A nice sock yardage surprise

Since the last blog, I taught a 6-hour beginning sock workshop and completed the final review of the manuscript for the revised “Knit Socks!”  I’m glad the book is finished and very pleased with it. Before it’s published in September 2010, I’ll preview a pattern or two.

The brightly striped socks I’ve been knitting on and off (mainly off) for a few weeks somehow got finished.  My husband Terry is smiling in anticipation of their being added to his handknit sock collection. He was very supportive of all the comings and goings of the tv crew and took the disruptions in stride. He was called upon to do a number of  above and beyond things, such as walking our dogs in their sweaters (with him in his winter coat) on a warm day.  He’s more than earned the socks, but I’m not sure how I will repay the dogs as they don’t seem to be angling for another set of matching sweaters.

Here are the socks on the owner’s feet, and as you can see, they fit.  I’ve had lots of practice making socks for Terry, so it would have been a bad surprise if they hadn’t. I cast 72 stitches onto size US 1 needles, made a plain stockinette stitch leg with the distance from the cast on to the beginning of the heel flap being 8 inches. The heel flap is 2-3/4″ long, and the length of the finished foot is 11 inches.

This Kristin Nicholas’ designed sock yarn has great yardage; the label states 459 yards (420 meters) in a 100 gram ball.  I try to remember to weigh and record the weight of the ball before beginning any sock, as well as weighing thefinished socks and any leftovers  afterwards. I then record (in my little black book) how many yards I used to make the socks.  As you can see, the 100 gram Nashua sock yarn skein that I had was very generous, weighing 105 grams (which means that there were 23 extra yards of yarn), for a total of 482 yards.  For most women’s socks this wouldn’t matter, because a pair is easily knit from a 100 gram ball with some left over.However, if I weigh what should be a 100 gram skein only to find out it’s 96 grams, I’m very careful about how large the socks are going to be.  Or I may tentatively plan to make the toes and/or heels a different color if I’m making socks for a man or woman with larger feet.

While Nashua’s yardage was overly generous this time, this isn’t the case with all yarns and probably isn’t with all balls of that yarn either. So, I will continue weighing rather than assuming because what you see isn’t always what you get with yarn.

6 thoughts on “A nice sock yardage surprise

    • Hi Judy, I think so, too, but after wearing them a day, I’m hearing noises about his wishing they were a little tighter in the legs!! So, maybe they will get washed and go to my middle brother who is a woodcarver and has wider ankles!! I guess when one has 26 pair of handknit socks one can get a bit picky!

      I did love the colors and the yarn is just great!


  1. Such beautiful socks! I had to have them, so immediately purchased the same yarn, same colorway. However, my yarn is much darker in color and the stripe sequence appears to be different! Do you think they may have changed this yarn?

    • I really don’t know, Barbara. On my computer monitor, the colors seemed to be pretty true. I know that there is a great deal of variation, however, from monitor to monitor. My yarn was not dark but rather very bright. One way you could find out about this is to contact Kristin Nicholas who designed the yarn for Nashua. Her blog is listed on my blogroll.

  2. My Kristin Nicholas yarn was 105 grams and my Mellenweit Fantasia was 145 with the ball band when it says 150. It never occurred to me to check the weight of sock yarn before your blog. I had to have that Plum yarn too despite other things on the needles and they are coming long.

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