During the coldest parts of the winter (and honestly, during the warm days of summer), I crave the warmth of hand-knitted wool socks. Nothing beats the warmth and love your feet feel upon slipping into a pair while cuddling up with a cup of hot cocoa.
Rhythm Week Socks
I’ve heard people complain about hand-knitted socks ranging from hatred to disgust with one of my favorite garments. Honestly, I think that these people may not have worn a properly knitted pair of socks.
Yes, the inside of most knitted socks has a bumpy, garter stitch pattern. However, the softer the yarn, the softer the bumps. Yes, hand-knitted socks can be thick, but if they are knitted tightly enough, they can be worn with any shoe.
Broadripple socks with my favorite pair of heels
Yes, hand-knitted socks can have a tendency to fall down, but elastic can be woven into the band if you desire socks that stay up without fail. The band can also be knitted with a smaller needle for a tighter fit.
Knitting socks properly could be called an art. I haven’t mastered the art, but with each sock that I knit, I understand a bit more and feel a bit warmer.
My latest sock art creation was supposed to take a weekend. It took one full week. However, they are warm and soft. I can’t wait to slip my feet into them tonight and sip hot cocoa.
Warm, warm socks
My Ravelry Project Page: Rhythm Week Socks
Yarn: Jojoland Rhythm
Needles: Size 4 dpns
Pattern: Weekend Socks
This yarn caught my eye during a trip to the LYS and just begged to made into something beautiful and peppy. The Java sock pattern (designed by Cailyn Meyer, published in Knitty) seemed just pep and energetic enough for the colorful yarn.
Finished Peppy Java Socks!
These socks are some of the softest socks that I have knitted. Plus, the ribbed pattern of the sock causes the socks to expand more than most knitted socks. They almost form to fit your foot. I knitted the small version and there is still room for a bigger foot than mine in the socks.
Up Close View of the Heel and Sole
My favorite part about this design is the heel and sole. The entire sole is knitted in stockinette stitch while the top of the foot and the arch area are all knitted in the ribbed pattern. This heel design is super thick but very comfortable.
My Ravelry Project Page: Pep in My Java Socks
Needles: Size 1, dpns
Yarn: Shibui Sock (colorway 4103 or Roppongi)
After I finished the Inlay Markham socks, I thought that I would attempt to finish knitting some of my other projects. I frogged the beginning portion of the back of Holla Back Tank and started anew. For some reason, this second attempt looks much different from my first attempt. I think I had previously knitted an inch in stockinette stitch before the lace started. However, after reviewing the pattern, the lace portion should start as soon as you start the back. The wonders of picking up a project after a year in the project bags means that I have no clue what I was thinking when I changed the pattern like that.
Lace Back of my Holla Holla Tank
I made it through the waist decreases when I ran out of yarn. My excitement was high when I went to the local yarn shop (LYS) in search of the bright yarn to finish the project. Alas, always buy more yarn than you need — because you never know when a yarn will be discontinued like the colorway Lily in Shibui Sock. Thank goodness for Ravelry! This is the second time that I have had to buy some stash yarn from a fellow crafter to finish a project.
To brighten my mood, I bought some variegated Shibui Sock yarn called Roppongi on sale and set to work on the Java Sock pattern from Knitty (for some moving relaxation and an early birthday present to myself). Every time I knit socks for myself, I always pick some yarn that is variegated. I’m not sure what that says about my style as a knitter or my fashion style, but I love how variegated yarn makes such intricate designs with the sock pattern.
Always go Variegated – Pep in My Java Socks