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Swirl socks for Mom and MIL…and you?

July 3, 2007

I made socks! I really like them! I wrote down how I did it in case you like them too Click for a PDF of Revised Swirl socks instructions!

ETA: Check out my “patterns” page for a revised version with a smaller file size and instructions for using the gusset and heel!! I’m very grateful to Wendy of Wendyknits for giving me permission to post the numbers for using her toe-up gussets & heels with the Swirl socks!

Enough with the exclamation points already, but you have to understand that this is not the kind of thing I do every day. I do tend to “make up” a lot of my knitting, but generally it is on the fly and rarely do I take notes. Even more rare is the effort of making those notes legible to others. Please let me know if you try it, you like it, or if I can improve it in any way!

This all came about when my Cider Moon ladies had two colorways in Glacier that were perfect for my mom and my MIL, both of whom have summer birthdays. The yarn is so beautiful (and so squishy), but you may recall that I just couldn’t settle on the perfect pattern to show off the DK weight and rich colors with some pizzazz. With these swirls, the colors get showcased but don’t detract from the beauties of the simple stockinette.
The “pattern” is really more like a stitch pattern–as far as heels and toes go, I usually just do whatever Wendy does, and didn’t feel right simply rehashing her instructions so I didn’t include any. I did do the heel decreases with k2tog and ssp instead of ssk and p2tog on the Apple Crisp sock (below), but that’s just personal preference. Short row toes & heels are always winners, and there are several other toe-up variations out there (widdershins, maia’s version, Miriam’s advice), or you can check out other socks on Cider Moon’s website for guidance. Oh, and also in case you are interested, here’s my new favorite toe-up cast on: Judy’s knotless magic cast on.

specs: Cider Moon “Glacier” in Pistachio (above) and Apple Crisp (below); size 2 and size 1 needles

44 Comments leave one →
  1. yarnzombie permalink
    July 3, 2007 7:22 pm

    Absolutely stunning! This is the total kick in the butt I needed to force myself to learn how to do toe-up socks. Great job!

  2. July 4, 2007 8:38 am

    Fabbity fab! I think you have a future at this… 😉

  3. July 4, 2007 12:38 pm

    Wow! Those are awesome. Amazing job!

  4. July 4, 2007 6:32 pm

    those are great! it is a perfect combo to show off the yarn and the simple stockinette. i must get some of that apple crisp!

  5. July 5, 2007 4:59 am

    They look great! How fun.

  6. July 5, 2007 6:14 am

    Beautiful! Now I have a plan for all that Glacier in my stash! 🙂

  7. July 5, 2007 1:08 pm

    You know, I just bought a skein of pistachio at Knitter’s Connection to make socks to match my handspun “pistachotis” scarf and I’m totally going to use this pattern – Thank You So Much! Jacki is correct: you rock!

  8. July 5, 2007 2:31 pm

    you know i’m so doing a pair of these. maybe andromeda??

  9. July 5, 2007 5:52 pm

    thanks for the pattern! I’ve queued it in ravelry!

  10. July 5, 2007 9:08 pm

    These are lovely! I’m still searching for a “not-Monkey” sock pattern to use for my Sockapalooooza socks. Jackie O isn’t quite as multi coloured, but I still think it would look great in this pattern.

  11. July 6, 2007 7:02 am

    I’m learning toe-ups now, baby! These are amazing! WTG, girl. 🙂

  12. July 6, 2007 7:38 pm

    Wow! Those are gorgeous! I’m glad I saw the pointer from Cider Moon. I’ve been looking for something just like this to knit some of the more colorful sock yarns I have. So many knit patterns seem to mess with the colors too much to me.

    Thank you so much for posting this.

  13. July 8, 2007 11:02 am

    Very cool — thanks so much for sharing this pattern!

  14. July 8, 2007 11:30 am

    There goes my vauge intention to finish a pair of socks before starting another; I must cast on for these straight away!

  15. Hattie permalink
    July 26, 2007 2:55 pm

    These are awesome! I saw Sarah Lou’s and knew I had to make them!

  16. July 27, 2007 4:47 pm

    Beautiful pattern!

    One quick question:
    in this post, it says size 1 and 2 needles, but in the pdf it calls for 3 and 4. Which is correct?

  17. sulafaye permalink*
    August 2, 2007 3:16 pm

    Just in case anyone else wonders this too, I am a notoriously loose knitter, and tend to use a needle 2-3 sizes smaller than patterns. I recommend a size 4 in the pattern because that seems to be a common size for getting the gauge I liked, but as always, do it how it works for you!

  18. August 29, 2007 4:35 pm

    beautiful, and the pistachio is very pretty! glad i found your site (google) now i know what color i am buying for a swap partner 🙂

  19. September 10, 2007 12:42 pm

    Ooh, those look so great. Another have to knit pattern for my list.

  20. Debbie permalink
    September 14, 2007 4:43 pm

    These are really cute! Super job! Now, off to the pattern. . . .

  21. October 4, 2007 12:16 pm

    Great socks! I have made my own pair. Thank you for the pattern. 🙂

  22. November 3, 2007 6:27 pm

    Smashing socks and smashing yarn. Any idea what it going on at Cider Moon? Their pages seem to all be off line.

  23. November 11, 2007 7:33 am

    This is a pair of socks I want to knit ! I have put them on my to do list. Thank very much for sharing!

  24. peony67 permalink
    January 25, 2008 3:25 am

    I was searcing for some simple pattern to work with my orange sherbet yarn, and this is IT. I love knitting toes up (In fact I can hardly think why would anyone do them differently, it eliminates all those worries about if the yarn will be enough, or those tiny leftover balls)and short row heels and heels… perfect!


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