The queen of procrastination

Completed on 03 June 2007

What do you do when you're on deadline, you really must write your M.A. thesis, you really dislike your academic supervisor, and you really just need a break?

I've always wanted to knit the Shepherd's Plaid, and here it is! I like the plaid, which I've only ever really seen on mittens.

I know that I should've finished my argyle socks before casting on a new pair, but those argyles are really getting monotonous. I think they're the last pair I'll knit on 2.0mm. The Shepherd's Plaid socks are a cakewalk compared to the argyles!

Here are the finished socks. I like the idea of the plaid with the contrasting toes and heels. For the cast-off edge on the cuff, I just did the ol' yarn-over k2tog combo for a picot edge that I turned to the inside and gingerly stitched down. Of course, after the picot edge, I dropped a needle size so that the facing would be snug.

I'm glad I got the plaid out of my system. It's got a pretty good wow-factor, but it's a little too easy. You get bored. Which explains my inconsistent gauge, which you can see if you look closely.

Two matching socks completed!

Knitting specs:

These sox were knit with Jaeger brand Matchmaker yarn, 100% merino 4-ply superwash.

Toe-up sock utilized the Turkish cast on. Cast on 35 sts then increase to 70 sts for the Shepherd's Plaid.

Toe knit on 2.50mm Brittany birch DPNs.

Fair Isle worked on 2.75mm Brittany birch DPNs.

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