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23 Gram Socks

February 25, 2014
by Erin B

I am knitting a lovely lace scarf for my mom.  No, really!  I am!

But it is lace and 300+ stitches in a row and requires a lot of concentration.  This month I am working almost every single day except for the week the kids have off from school and Little Girl has two swimming lessons a day, every day.  Oh, and the three days I took off due to that chest infection.

Not a great set up for knitting lace.

So I have been knitting these:

I’m calling them 23 gram socks, because …  well… I feel a teeny bit cheated.  By the time I take the label off the skien of CoBaSi (I bought six skeins because… well, just because) it is pretty consistently 45-46 grams not the 50 it claims on the band.   This is fine for me, but really an extra four grams would make these socks a little more accessible.

None the less if your feet are a women’s 7 narrow….

The the skein into a ball and place on your Lee Valley Precision Scale.  Frown that you, once again, only have 46 gram of yarn.  Take the outside end and wind it onto your ball winder until the scale only reads 23 grams or half of whatever you started with.

Cast on 24 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast On and the Magic Loop to do two, toe up socks.  My needle is a 100com, 2.25mm circular.

I cheat and tie a single knot using the tail and the working yarn on the inside, then knit the first round using both the tail and working yarn held together.  This slightly re-inforces the first row and works in my end at the same time.

On the second row, KFB, knit to second stitch before end, KFB, knit. Repeat on second sock, repeat on second side of sock.

*Knit one round. Repeat increase round.

Repeat from * until each sock has 30 stitches per side (60 stitches per sock).

Knit 55 rounds (or until sock is 3″ less than your foot length.  You will likely need more yarn that I use.)

Decide which is the top and which is the bottom of you socks.

On the bottom, KFB, knit to two from the end, KFB, knit.  Knit the top.  Knit next row. Repeat until bottom has 74 stitches.

Use the short row wrap and turn method to turn the heel.

Part 2

At the end, you still have too many stitches (74) on the heel needle, so:

Knit 26, k2tog, knit 20, ssk, knit 26, knit 30 on the top on the sock.

Next row knit.

Knit 25, k2tog, knit 20, ssk, knit 25, knit 30 on the top on the sock.

Next row knit.

Knit 24, k2tog, knit 20, ssk, knit 24, knit 30 on the top on the sock.

Next row knit.

Work as established until both needles only have 30 stitches.

*Knit 2, purl 1* repeat until almost out of yarn.  Cast off using the Jeny’s Surprising Stretchy Bind off.

Ta! Da!

I can knit these socks a couple of stitches at a time without looking and finish a pair in less than a week of hardly knitting at all.  I would suspect they are a Saturday afternoon pair of socks.  Less than 6 hours for sure.

I have knit a pair a week for the last two weeks.  The last pair were knit in 30 minute bits as Little Girl swam.  30 minutes per lesson, 2 lessons per  day, 4 days + a few minutes here or there while she was in the shower = a pair of summer weight ankle socks.

I have another pair just started today.  I am kind of hoping to use up all six skeins and clear out my stash or CoBaSi.  The thing is…. six skeins…. no colour repeats, so summer length socks only.

Plus I was curious, because I usually knit socks to fit and they are 30-ish gram socks.  Which means I get three socks out of a 100 gram skien.  I wondered if a 25 gram sock would be a reasonable length.  I think I will stick with my 30 gram winter wool socks and save the extra to make a sock yarn blanket or something.  23 grams are too short for most of the year around here.

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