Monday, September 16, 2013

FO: Reginald Socks by Rachel Coopey

The brown socks are finished!
These are the Reginald pattern from Rachel Coopey's book A Knitted Sock Society.
If you are thinking of knitting a pair, please note that the leg is 12 inches long (to the bottom of the heel flap) and that if you choose to knit the largest size, as I did, that is an awful lot of twisted rib.  Insert wry smile here.
I was surprised to find that they took me a month to complete.  It felt longer.  And I would put that down to the brown-ness and the twisted-ness.
But those are the two qualities which got me started on this project in the first place.  These are for The Boy's Christmas, and I knew that he would appreciate their quirky mismatched manliness.  Well... I hope so!  Time will tell :)

Pattern:  Reginald socks by Rachel Coopey from A Knitted Sock Society

Yarn:  The Knitting Goddess "Same Difference", a superwash merino / nylon mix.  I bought mine from another Raveller's destash, but there is plenty for sale direct from The Knitting Goddess here.

Sock One went swimmingly, and was mostly knit on holiday near Gairloch.
Sock Two happened in a series of waiting rooms and suffered from my stress-levels.  I made lots of stupid mistakes:  overshot the heel flap by 8 rows and had to pick it back, picked up the wrong loops on the side of the heel flap, creating a delightful lacey feature which I have not completely fixed.  And strangest of all, there is a single row half-way up the leg where I appear to have twisted the stitches twice, creating a tactile ridge.  It won't be ripped back.  It is a designer original.

I am so over twisted rib.  If I never see twisted rib again it will be too soon.
But you know I am lying because Rachel Coopey is the queen of twisted rib and I have another of her patterns at the top of my mental queue, just in time for Tuesday's hospital appointment.
Off we go again!


beate grigutsch said...

this are funny and beautiful for a man! my own one would be lucky with this two shades of one sock :-)

I borrowed two knitting books from the library and bought self striping yarn. with needles i´m unsure - circular knitting needle or 5 needles?

Roobeedoo said...

hello Beate!
I prefer 5 needles - preferably bamboo. I find a circular needle gives me ladders on socks. Good luck!

Donna Hensley said...

I agree, I think twisted rib can get old pretty fast - it takes forever! But the end result is nice. :)

jazz said...

Hi Roobeedoo!

What is your e-mail?
i have a request for you


Lynn said...

Great socks! I agree twisted rib is slow going, but worth the effort.

I hope everything goes smoothly at the hospital. I thinkof you and know how hard this must be. No, that is a lie -- I think iI know how hard it is but I can only imagine. Take care.

MaryinTN said...

Lovely socks!

Roobeedoo said...

Jazz / Jessica, I have put an email link on my profile page. Hope that works!

Emily said...

Gawd, I despise twisted rib. It is EVIL! But the socks are lovely...

acharmofmagpies said...

Amazing socks, as always. All those little unexpected design features are testament to the time in which they were made, and make them unique.

Your socks are inspirational. My mum, despite knitting for years, has never made socks and wants too, I'm going to get a Rachel Coopey book for her on the strength of your socks alone.