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June 26, 2007

Ankle Sidewinders

Summer is the perfect time to sport a pair of breezy ankle socks, which -- by the way -- are an excellent way to use the Koigu in your stash and a compelling reason to buy more.  I'm a huge fan of the Koigu almost solid colors and love how the turquoise cuff enhances the colors in the variegated colorway.

My ankle sock was knit using the basic Sidewinders pattern with the following modifications:

  1. The cuff was worked in Garter Stitch over 6 stitches (instead of 8).  I also used a solid color for the cuff stitches and love the contrast it provided.
  2. The leg is worked over 8 stitches.  For an even shorter ankle sock the leg could be reduced to 4 stitches.
  3. I experimented with the paired increases and decreases -- the decreases are separated by 2 stitches (instead of 0) and the increases are separated by 4 stitches (instead of 2).  Although this made the increases and decreases easier to work, I'm not completely happy with the wider look of the shaping.  In the 2nd ankle sock I'm going to try 1 stitch between the decreases and 3 between the increases to see if I can find a common ground between form and function.

Speaking of modifications, Maia came up with a really cool one!

June 26, 2007 in Project - Socks | Permalink


I love it!

Posted by: Cara | Jun 26, 2007 5:01:56 PM

Beautiful! but please do not encourage me to buy any more Koigu, pretty please :) I already announced that if I could afford it I would have bought at least one skein of each colour :)

Posted by: Rachel | Jun 26, 2007 6:08:41 PM

I have a question about doing the sidewinder socks. Would doing two at the same time(one long set set of needles) work? I am thinking it would, but just wanted your thoughts about it. Thanks KWC

Posted by: Kathleen | Jun 26, 2007 8:02:24 PM

Finished! I just finished my sidewinders, pictures are on my blog. Thanks for the awesome pattern!

Posted by: bunchkin | Jun 26, 2007 9:01:11 PM

I think I want that Koigu. I think I want to put it next my pillow at night. Sigh. So, so pretty!

Posted by: Aura | Jun 26, 2007 11:07:28 PM

ahhh very cute!

Posted by: Kelly | Jun 27, 2007 7:48:42 AM

wow, they look great! I love the colors.

Posted by: Steph | Jun 27, 2007 10:04:41 AM


Posted by: Nora | Jun 27, 2007 2:45:36 PM

It is beautiful!

Posted by: charli | Jun 27, 2007 3:12:26 PM

Gorgeous! I love the short socks, too!

Posted by: Octopus Knitting | Jun 27, 2007 9:33:37 PM

Nona, I think you ought to submit Sidewinders, or a variation thereof, to be a contest pattern for Sock Madness 2. It would be a technique-revelation to so many knitters, and a doable challenge. Check with Hillary or Felicia at www.sockmadness.wordpress.com (NAYY)

Posted by: Deborah (a.k.a. Mt. Mom) | Jun 28, 2007 3:13:19 PM

You're so clever. I think my first pair will be the ankle sidewinders. Thanks again.

Posted by: Anne | Jun 29, 2007 8:09:38 AM

Thanks for the report on stitches between the increases/decreases. I'm planning to do that on my next pair, but I haven't decided how many yet!

Posted by: Kristy | Jun 29, 2007 8:26:37 AM

Oh, wow! Those are great!

Posted by: Romi | Jun 29, 2007 7:58:28 PM

Heya Nona! I've never heard of sideway socks until I saw you tutorial ~ I'm intrigued and inspired (I must admit ~ I've been feeling a little jaded lately... new job and all that it entails, lol) ~ especially as I've been thinking about buying a pair of those summer sports shoes illustrated in your picture. Now I've got to buy the wool to match the shoes, lol.

Happy knitting!

Posted by: angel | Jun 30, 2007 7:40:06 AM

Love the anklet version, so very cute!

Posted by: Sonya | Jul 1, 2007 12:42:48 PM

Just got together today with my NYC meet-up knitting group and we were all knitting Sidewinders! What a cool pattern! :)

Posted by: annmarie | Jul 1, 2007 3:43:44 PM

Ooohh!! If I wasn't finishing a pair of Jaywalkers for my daughter, I'd be yarn shopping for sidewinder ankle socks.

Posted by: MsAzulQT | Jul 2, 2007 12:19:34 PM

I just finished my first sock and I'm delighted. I learned a lot following your pattern. Can't wait to start Maia's variation for sock number two.

Posted by: leslie | Jul 3, 2007 5:46:25 AM

Nona? Are you there? It's awfully quiet in your corner of the blogosphere - are you OK?

Posted by: becky c. | Jul 5, 2007 4:52:06 PM

they're beautiful! approximately how many yds were used to make this sock?

Posted by: mai | Jul 6, 2007 10:28:48 PM

i guess i meant to say IT'S beautiful :)

Posted by: mai | Jul 6, 2007 10:29:04 PM

Sock looks great! Wish I had the attention span to knit socks, I seem to only knit sock_, which just doesn't cut it for wearing out in public.

But this isn't really about the sock. I just found the link to La Droguerie in your blog history and am giddy as a school girl since I will be in Strasbourg later this week killing time while my husband works. Yeah for your post! As much as I love the area and history and people and food, it's really all about the yarn, right!?!

I leave in 2 days. Any tips on the area or yarn shops? Can I bribe you with a souvenier if you e-mail me?

Posted by: Tina Laiho | Jul 8, 2007 3:33:35 PM

Love the short version! Miss the swatching. Hope all is well.

Posted by: Carla | Jul 10, 2007 1:46:19 PM

Can I ask, did it take two balls of the main color to make the anklet socks or could I get away with one?

What a great pattern!

Posted by: Wendy | Jul 11, 2007 9:00:33 PM

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