Finished Project: Rocaille Socks

Well my fellow knitter friends, it turns out that after about 3 months of not at all monogamous knitting time, it’s possible to still finish that pair of cabled socks! I told myself this summer that one of my goals was to knit a non-boring pair of socks (i.e. not Nice Ribbed socks and not Jaywalkers, which are my two usual sock patterns to knit). I will admit that I did struggle with a bit of Second Sock Sydrome on this one – the first sock only took about 10 days, but I ended up letting the second one sit idle for several weeks. Eventually I picked it up again and made myself get back to it a couple of times a week, despite newer projects seeming a bit more shiny and enticing.

Rocaille1And I’m very glad I did! I even finished these just in time to say I finished them over the summer, casting off yesterday, the day before the first official day of Autumn. (Well all right – I didn’t actually plan it out that way, it just happened. But still! Goal achieved). Sock weather is starting to get closer so it will be great to have these ready in my drawer. Rocaille2

This pattern is by Norah Gaughan in the Knitter’s Book of Socks. I’ve had the book for a couple of years but had never made anything from it, and I must make sure to do another pair from it before too long. Not only did I get a project in my “queue” onto my needles, but I also used a skein of sock yarn that’s been sitting in my stash for a while – Dream in Color Smooshy, in ‘blue lagoon’. I have liked Smooshy for a while now – my original pair of Podster mitts were made with a skein of this and they have held up remarkably well for six years. The colours are great and the yardage is very generous at 450 yds per skein. As a lady with Size 11 feet, that’s a nice comfortable number to have!

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I made 2 main modifications to the pattern. First, I eliminated 2 of the decrease rounds that occur on the leg, to make the final leg/foot circumference over 64 stitches instead of 60. The pattern only comes in 1 size so this was a simple modification for fit. Second, I substituted a regular heel flap and turned heel rather than the afterthought heel. I just prefer the way the heel flap fits with my foot and arch. I worried it might alter the look of the sock significantly (the stockinette afterthought heel is very symmetrical and attractive), but I think it works just fine in the end.

Hurray for finished projects! I hope you’ve got something close to finished too. Have a great Wednesday!

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Pattern: Rocaille, by Norah Gaughan, in The Knitter’s Book of Socks
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, ‘blue lagoon’ colourway, stashed oh so long ago and finally being knitted

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8 comments

  1. I have a high arch and I find that a heel flap works far better for me (from a not too minor sampling of Ravelry sock knitters, this is a pretty consistent finding for those of us with higher than usual arches). I am happy to see that changing the heel on this sock did not negatively impact the design.

    I think this pattern will need to move higher on my “must knit” list. Thanks for the post!

  2. What a gorgeous pair of socks! Worth the time needed.

  3. Beautiful color socks

  4. Gorgeous socks, Glenna. I might have to become a sock knitter after seeing these and hearing about a solution to the high arch problem. Love your new site.

  5. Super stitchwork, well done!

  6. What lovely socks! I really like the cable pattern and color combo.

    I prefer flap heels also. After some experimentation, that’s a standard sock mod for me anymore.

  7. Fabulous!

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