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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Handspun Knee High Socks of Awesomeness

I have always wanted to knit myself knee high socks - I am extremely gifted in the calf-size department, so commercially made knee-highs are a no-go. There are some amazing patterns out there, but again, giant calves. However, I am more than comfortable in my sock knitting skills, so I decided to wing it, from the toe up. To make the whole project even better, I decided to use handspun.

The fibre was this pile of superwash merino and nylon gorgeousness from Smith and Ewe:

Which made an enormous amount of light-fingering weight n-ply:

Which made this boss-fight worthy pair of socks:

They were knit from the toe up with a Fleegle Heel. I increased as needed in the calf (A LOT, for the record). Rather than relying on ribbing to hold the socks up, I worked in stockinette until they were tall enough, doubled my stitches, and double knit for a few rows, creating a casing for some elastic. I am so proud of those cuffs...

Check out all the increases! Badass... Sorry for the blurry picture, it's unbelievably difficult to take a picture of the back of one's calves without falling over.

Aren't they pretty!?! I'm looking forward to cool weather so I can actually wear them.



  1. um those are awesome!!!! well done em! xo

  2. Gorgeous! And such a happy colour! Perfect for grey, cold days.

  3. These are really lovely! What was the WPI of the finished yarn? What was your gauge? I just finished spinning some light fingering and am hoping to knit it into socks eventually, but I'm a bit nervous about how thin it is.

    1. Thank you! I didn't count my WPI, but it was definitely a really light fingering weight. I got about 9-10 sts/inch, and I would've liked it if I could've pushed it to 11 for strength and durability. Good luck with your socks!