Gosh, it’s been so long I hardly know how to do a finished object post anymore. These socks though – they are so colorful and fun that I felt they deserved a post of their own, rather than only appearing in my recap of 2013 knitting. I like them so much I know a 3rd pair is in my future.
Pattern: Drip Candles by Kirsten Hall
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, full details on the blue socks and the orange socks
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Notes: Love this pattern. You can’t put it down as you want to see how the colors play out since they are ever shifting. It is great for using up leftover yarn, but do note that due to the stranded nature you will use more yarn than a normal pair of socks.
Ok, notes on the actual construction. I knit both pairs of mine top down, only because I have top down cast-ons and heel turns memorized. Also, if you notice on Ravelry many knitters have foregone the ribbed pattern on the leg in favor of making the leg like the foot. I would not recommend this. Sure, it is pretty, but the stranded pattern on the foot doesn’t have any stretch to it and won’t fit the leg as well as the ribbed pattern. Both patterns do fun things with the yarn colors.
I wanted to knit these a year sooner than I actually did. I was intimidated by the stranded pattern, worried about gauge. As it turns out I did knit the foot pattern too tightly (the leg is actually not stranded, it is slip stitch so only 1 yarn at a time) and had to rip back about an inch and start again. Part of the learning curve of stranded knitting.