Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Challenge

Have a look at these splendid socks by Melody Johnson to see what I decided on for my challenging pair of slipper socks. The socks are constructed from mitred squares. So first of all I had to learn how to make a mitred square. Melody explained the principle - cast on two sides of a square and decrease in the middle to form a square. Right. I grabbed some left over yarn and needles that were handy and gave it a go. There was some unraveling, but I caught on pretty quickly. I experimented a bit with the central decrease. Apparently it doesn't really matter what double decrease you use, as long as you keep it consistent.

The work has a definite wrong side:

After a couple of hours of footling, I reckoned I was ready to tackle the socks. First I followed Melody's link to remind myself how to do a provisional cast on. Aha, no wonder my crochet chain cast on didn't upzip, I was picking up through the wrong loop. Got it. I've made some progress on the socks:

 And the other side:

It boggles the mind a little, but it's not really difficult. I'm using 4-ply cotton yarn. My yarn stash is at an almost-40-year low, but luckily the cotton yarn will work, though the socks may not be as stretchy as socks knitted in wool. 

I had a look at the Fibermania blog. Melody closed it in 2014. I'm glad she left it up so we can still benefit from her patterns and information! She started a new blog, called Melody Johnson, which is here.


  1. It's been a while since I've knit mitered squares. I know I only did a couple, because I wasn't in the mood to knit a blanket and I wasn't sure what to make. This could be the pattern! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Melody has other patterns much smaller than blanket, like cowls and mittens, links on the same page, so worth checking out.

  2. Those will be some fun socks to show off!! :)

  3. I love the gorgeous colour combination of pink and gray!

  4. Very clever!! I quite like the back of the dark/light squares, it gives a completely different look.