Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Socks for All

I’m happily wearing a freshly knit pair of socks today. The pastel socks that I’ve written about over the last two weeks are done!

Pink and Multi-Colored Pastel Hand Knit Socks on Feet

They fit perfectly and make me smile when I see them. It was an enjoyable and relaxing project, which was exactly what I needed for this busy time of year.

I also started another quick project this week:

A Set of Four Green Wool Hand Knit Chair Socks

Seeing the pieces like that makes me giggle. Can you guess what they are?

Our dining room has a wooden floor, so we have self-adhesive felt disks on the feet of the chairs. With one chair in particular, the disks continually come off. Tired of the hassle, I made a set of chair socks!

A Set of Green Hand Knit Socks on a Chair

Most patterns that you can find online call for chair socks to be only about three inches long, but the feet on our chairs have wide shapes that are a little trickier to fit. The socks for the narrower back feet are about 4.5 inches long, while the bulkier front feet needed socks that are about 5 1/2 inches long. I used some wool from my stash, Full o’ Sheep from Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller in the colorway Meadow (now discontinued), on US-5 (3.75 mm) double point needles. Each sock is a simple K2, P2 rib worked in the round with enough stitches to snugly fit on the chair legs.

Top View of Socks on Back Legs of Dining Chair

So far, the chair socks are doing the trick; they’re staying on and preventing the floor from being scuffed. Although it was a quick project for one chair, I want to give it a few weeks before I decide whether to make socks for the other five dining room chairs. I want to be sure that the yarn holds up relatively well so knitting chair socks doesn’t become my new ongoing hassle.

I wish you all a safe and happy New Year. Here's to a wonderful 2017!

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