Socks and a hat

I made TH socks for Christmas. It is a bit difficult to surprise someone when you knit the present in front of him. I kept switching between the two socks so he wouldn’t realize both socks were progressing. He had noticed that the one sock was taking awfully long, but he didn’t know there were two socks. This is probably because he is very good about surprises and doesn’t think too hard about things at Christmas or birthday time. I used the yarn from Chicago in a basic pattern. I carefully split the skein into two halves based on weight, dividing at the beginning of the color repeat so the socks would match. The socks came out really closely until the toe where the yarn dyeing shortchanged the blue and then jumped to the wrong color sequence. It is very subtle since it is at the toe.

sock 9

Pattern: Oak Ribbed Sock, from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Supersocke 100 (75% superwash and 25% polyamid) in Melange color 976, 1 skeins
Needles: Size 0
Began: November or December 2007 ; Completed: December 2007
Modifications: added 7 stitches, made a bit longer in leg and foot. Reduced foot to 65 stitches.

I made a child sized hat as a gift. I found a better model (i.e. a head smaller than mine) to model the hat. A red stocking cap with white band and pom-pom was requested, so this is what I made (I made up the pattern). The recipient liked it. The white is actually reused from some sample squares I made when learning to knit.

hat 7a

Pattern: Winged it
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino (bright red); Galway Highland Heather (722)
Needles: Size 7?
Began: December 2007 ; Completed: December 2007

hat 7bCast on 76, work 2×2 ribbing for about 1 ½ in. Knit red about 2 ¾” then start reducing (in 4ths, 2 rows of knit in between each k2tog). At least that’s what I think I did.

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