FO: 3×1 Garter Rib Socks and Sock Stash Guilt

Thank you for your wonderful comments on my vest! I also appreciate the wise knitters who pointed out that Beaverslide should not sit in a closet and that I should rip the raglan. I know you’re right. After all, if our positions were reversed, that’s exactly what I’d be telling you to do. In fact, I think I told Liz K just last week that she should rip rather than settle for a too-long sweater with a perfect tubular cast on. If spring were not just around the corner, I would be ripping away. Instead, I will let my sweater alone until next fall when I could really use 900 yards of Beaverslide.

In the meantime, I can show off another pair of dull socks. These might be my favorite every day socks yet, if hopelessly dull to knit.

Koigu KPM 3x1 Garter Rib Socks

Yarn: Koigu KPM in 2343

Pattern: 3×1 Garter Rib with Calf Shaping

Needles: US 1 1/2 and 0

Koigu KPM 3x1 Garter Rib Socks

This was the first time I’ve ever used Koigu (much to my amazement) and I definitely think it is worth every penny, even if the yardage is CRAP. Fortunately, Julieknits at Ravelry had half a skein of this color that she generously sent me because, as I may have mentioned before, Koigu’s yardage is crap. I actually finished these with less than 12 inches of yarn. I used Julie’s yarn to reinforce the heels. I’m stunned that I almost ran out. I have tiny feet and these legs do not strike me as particularly long. What’s a girl with even average sized feet to do? That would be an expensive pair of 3-skeined socks!

Koigu KPM 3x1 Garter Rib Socks

I experimented with some calf shaping by dropping down to a size 0 needle for the lower part of the leg. The rest of the sock was knit on size 1.5 needles.

You can tell that I’ve been doing a lot of studying lately because I’m just cranking out easy socks. Here is the first of another pair of 3×1 garter rib socks in Shibui Knits Sock, although this time I used decreases for the calf shaping. Glenna has also been testing out methods to get the perfect, slouch-free sock. You should check out the cool knee socks she just finished. I used to think that I couldn’t last through knitting knee socks but I suspect with the right yarn, it would be possible.

Shibui Knits 3x1 Garter Rib Socks in Bark

After I knit the first pair, I really wanted to go buy more Koigu. It makes such a nice sock in spite of the yardage. Nevertheless, I simply cannot bring myself to buy more because of the sock yarn I have in stash. I tried adding it up in my head and I came up with enough yarn for 9 pairs. That seemed like a lot until I tracked it all down. Try 21 pairs. And some of it is really, really nice too! I decided that it would be an appropriate exercise in self-discipline to knit what I have, if only to punish myself for buying icky yarn (hi, Knit Picks Essential) just because it was cheap. So here you have my 21 potential pairs, although I cheated a bit and included the Froehlich I just used up because it was so old and I was so proud of myself for getting rid of it. I hope chip away at this until at least all of the Knit Picks is gone so that I can buy nice yarn guilt-free. In the meantime, I will be living vicariously through Megan and her twelve lovely single socks.

*ahem* Revised sock stash. Let's be completely honest now: that's 21 pairs of socks...

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27 comments so far

  1. Jess on

    Beautiful! Ribbed socks are boring to knit but so practical. I just tried to make a pair of socks for myself in Koigu and quickly realized I was not going to make it. (I wear an 11!) They’ve found a happy home elsewhere. It was a bummer though!

  2. Kristy on

    It had never occurred to me to go back and reinforce the heel with leftover yarn. That’s a great idea :)

  3. Chris on

    Yummy socks!

    Yup, my size 11 feet mean I have some kind of short koigu socks. :) Of course, CTH isn’t any better…

  4. bellamoden on

    I have 7.5s, and like my socks loose, more like a 9, and I’ve never had a problem making a pair of Koigu socks… go figure. Oh well. Those are cute socks!

  5. stacey on

    those are great! sometimes simple is best….it does stink that Koigu is such short yardage, but there are lots of other great super sock yarns out there with better yardage!

  6. Glenna C on

    Dooooo it, knee socks are the greatest! Now that I have that 1 stockinette pair, I am wondering why I don’t have more.

    I have never used Koigu, and it is the yardage issue that keeps me resisting. I also have the Size 11 feet. But everyone seems to have a Koigu fetish out there and loves the colours so much. Maybe one day I’ll break down and give it a try!

  7. Macoco on

    The koigu socks are very pretty – that green is so soft and soothing. I think I would have had a panic attack the whole foot of the sock if I saw how little yarn there was left!

  8. Katie on

    This yardage issue is one of the reasons I reverted to toe-up knitting for 90% of my socks. I would be livid if I ran out of yarn, and I hate to see those little balls of excess sock yarn lying around. Those socks might have been mindless to knit, but they are lovely. I secretly adore mindless knitting.

  9. Ashley on

    Rule #1: Koigu socks are always toe up. Rule #2: But 3 skeins. So sayeth my 10.5 feet. I actually do have several 2-skein pairs, but they are notably short.

    I really like how that garter rib looks. I think I’ll be adopting it for my next basic sock.

  10. Mintyfresh on

    whenever i make a to-do list, i also put things on that i just finished, if only to be able to cross them off :)

  11. liz K on

    It was good advice for me, and it’s just as good for you. Rip the Beaverslide. Can’t just leave good yarn to nothing.

  12. nikki on

    Great socks – you really can’t go wrong with garter ribbed socks. My first pair of socks were knit out of Koigu and I had *just* enough yarn to finish them. I thought that was normal until I knit my second pair and had leftovers.

    I’m in the same boat as you with the Beaverslide. I have some here that was supposed to turn into a Central Park Hoodie, but I think I may rethink things and make it a Forecast. It’s a shame to let it sit.

  13. DeeDee on

    Very comfy looking socks. I, for one, love basic socks made from beautiful yarn. And I totally agree with you about the KP Essential yarn; I recently received my first order of it and I’m pretty sure it will be my last. But I do have to say that I love their fingering weight Bare Merino. It takes dye beautifully and is very nice to knit with, IMHO. I don’t know how it holds up made it to their intended recipient yet.

  14. Rachel on

    You know, sometimes a simple sock is the best way to show off beautiful yarn. I hadn’t thought of it before, but I just love the ribbing style you chose, and I think I’m going to use it with some multi-colored yarn I’ve got. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. leslie on

    there is just something about a simple sock. really, those are the ones i wear more. hey, just a plain old stockinette will do with me.
    i think they are lovely!

  16. Faith on

    I wanted to comment on these socks but I kept scrolling down and there are so many beautiful FOs on this page! I’m so impressed (and your colors! Oh man! Perfect.) What a beautiful blog!

  17. Lawanna on

    I don’t think you have enough sock yarn… go shopping!!! :o)

  18. Abby on

    wow the simplicity of these is really beautiful…. well done.
    luv Abby

  19. Emily on

    I heart Koigu too and really want to buy more. Must resist urge…

    Looking forward to seeing more socks! :)

  20. kaitlyn on

    you are dead on about Koigu’s yardage… but it is SO NICE. I knit 3 skein socks for the first time myself and just hit a sale for 7 more skeins! Single skeins for toddler socks–that’s how I justify more Koigu :)

  21. Carrie on

    I know how you feel about the sock stash–it’s so easy to buy more. I’ve been at a fiber fest this weekend and there is a LOT of really incredible sock yarn, it’s a struggle not to stash it all. So far, I’ve only bought one skein, and I feel pretty good about it!

  22. tiennie on

    Your socks are fantastic! Yay for knitting more!

  23. Ann on

    The socks are lovely. I love the garter rib stitch too as it’s nicer than the normal rib & it’s an easy pattern. I have some Koigu in my stash & should take them out after your raving review.

  24. schrodinger on

    I love those socks – I think the koigu really makes them – believe it or not, I’ve never knit with it before… but am tempted.

  25. gabriella on

    not dull at all!! love those socks. (but then, i like the more classic and clean-lined…that’s just how i roll.) hope all’s well with you, elinor. :) gabriella

  26. nova on

    I do love Koigu, but the yardage is a little less than endearing. Perhaps I should not have included sock yarn in the bag?! I think sock yarn won in contests should not count towards the final count as you had no way in knowing what you were going to get. That’s my wooly logic for today.

  27. Barbara Peterson on

    I am looking for Koigu KPM green 2343 (dye lot 3132 or any dye lot in 2343. I have spent hours! making a diamond lace cardigan and I will not have enough Koigu to finish it. So if anyone has an extra ball of this yarn color, please contact me at Thank you. I know always buy more then you need but …

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