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I finished a new pair of socks just in time for our cold, fall weather. I call them my "Wicked Socks."

I used Imagination in "Wicked Witch" for the main color and "Frog Prince" for the contrasting heels, toes & cuffs. By using a contrasting color for the toes & heels, I only needed one skein of the Wicked Witch for very generously high socks. (My shoe size is 9, so it's not like I have tiny feet either.)

I must have loosened up considerably by the time I knit the second sock because my sock is a little bigger and the yarn pooled in slightly thicker stripes. You can see this on the left foot in this photo (sorry about the blurry photo--I'm sure you know how hard it is to photograph your own feet!):


Oh well, I love mis-matchy socks anyway! I wore them on Friday, and they kept my feet toasty warm (but not hot). They were a little baggy on first wearing, so I washed them inside out in the washing machine and dried them on low. They fluffed up nicely and shrunk ever-so-slightly. (Photos are from post-washing.)

PS: All the colors of Imagination are back in stock if you want to make some wicked-cool winter socks of your own...

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Comment by Lainyknits on February 28, 2009 at 6:27am
Beautiful socks! I avoid mismatching gauges by knitting two at once. If I had to finish one, and start another, all my socks would be singles! Of course, I am still a relative "newbie" and working on establishing a consistency in gauge and tension. I find if I knit when I am tired - the gauge gets larger, and larger!
Comment by Sock Girl on February 26, 2009 at 4:09pm
What pattern did you use for the socks! I am crazy about socks. Look at my page, you will see
Comment by Paint & Ink Chick on February 20, 2009 at 9:32pm
These are too cute, I'm a newbie and have yet to start my 1st project. I'd love to do a pair of socks one day lol. I was ordering some of the Imagination yarn and wanted to get the harmony needles, but I'm kinda dumbfounded on which size to get. It stated #1-3?
Comment by Melissa on January 9, 2009 at 8:12am
Have you tried the sewn bind off method for a stretchy bind off? That's what I like to use for my toe-up socks. It's really simple to do. Of course, I have skinny chicken legs, so it might not be stretchy enough for some, especially depending on how far up the calf the socks go.
Comment by Lynda on January 8, 2009 at 4:41pm
I love the combination of yarns, makes me think it might be a fun funky way to use up leftover sock yarn. I too like the toe-up socks for the same reason, can knit until you run out of yarn. My problem with toe-up is that I can't get the bind off loose enough to fit my legs. I've tried several methods but haven't been satisfied. Also, I have mastered knitting two socks at one time on two circular needles. I just love this as both socks are done at the same time and are the same size and length. I've also use the same method with mittens and when knitting sleeves.
Comment by Melissa on December 30, 2008 at 8:08am
Hi Jaymoo,

You should try toe up socks again using a different set of directions. There shouldn't be anything left to sew up at the end. Try making a baby sock so that you can get to the heel more quickly and figure out where you're going wrong. As for your second question, I've never seen felted socks because I think you wouldn't be able to get them over your heel. Felted slippers are quite popular though. Try this free one from Knitty. Hope that helps!

-Melissa
Comment by Jaymoo on December 30, 2008 at 7:35am
I've tried "toe-up" socks. I don't know if I did it right, but was left with a flap in the back, which I found necessary to sew up. This doesn't happen with the "toe-down" method. Also, has anyone ever "felted" socks? What is the best yarn for it and how much bigger should it be knitted?
Thank you
Comment by Maggie on December 2, 2008 at 3:49pm
Thank you so much! We will see how far I get before seeking assistance at the LYS.
Comment by Melissa on December 1, 2008 at 8:08am
Hi Maggie,

I used the Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula pattern from Knitty. To get the contrasting heels, toes & cuffs, all I did was switch yarn at those areas. I've only make a few pairs of socks before, but toe-up socks are my favorite because I can use up every last bit of yarn. Have fun learning socks!

-Melissa
Comment by Maggie on November 29, 2008 at 8:25am
I have never made socks before but I absolutely love these. The colors are awesome, and the pattern looks not so difficult. Can you give me an idea of where I can find a pattern that would be similar? I've been searching on the internet and just can't get one that even comes close. Thank you!

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