One of the problems that often occurs with cables in socks and two-color knitting is the need to increase neatly so the cables fit the leg. Here, after finishing the heel, I increased from 48 to 60 sts to accomodate the 6-stitch cable pattern (4 cable twist sts + 2 purl sts). The purl sts make a "rib" that helps form to the leg.
The two-color knitting portion is started right after the 6th twist; I then do a final charcoal purl row, increasing 8 sts for a total of 68 sts for the cuff. Since these socks will come up about mid-calf, I need a bit more and the two-color knitting will pull in slightly. Note, I REALLY need to work on my round joins on the two-color portion (lower sock in the above picture) -- hopefully, when the socks are worn, no one will notice the "jog" as I'll wear it the socks so the jogs are on the inside as I walk.
These socks are knit with Dale of Norway's Falk -- a washable wool -- knit on #2s. 48 sts for the foot; 60 for the cabled leg; 68 for the cuff.
Here's a close-up of the knitting on the cuff ... loose but not too loose, ends tucked in and out of the carries to ensure a smooth fit.
Another project, that I had to put these aside for a bit to complete, were NINE hair-bun covers for String Bean's ballet class in co-op. I needed to finish these in time for Wednesday (12/2) dress rehearsal, with the performance on the 9th. This is our Christmas gift to these wonderful girls ... the design was fun to create and the knitting went pretty fast -- just something that I had to do at night when I could make one in about 2-hours worth of movie-watching.
They came out nicely ... I'll post pictures of the performance -- making sure to get pictures of the girls' hair! These are knit on #4 dpns using Vanna's Glamour from Lion Brand -- an acrylic yarn with a bit of sparkle twisted with the yarn.
So, what are you knitting?
Mary C. Gildersleeve
By Hand, With Heart -- hand-knit designs