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Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake
Free pattern from South West Trading Company

Knit from Ellens 1/2 Pint Farm hand-dyed wool/tencel fingering, "Evening Shadows" colorway

This was my first top-down sock project. I did the lace pattern all the way down the front of the sock instead of stopping at the heel. The yarn is luscious and perfect for the simple lace pattern. The top-down construction method was easy; the only problem I had was with the kitchener toe.

Jury's out on whether the socks wear well. (I am hard on socks.)

Tidal wave socks
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Side view
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tidal wave heel.jpg

Date: 5 Dec 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
ext_6381: (angled knitting)
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Lovely. I hope you get some wear out of them.

Date: 5 Dec 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They're gorgeous!

Maybe I should rethink my neutral-color sock wardrobe.

Date: 6 Dec 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
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Heh. I have black and white socks, but all the rest are shades of purple, green, and red!

Date: 5 Dec 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They look too beautiful to wear. Maybe save them for special occasions only.

Date: 5 Dec 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
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Great job. I love the color.

Date: 5 Dec 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 5 Dec 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I noticed on your ravelry entry it says these are your first top-down socks. Could you recommend a good, easy to understand toe-up pattern to someone who has only made top-down? I've tried the Wendy's Toe Up pattern that comes up in google and my brain doesn't get it. I have some koigu that I want to make the tallest socks possible out of, so I'd like to give toe-up another go.

Date: 5 Dec 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I use a mishmosh of patterns, but I do really like what I've come up with in the combination.
I use the "magic cast on" method, and usually cast on a total of 20 stitches. Then I increase to size according to the size charts in Sensational Knitted Socks.
If I use a stitch pattern, it's usually from SKS.
I use the short row heel from SKS, but use the wrap pickup technique from misocrafty (, which results in hole-free heels.
In terms of binding off, I have mostly used the Zimmerman sewn bind off, but I've also used the bind off here: which results in a pretty loose cuff.

Date: 5 Dec 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The cast on is specifically what makes no sense to me. I tried it about a million times before giving up.

If I ever make it back to my stitch n' bitch group, I'll have to have [ profile] annaoj demo the cast on for me -- I'm pretty sure she did for me once long ago, but my silly brain retained very little. :(

Date: 5 Dec 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Date: 5 Dec 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Those are totally squee-worthy! I love pretty socks (which is something, because in general, I don't like socks).

Date: 5 Dec 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Lovely! Both the pattern and the yarn are yummy.

Date: 5 Dec 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
ext_6279: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
What lovely socks! Go you! :-)

Re: Tidal Wave Socks

Date: 6 Dec 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
ext_481: origami crane (Default)
From: [identity profile]
that's a gorgeous pattern, a pretty yarn, and it looks like they came out well!

Date: 6 Dec 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh! Very pretty!

Date: 6 Dec 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They look fabulous and comfortable!


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