Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Vesper Redux

After looking at last week's pictures of my Vesper socks, I could no longer deny two things: that short row heel wasn't fitting, and the picot hem wasn't as cute in execution as I had hoped for it to be. Stitching it down to the first dark green row made sure that the hem was white with light green picots and dark green sawteeth (sawtooths?) all the way around, but, given the nature of the yarn, the first dark green row wasn't all the same row, and the result was a little wonky.

Therefore, I present, Vesper Redux. I took the scissors to the first sock (I must be getting brave in my old age) and cut out the heel and put in an afterthought/peasant heel in garter stitch, mostly to hide the any mismatches in pattern. And then I liked it so much, I did a garter stitch cuff, too.

Pattern: none/my own -- toe up on 64 stitches, wedge toe, garter stitch afterthought heel, vertical garter stitch cuff, my Vesper sock trick
Yarn: none other than Vesper Sock Yarn in Crew
Needles: US1 DPNs

That afterthought heel is mighty handy to have in your bag of tricks for self-striping yarns or variegated yarns that pool. I used the heel from Cookie A's Baudelaire on my Swirl Sock, and it fits well for a toe-up sock, but it disrupted the yarn's natural striping in an unfortunate way.

These may be my new favorite socks! Post-mods they remind me more of the Grinch (you know, at the end, when he's the happy Grinch) than of Slytherin.

I should get around to that second Gryffindor Argyle soon.


Sulafaye said...

Very cute! I'm going to have to try that heel. I do love garter stitch! Scissors and yarn--you are so brave.

DomesticOverlord said...

I totally dig both the heel and the cuff. The original socks were okay but the new improved socks rock!

The Gryffindor Argyles are amazing, did you write that pattern yourself?

carla said...


I adapted the argyles from the online tutrial at socknitters to two colors and 64 stitches, with just one seam. I actually cast on for the second one last night, but probably won't work on it in earnest until I get one of the Norwegian Stockings finished. When I do, I'll post some more information and pictures.

Jeri said...

I'm new to your blog and have been read read reading. I love ez too. And afterthought heels. Please tell me how that garter stitch cuff works. Did you knit it first or last?