another sprang sock

The Art and History museum in Brussels, Belgium, has a lovely collection of sprang items, including a pair of socks. These socks feature sprang ‘uppers’ and a knitted sole. I decided to try my hand at this.

a pair of sprang socks

I began with a 3 ft long (75 cm) warp.

This will form the top of the foot and front of the leg.

This will form the top of the foot and front of the leg.

I worked these threads for about six inches (15 cm). I then added more warp.

I attached the second, shorter work to the frame beside the original warp.

I attached the second, shorter work to the frame beside the original warp.

This now, is the complete warp for the ‘upper’ of the sock.

Work on the upper is now almost complete.

I separated the two sock uppers, cutting along the midline of the warp.

I cut the threads six at a time, tying little knots.

I cut the threads six at a time, tying little knots.

Sewing up the side seam.

Sewing up the side seam. With the interlinking stitch an invisible seam is possible.

The upper is now complete.

The upper is now complete. All that is missing is a knitted sole.

OK, to be honest, when I measured out the second, shorter warp, on a warping board, my first attempt was too long. I realized this as soon as I tried to mount the second warp beside the first. I should have warped directly onto the sprang frame. What to do? I am too lazy to un-wind that warp, and do not want to waste the yarn … so I set that warp aside. Now that the socks are complete, I think I’ll try a pair of fingerless gloves.

Here's that second warp.

Here’s that second warp, plus some more threads.

I started working at the fingers. I’ll have one hole for the thumb, and another larger one for the rest of the fingers. This means I started out working two separate strips.

I left a gap for the first several rows.

I left a gap for the first several rows.

And then I worked across the warp, closing the gap.

Here's what it looked like at the bottom of the frame.

Here’s what it looked like at the bottom of the frame. Yes, there is a thread that crosses the gap. I’ll cut this thread in the finishing.

Separating the two gloves.

Separating the two gloves. Tying small knots.

Now, making these up into gloves, I decided I needed a small bit to breach the gap between index finger and thumb. So, I set up two tiny warps.

Two tiny warps for the gussets.

These two tiny warps for the gussets are exactly the length of the gap in the larger piece.

One mitten complete, one to go.

One mitten complete, one mitten and gusset not yet assembled.

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