Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Monkey Socks

I've been in a sock knitting rut lately, knitting only simple stockinette stitch. But no more! Here's proof that I can actually execute a yarn-over and even carry the stitch pattern across the instep. It's been a long time, I know.

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Monkey
Yarn: Pagewood Farm Hand Dyed Sock Yarn
Fiber Content: 70% Merino, 20% Bamboo, 10% Nylon
Color: Butterfly
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) DPNs
Start: 2/4/08
Finish: 2/20/08
Lifetime Total: 23

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Of course, I had to stick to my preferred heel and toe: short-rows the PG-R way. It was a perfect match for these socks. I worked six repeats of the lace pattern, then began the set up for the heel. It always looks better to have about an inch of stockinette stitch before starting the short-row shaping. This required working one more repeat.

I don't think I caught the fever to knit multiple pairs of Monkeys like some people, but I did enjoy making them. The best part of these socks to me though is not the pattern, but the yarn. The bamboo content gives the yarn a silky feel. Heaven to knit with and oh so comfortable to wear. This is my favorite sock yarn so far.

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My next pair of socks is well underway and they aren't stockinette stitch. See, I really am out of my rut.

10 comments:

  1. They are beautiful. I haven't seen a pair of Monkeys yet that hasn't been terrific.

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  2. That yarn is very pretty! It looks great in Monkey socks but would be wonderful in any pattern. Nice work.

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  3. Monkey socks?????? I love the look of the pattern. The color is so pleasing. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. They're beautiful! I haven't stepped out of my sock rut, yet. I should try some interesting stitch patterns, too.

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  5. I hope mine turn out as nice as yours have!

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  6. Gorgeous Monkeys! I swear I'm the only one who hasn't made a pair of Monkeys yet. They look fun.

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  7. Wow, great minds think a like. I have broken out of my rut and have tried a new pattern too. I haven't posted it yet but will when I get some time. Your socks are lovely. I love the texture and pattern.

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  8. raminthethicket8:01 AM

    Those are gorgeous! Great pattern and great yarn. So satisfying to wear ;o)

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  9. They look great! Nice work! I love the color.

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  10. Cute little monkeys! :o) The yarn really suits the pattern. I think I'm the only knitter on the planet who hasn't done them yet! They are on the list though.

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~Tracy