Tuesday, July 10, 2007

TOFUtsies Socks

Here we have a completed pair of socks made with TOFUtsies (toe-foot-sies) yarn in No. 719, Best Foot Forward.
Content: 50% Superwash Wool, 25% SOYSILK brand fiber, 22.5%, Cotton, 2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells!)
Tension: 8 sts = 1"
Needles: 2.75 mm (US 2)
425 m / 100 g ball (makes a pair of socks with lots to spare)
Care: machine wash and dry
Pattern: Priscilla's Dream Socks (click for the PDF)
Also found in Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave (ISBN: 1596680326)
I came across the TOFUtsies in one of my favourite LYS Wool n'Things. Gisèle had a knitted sock sample and I couldn't believe how soft and supple it felt. Of course I had to buy a ball and make a pair.
I enjoyed the knitting experience but there are few things I will do differently in the future.
  • My tension was the same as the label, however, I think that this yarn would be better on slightly smaller needles for a sturdier end result.
  • I followed the pattern's yo technique for the short row heel and toe - next time I will try the Knit Encroachment and Purl Encroachment stitches for the short rows for a tidier, sturdier miter.
  • I bound off using the zig-zag technique from the pattern. I found it difficult to complete this bind-off neatly. The limited elasticity of the yarn contributed to this problem, but I am not too fond the resultant ridge. I redid the right toe because I was so unhappy with the result (the picture is of my first attempt). Next time I will definitely graft the toe to the foot (Kitchener Stitch).

I also wonder how this yarn will wear. Only time will tell.

(I have a number of other projects completed or nearly done, so check back later this week for more updates.)


urbanknitrix said...

Your socks are gorgeous!!!

Knitman said...

ooohh I like these.