Sunday, April 09, 2006
Embossed Leaves Socks
At long last. I have a pair of socks. Not one, but two! I started knitting these socks in early January. I took my time on the first one and then did not cast on the second one until much later. The second sock took only one week to knit, so theoretically I could have made this pair in two weeks instead of three months. If you want to knit these socks, you can find the pattern in the Winter 2005 issue of Interweave Knits. It is a fun pattern and the lace knitting is easy to keep track of. I used the recommended yarn (Koigu), but in a variegated color instead of a solid one. Do yourself a favor and choose a solid color when you make these socks. I think you will be happier with the results. I used what I had on hand and like the way they turned out, but I know the leaves would show up better with a solid color. The only other thing I would change next time is to go down a needle size, because these are a little loose on my foot. I like my socks to fit tighter in the foot and toe than these do. I haven't tried them on with shoes yet, so I don't know how well they will work. But, I have tried them on for pictures, because I know you want to see how they look on.
Sock Update (4/10/06): I've worn these socks with shoes now and they are going to be just fine. In fact, they are possibly the most comfortable socks I've made so far! I think it's the Koigu. All the glowing reports I'd heard about this yarn is the reason I bought it in the first place. But as I was knitting with it, I began to wonder if people had exaggerated a bit. It was nice to knit with, but I didn't notice a huge difference from the last sock yarn I'd used. Now I'm a believer. Koigu is as great as everyone says!