Thursday, April 19, 2007

Beautiful Baudelaire's

My April SAM KAL 3 socks are completed and ready to wear ... well, ready to wear if I weren't currently wearing sandals.

Pattern: Baudelaire by Cookie A.
Pattern Source: Knitty.com Summer 2006 issues
Yarn: Socks That Rock lightweight in Jasper
Needles: (2) KnitPicks Circulars size 1 US
Modifications: Judy's Magic Cast-On

Notes: I *so* love that this pattern was written from the toe up. Maybe I had a bad experience with cuff down socks or something, but toe up socks just feel natural to me. Also, after having to convert the last few sock patterns I knit, it was nice just to follow the instructions as written. I also am glad that I was able to see Cookie demonstrate these socks on a recent Knitty Gritty episode since she does an interesting modification to the short row heel. When the directions say to wrap and turn, she instead turns her knitting and then does a wrap (yarn over). It's really very clever and I much prefer it to the normal wrap and turn method. The 8 row 22 stitch pattern repeat was fairly simple and at some point on the leg section, I finally had it memorized. I also really liked the added touch of the cable going up each side of the leg next to the lace pattern. As usual, Cookie hits a home run.

I've finally acquired a smallish sock yarn stash now and have quite a few wonderful patterns, so now it's just narrowing down the choices. Since DH's birthday is in June, maybe I should knit a pair for him?

18 comments:

Yarn It said...

Those socks look great! I can't believe how fast you are cranking them out! How do you do it? I think I am going to use my interlacements yarn for that pattern. Great job as always!

Beth said...

Your Baud's are gorgeous!

Emma said...

Those are so beautiful! I love that pattern, but I have never done toe-up socks and so am a little afraid of it. I guess I just need to give it a shot so I can have some pretty socks like those!

Julie said...

Those socks are beautiful! I've never done toe up but am actually plan to try it starting tonight. Mel gave me some directions for an "easy" and neat way to do the short row toes and heels the other night, so I'm giving it a shot. I figure I'll make a worsted weight pair for Dulaan as my practice pair. Easier to work with the worsted.

Carole Knits said...

Those are lovely.

jillian said...

Gorgeous! Good job :)

abby said...

The heels are really cool. I'll have to study the pattern to see how they are made. I thought that it was a standard heel flap at first!

Karen said...

Oooh, I love those!! Every time I see a pair of socks on your blog, I want to knit them too!!! :) Awesome job earning your April A. And I'm jealous about the sandals, LOL

Micki said...

Those socks are awesome. Awesome, I say!

KeanaLee said...

theya re beautiful socks, and it looks so sunny on your feet.....i'm jealous

Judy said...

Gorgeous! I'm going to have to knit those one of these days. Maybe for Sockapalooza 4.

Angelika said...

It's not just the pattern, but also the name that made me put these socks on my to-do-list. I also love the color.

flutter said...

You are a total sock goddess

Teyani said...

fabulous socks - I've been wanting to knit those, but I've never done a toe up (true confessions here - grin)

Laura said...

I love your socks! They're gorgeous. As usual. Definitely looking forward to seeing them in person. :-)

Dipsy said...

Wow! I mean, really: WOW!!! Your Baudelaires are absolutely awesome, they turned out so beautifully - and I so, so love the colourway you've been using! They are perfect indeed and mind you, you've inspired me big time to try my hands at them soon too!Fantastic work!

slyn said...

Beautiful sock, and they are so you!
Still no Cookie on my Knitty Gritty yet, but I did see Cat demonstrate a square toe, very interesting. I may try that one.

Hasbu said...

Your Baudelaires look great! They're an amazing fit, aren't they?