Thanksgiving Stocking

Last year I finished a pair of socks over Thanksgiving weekend.
This year, I finished one really long knee high.


I learned a few things about STR Medium weight. The ball band suggests 8 SPI. 8 stitches per inch made for a very thick, very stiff sock. After knitting the foot at 8 SPI I considered selling off my STR stash because it was that bad.
Then I was over at Margene’s, and she mentioned the same thing. Well, the next day she wrote that many people suggested going up a couple needle sizes. I gave it a try. much better
It’s knit at 6 SPI but it’s plenty dense, and wonderfully springy too. I am really curious if the 8 SPI is a typo. I don’t see how that could be the recommended gauge.
I split the hank so I could use up every inch of yarn. When I finished the STR, I switched to a complimentary color of Koigu and 1×1 rib, and finished off with a tubular bind-off. It’s the biggest sock I’ve ever made and I love it.
For scale, here’s the full shot.

7 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Stocking

  1. I was wondering about that! I used size 3 needles and got about 6 spi. I like the fabric it makes at this size.

  2. Great sock Jody! I know knitting socks at a tight gauge helps them to last but I think the twist on STR make them pretty durable without being bulletproof! I used #2(2.75mm) for my one and only pair in medium weight…I much prefer the lightweight!
    Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  3. God I love knee high socks! I never thought I’d hear myself say that but seriously, every knee hi sock i see that someone has made is just fabulous. Well done!

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