


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