Pattern: Totally Mint by Katya Frankel (Knit Today 123)
Yarn: Artesano Superwash Merino (DK; 2 balls in cream)
Ravelry project page: here
Another project that I completed before Christmas was this warm, cosy pair of socks. I actually knitted 4 pairs of socks between September and December, having never knitted socks before and man do I have the bug now! If you do too, make sure you check out Christine's blog - Winwick Mum. Back to the point I was making; so I've actually made 4 pairs of socks now in recent months, 2 pairs of which were Christmas presents so I am unable to show you pictures, and the first pair the heel turn went horribly wrong, so I plan to frog and knit a different pair.
But these socks are the most recent pair off my needles (just for interest, I am a circular needles gal, canNOT be doing with those DPNs!!) and they are a great, snuggly pair of socks that are really ideal for those who are new to sock knitting.
Knit in DK yarn rather that the normal 4ply, the pattern from Katya Frankel is an easy knit and purl repeat stitch the circles round the calf/upper section of the sock in a way that is quite pleasing to the eye. I have actually knit some Hermione Everyday Socks (Christmas present for Katy, but I will be knitting myself a pair soon!) which has a very similar repeating pattern going round. I will admit that the pattern works better on the 4ply as it gives more definition, but there isn't much you can do with a DK weight sock in terms of detail, and this is always preferable to just knit knit knit.
I never check tension on smaller project (shh) and I really ought to have this time. The socks are a little more snug than I would have liked, but having said this they do fit: they just don't look as slouchy as they do in the pictures of the finished pattern. My own fault I know I know - I do know I have tight tension so I always go up a needle size, but one more 0.5mm would have helped this time. I will know for the next pair!
The socks are just long enough to peep over my ankle boots nicely, which is really what I wanted to achieve with my socks. I hope to have lots of pairs like this this year, including some red socks and stripey purple ones; be sure to watch this space as per! But I do prefer knitting socks in 4ply so this pattern might not emerge again soon - though it is perfect for a gift pattern I think! Saving it for next Christmas for sure.
My overriding negative for this pattern is that the heel is worked in short rows, rather than picking up stitches on a heel turn. This is good for new sock knitters, but the finished effect is a little messy for my liking (thought my wrap and turn leaves much to be desired as well) and the resulting heel doesn't fit the contour of a foot as nicely as a usual heel turn does.
Apart from this however I am really pleased with the socks and I am glad I was able to find a yummy use for my leftover DK merino wool. I am eager to cast on the next pair as soon as possible, but first I really really need to finish a cardigan that I've had my heart set on for months. If only there were just more hours in the day ...