Resoleable Sock - Pattern Review

Now that I've had a chance to wear the socks, I thought I'ld complete my review of the pattern and discuss what I liked and disliked. I did make minor changes to Wayne Pfeffer's two-yarn resoleable sock design, namely in the handling of the toes and the use of waste yarn to facilitate undoing the sole stitches in the future. I also made the socks 3" taller. Read more .... to find what I liked and disliked about this approach for a resoleable sock.    Click on a thumbnail to view a larger image.

    Changes to the Pattern
  1. Instead of two solid colors, a self-striping yarn and a solid color were used.
  2. The toes were knitted in the main Highland color (mc), instead of the contrast (cc) yarn.
  3. Wayne used both the mc and cc in the cuff. I only used the main color.
  4. I added a waste yarn (orange) round before the start of the toe to make it easy to remove either the toe and sole or just the sole. I made this modification since I tend not to wear out the toe area of socks. I would have used a rose colored waste yarn, but wanted to make sure that the contrast yarn was visible in the photographs, so I used orange.
  5. The sock was knitted 3" taller.
  6. The heel and sole were knitted with smaller diameter needles.
    What I liked
  1. As I mentioned in the previous article, Wayne's instructions were easy to follow and his explanations clear and concise.
  2. The photograph in the book Favorite Socks, 25 Timeless Designs is an accurate depiction of the socks.
  3. Wayne also provides tips for knitting the socks in different sizes as well as quality tips.
  4. It was fun to try something different.
    What I didn't like
  1. Essentially the sole and foot, but not the toes were knitted flat, which is slower than knitting in the round, and provides less flexibility in fitting the sock. It also meant that smaller needles had to be used to match the tension of the portion knitted in the round.
  2. I didn't like the look of the slip stitch edge on the sole (in the book's photo), though it was less pronounced in the socks in this article, since a dark contrast yarn was employed for the sole stitches. Slip stitch selvedges work well at the heel flap, since they mirror the slip stitches of the French heel.
  3. The sock didn't have a "zipper" to facilitate undoing the stitches later. This is why the "waste" yarn round was introduced as a modification. If you've tried to mend soles that have worn, you'll know that even superwash socks felt, adding challenge to the repair.
  4. Joining the sole to the instep is sufficiently slower than knitting in the round, that I would not care to resole these socks the same way they were knitted in the first place. It is also somewhat cumbersome, because of the initial number of instep stitches parked. I prefer using waste yarn at the toe and heel for a resoleable sock, since this is much faster initially and during repair.

Pattern Source
Adapted from: "Two-Yarn Resoleable Socks," in Favorite Socks, 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave, Ann Budd and Anne Merrow, editors, Interweave Press, Loveland, CO, 2006, pp. 46-51.

On-Line, Linie 3, Italy
Supersocke 100 (75% wool, 25% nylon). Highland color (843), 100 gm. Black base yarn twisted with yellow, blue, rose. Self-striping.

Knit Picks, Peru
Stroll (formerly Essential) (75% merino wool, 25% nylon). Black (solid color), 50 gm, fingering weight yarn.

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