Swimming in Socks!

It’s been a minute since I last posted. I was struggling to find time to take finished object photos of a few things, and then I broke my ankle about little over a month ago. The broken ankle hasn’t made it any easier to get finished object photos of a few garments I’ve finished, but I really wanted to write a post, so I thought I’d talk about some pairs of socks that I’ve knit for the Box o Sox KAL (hosted by Kristin of the Yarngasm podcast). I know this is a bit ironic, since I have no reason to wear pretty hand knit socks underneath the giant boot that I’m spending 8 weeks wearing for my broken ankle, but I was already planning not to wear these socks until I finish the KAL at the end of the year, so it works out. My goal was to knit one pair of socks per month, and, so far, I’ve stuck to that. So, sit back, relax, and get ready for a long post about socks!

Pair #1: Festoon socks in Stranded Dyeworks

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I’ve already written a post about these socks, but I thought I’d mention them again, because they might be my favorite! I just love how defined the twisted stitch details are. The pattern is Festoon by Rachel Coopey, and I found it in Issue 21 of Pom Pom magazine. I used Stranded Dyeworks Cavern sock base (which has silver stellina!) in the colorway Ocean Rainbow. The dyer behind Stranded, Amy, mentioned in a recent episode of the Stranded Podcast that she’ll be phasing out her Cavern base, so get it while you can!

Pair #2: Valentine’s Day socks in Manos del Uruguay

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I wanted these socks to be sort of Valentine’s Day themed since I was knitting them in February. I mostly followed the pattern for the Hearts and Flowers socks in Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy B. Johnson, but I substituted an improvised twisted stitch heart in place of the flower motif. I just didn’t love the flower all that much, and I was still really into twisted stitch cables from the Festoon socks. The chart for the twisted stitch heart I improvised is below. The yarn I chose (Alegria by Manos del Uruguay in the Tannat colorway) was probably a bit too variegated, but, if you look closely, you can see that there are two types of hearts on the socks – a lacy heart, which was written into the sock pattern, and a raised heart, which is the one I improvised.

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Pair #3: Vanilla socks in Knitted Wit

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I bought this yarn while visiting Santa Cruz, and I knew it needed to be a plain vanilla sock since the colors are so insane. The main colorway is called Radioactive Rainbow, and the yarn is Knitted Wit Victory Sock. The heels, cuffs and toes are from mini-skeins of Knitted Wit yarn – the cuffs and toe stripe are in the colorway Key Lime, and the heels and toes are in Wild Orchid. I knit the socks cuff down with a Fish Lips Kiss heel (my first!). My vanilla socks recipe is 64 stitches on a 2 mm needle. The cuff is a 1×1 rib, and I usually do about 25 rows of ribbing. The toe is just simple decreases and then is Kitchener stitched. I really love how colorful and crazy these socks are! They remind me of tropical fish.

Pair #4: Socks on a Plane in The Dye Project

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I’ve really been wanting to knit a pair of Socks on a Plane socks because I’ve been watching a lot of the Brooklyn Knitfolk podcast, and this pattern is Jaclyn’s go-to sock. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry (by Laura Linneman). It’s very easy, but just a little bit more special than a vanilla sock. I enjoyed knitting it and would definitely knit it again, except that I didn’t really like the toe in the pattern because it’s very shallow. I’ll probably either do a slightly deeper toe or just knit the pattern top down next time. I also bought this sock yarn on my trip to Santa Cruz – it’s the Montara sock base by The Dye Project, and it’s the colorway Blue Tartan. The yarn is the first Corriedale yarn I’ve knit with (it’s 80% Corriedale and 20% nylon), and I like how it feels knit up, although it was a little splitty while I was knitting it.

Future Sock Plans

  • A few of my knitting friends have recently knit the No-Heel Spiral Socks, which is a free pattern on Ravelry. The pattern is very stretchy, so the socks are knit like a tube sock – with no heel. I’m kind of interested to try these socks, although I don’t mind knitting heels. I think they’d be good socks to knit as a gift – since they stretch a lot and don’t have a heel, fit wouldn’t be as much of an issue.
  • Jaclyn of the Brooklyn Knitfolk podcast is hosting a KAL for her Clark socks starting May 6th. I think these socks are really pretty, and I’d like to participate in the KAL, but I’m not sure I currently have a sock yarn that would be right for this pattern, and I’m trying to knit from my stash.
  • I’ve never knit a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks, so I should probably do that eventually. Everyone talks about them, the pattern is free, and they’re really cute.
  • Another one of my knitting friends is knitting these Broken Seed Stitch Socks (another free pattern!), and they’re turning out sooooo gorgeous. The socks are knit in two colors, and it’s just a really nice effect. Again, I’m not sure I have stash yarns that would work for this pattern, but I’m definitely keeping it in mind.
  • I’m always looking for more sock ideas! I like learning new things, so I don’t think I’ll knit vanilla socks unless the yarn I want to use is really crazy. Comment your favorite sock patterns or patterns you’d like to try below!

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