Simple Pleasures

Handknit socks in Handmaiden Casbah. No pattern, just mindless knitting and amazing results.

Three things about this knit.

1. The pattern – I cast on 64, worked a 2×2 rib for about 1 inch, and immediately went to the heel. I was really excited to try out the sweet tomato heel and I was not disappointed. It is awesome. I worked 3 wedges of the sweet tomato heel, then knit the foot to 2 inches short of the length of my foot (maintaining a 6×2 rib over the top of the foot) and finished off with a regular toe and a kitchener graft over 10 stitches at the very end.

See the heel? Cool, huh?

2. The yarn – heavenly. The colors are splendid, the cashmere is so soft, this yarn is amazing. I could gush for pages but I will just say this one thing – get some. You’ll love it. Oh – and this little pair of socks used less than half, so I still have a good amount left over! Yippee!

3. The next time – This was the first time I have ever attempted to knit socks without a pattern and I am pleased with the results. Next time I need to remember a few things. One: knit a longer cuff. Two inches at least. Two: do something prettier than 6×2 ribbing. Three: Well, I guess that is it. These socks are pretty close to perfect.

Oh, and one more thing. After knitting and wearing several pairs of socks I have discovered that I tend to wear holes in my socks on the balls of my feet. I tried a new trick to reinforce these socks in that area and I will tell you all about it tomorrow.

4 thoughts on “Simple Pleasures

  1. Tomorrow?!?!

    Way to keep us coming back woman. Lol.

    I have one skein of Casbah. I should really wind it up and knit with it.

  2. I’ve been pondering different heel & gusset types. I’ve found a blogger who has the decreases at the heel instead of the gussets bit they still require short row heels…and now this…I’m pondering so many things.


    • The sweet tomato heel has no gusset. You work it between the leg and the foot with no transitions – so it works toe up or cuff down. It really is pretty cool. Oh, and the short rows get a new twist – she calls it “thanks ma” and it is very simple and almost invisible.

  3. I love this project! I have to finish up some other things before being free to follow your example. Thanks for sharing what you’d do differently in the future, that really matters. As to wanting something less boring than the 6×2 rib, I think this yarn demands simplicity. Complexity wouldn’t show among the bright stripes. If you want more texture, choose a solid light color so others can see the results of your hard work. That’s why fisherman sweaters are usually cream…choose dark colors and the cables are invisible. I, too, wear socks out under the ball of the foot before anywhere else, and anxiously await tomorrows pearls of wisdom. Thank you… Mollie in Milwaukee

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