Monday, 9 August 2010

Araucania Rainbows

Do you like these miniature socks? They're really, really tiny, and took very little time to make - bonus! They're baby-sized and I'm not sure how long it will take before a newborn outgrows them, but I really don't mind. I just couldn't resist knocking up a quick pair.
So that's what I did yesterday...

They're Great Baby Socks, aka North Country Cotton Socks from Cherry Tree Hill Yarns. The pattern calls for a "light worsted", but I made these in Araucania Ranco Multy, which my Mum gave me as a present when I was last up in Scotland.
The colours are so beautiful, though like Koigu the yarn is nicer up close than from a distance.

There's not much to say about these, as they're so tiny and were so quick to make that the whole pair went by in a few hours. I would recommend the pattern though. I can't say enough how refreshing it is to read a pattern which has no mistakes.

Edited to add: the only modification I made was to use Magic Loop instead of DPN's.

The other point I would make is that they're great to make if you've never made socks before. They take you right through the entire construction process, in exactly the same way that adult socks are constructed. There's no complicated, reinforced slip-stitch heel or anything, but that's not exactly required for someone who won't be puitting any weight on their feet for a while! I feel this way about most garments. Jumpers and cardigans are the same: they're constructed in the same way, but you see the results so much quicker and the entire process is therefore more enjoyable.

I can't wait to see these little socks on our newborn when the time comes. In the meantime they're joining the ever-growing pile of baby FO's!


Northern Monkey said...

They are just adorable, I love baby knits for the same reason as you, they're good practice for adult garments using the same technique but they're so much quicker because of how tiny they are!

Congratulations on the baby, babies are always lovely news!

Rowan said...

Thank you, thank you!

Icy Sedgwick said...

That Araucania Ranco yarn is currently on sale on the Kemp yarn website!

I got a skein of the one, Steel.