Wednesday, 15 November 2017

WIP Wednesday: Gauntlet Socks

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Hello again, and welcome back to another WIP Wednesday!  This time, I've got a new design on the needles -- my Gauntlet Socks!

A gradient yarn cake of blue-to-white fingering-weight yarn.  The ribbed cuff of a sock is on top of the cake of yarn, the knitting is on a circular needle.
Those who follow my Patreon behind-the-scenes are aware that it took a while for this yarn to get to me (but, the folks at Washtenaw Wool were really good about getting things sorted), but it's finally here, so off we go!

The yarn will eventually become a pair of socks!  Like my Slipped Stitch Gradient Socks, these socks won't match, but the colour difference is less elaborate then the yarn I used for those socks, so it should be less of an issue. 

Yarn is, as mentioned above, from the *Washtenaw Wool Company, and is the colourway is  *"Orion" on their Leelanau sock yarn base.  It's 80% Superwash US wool, and 20% nylon, and it knits up well so far!  I quite like the feel while knitting, I do have to say!  It's not as soft and squishy as some of the merino sock yarns I've worked with, but I personally like that -- it seems to me that the super-soft socks yarns don't wear as well, while this feels like it will wear really well. 

And, the needles are my usual circular sock yarn needles for magic loop,  the *HiyaHiya 2.25 mm circulars

I will admit to being foolish -- when I was first swatching for the idea for these socks,  I tested out a 60-stitch circumference for the stitch pattern. They were -way- too small.   So, what did I do when I cast on again?  Yep, I ignored my notes, and cast on 60 stitches for socks, completely on auto-pilot!  Arg!  So yes, I will have to rip back and cast on more stitches.  But that's not a huge loss, I didn't get too far before I realized what I'd done.  And yep, sometimes part of my job is ripping back.  At least it goes faster then the knitting goes!

Well, all that written, and that's that for an update folks!  Stay tuned for more WIP Wednesday, and, as always, thanks for reading!

P.S.  I was given the yarn as yarn support for this design, but all opinions about the yarn are my own!


  1. They look lovely. I usually cast on 60 stitches as standard for socks as well, but I use 2.5 mm needles, and 3.00 mm for the cuff where the ribbing tends to pull them tighter. I love the idea of gradient-toned socks. Bonny xox

    1. Thank you!

      I usually work socks on 2.25mm at 60 sts. Sometimes I'll got to 2.5mm for the cuffs. But because this sock increases and decreases every round once you get past the cuff, it plays havoc with tension!

      (Out of curiosity, how well do socks on 2.5mm needles wear? I did a pair on 2.5mms and it wore through really quickly :()

      As for gradient socks, they're really fun, but, if you want matching socks, you have to get two balls (or a set designed for matching socks). In this case, I think it will work out alright, though since the colours are similar, and I don't care if they match!