Don’t you just adore frosty autumn leaves. I do. Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. I went through a phase where I really enjoyed knitting patterns that swirled around my leg. I chose to end the lacy swirling pattern at the ankle as I find a smooth foot more comfortable for wearing. The Swirl Socks were finished and photographed last Autumn.
I have had bad experiences with second sock syndrome in the past and still have a few single socks on the backburner. Sometimes the reason a second sock isn’t made is because something wasn’t quite right. Perhaps, the wrong choice of yarn for the pattern chosen, or I wasn’t happy with the colour chosen.
The main reason for my problems with second sock syndrome was that I would finish a sock, love how it looked and then find a new pattern or buy a new sock yarn that I really wanted to try. The first sock would be put into a box, with its pattern, needles and yarn. Then I’d start the new sock.
How I overcame second sock syndrome was by knitting both socks at the same time. By the time I’ve finished the first sock, the second sock in the pair only needs the toe to be completed. It is easy to remain motivated to knit a toe! I know there are several ways to knit two socks at the same time, but to be honest, I find using two sets of double pointed needles and dividing the yarn into two balls works best for me. I like tweaking a heel or a pattern when I am working on it and it is easy to repeat what I have just done, when I have just finished doing it, rather than a month or even 6 months or longer, later.
Knitting the Swirl Socks
I love the swirling pattern on the legs of these socks. I started by casting on 56 stitches. Then I used knit one, purl one rib for the cuff.
After finishing the rib make one stitch, so there are 57 stitches on the needle. The extra stitch causes the repeat of the pattern to move across by one stitch.
The swirl pattern is very simple.
- Round 1: knit
- Round 2: *k2tog, YO, k5; repeat from * to end of round. The pattern moves on by one stitch each time round 2 is worked. So the starting point for the next round will change.
I continued knitting the swirl pattern until the leg was long enough.
I used the Strong Heel for my Swirl Socks as I love how it looks with self striping yarn.
The paired decrease toes are one of my favourite styles to use. I love how these toes look in the finished socks.
The Swirl Socks are elegant and beautiful. I used Lang Jawoll Magic Stripes sock yarn in colourway 840026. With the swirl socks the stripes are the dominant design feature and the sock structure is less obvious at first glance, which is exactly what I wanted.
The swirl socks are very comfortable the Lang Jawoll Magic sock yarn has worn and washed exceptionally well over the past year.
It is always a little unnerving when going through photographs that were taken a while ago when I come across a furry person who is no longer with us. This was our very elderly cat Tiggy who we lost in the following Spring, he was nearly 20 years old. After so long with him in our lives we still miss him very much.