Thursday, January 29, 2015

1-2-3 Where's Your Breakfast?

"1-2-3, where's your breakfast?" That's what the animals say in Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories as they disappear into the forest. I didn't really want my giraffes to disappear. So I redid them against a lighter background:
Better! The giraffe socks were designed by Sandra Jager. I found the pattern on Ravelry. Who could resist?

I knitted the giraffes upside down and inside out:

The upside down is because I'm knitting the sock from cuff to toe, so for the giraffes to be correct when the socks are finished, the chart must be worked from top to bottom. The inside out is a tip from Terry Morris that I read in an Interweave Press article. Fairisle socks have a tendency to be too tight and stiff. Terry had several tips to avoid this, but she said the best one is to turn the sock inside out and work the fairisle like that. There's less tendency to pull the floats tight as you would if they were on the inside of the sock. So far, so good, I think the sock will fit my grandson.


  1. What a fabulous tip! - I wonder if it would work for fairisle hats as well?I suppose the other thing you could have done is to have stitched the giraffes on afterwards, with duplicate stitch.

  2. Those are great fair isle tips! Thanks for sharing them. Those giraffes are adorable!

  3. What a lovely sock pattern, your grandson will love them!

  4. The giraffes look brilliant and a great tip, thanks for sharing

  5. This sounds extremely professional, Jane, but i don't understand a word of it!! I do mike giraffes, however, in every way!

  6. Wow, Jane! That's some fancy knitting! Very nice.