Work in Progress : Knit socks for him

Tessare Sock - for Mario

I’ve been working on these for a couple of months off and on. They’re Anne Hanson’s Tessare Sock pattern from KnitSpot. A perfect knit for a man you love. The pattern is interesting and without any yarn overs or things that may cause him to view it as “lacey” or “frilly.” The color’s great too. It is a Socks that Rock Rare Gem and the hubby picked it out from my stash.

Tessare Sock - Cat Borhdi Style

While I’m using the Tessare Mosaic-like pattern, I’m doing it “Cat Borhdi style”, using the personal footprint directions in her book. I’ve got one “foot” done and plan to knit the legs at the same time after I’ve finished the second foot. As all things Cat does, it is brilliant. I’ve knitted 3 pair of socks this way. Two for me (Mermaid and Cotty) and One for him and they are some of the best fitting socks I have.

Socks in progress, when there is little progress

cuff done and leg

I’m a slow knitter. A very slow knitter.


Also, I tend to get distracted and lose my place. The really bad thing about it is that I’ll think I know where I am and just continue knitting and discover later that I’ve really mucked it up. I ripped back this sock about 4 times before I finally put stitch markers at the beginning of each repeat.

cute little stitch markers make it more fun

A cute little one at the end of the round also helps. So now at least I’m making progress.

The pattern is Irish Girlie’s Blackberry Brambles.
I love its stretchy ribby elegance. And it is NOT difficult – I’m just a dorkus that needs the stitch marker training wheels.
The yarn is Madeline Tosh in the Oxblood Colorway
The cute stitch marker is from One Red Loop (who doesn’t seem to be selling right now) and was in our swag bag from the Knot Hysteria Retreat (Thank you!)

Project bag and blackberry bramble socks

The cute project bag is actually a bento box bag from our local Japanese dollar stor, Daiso (I love Daiso).

Cotty my Cotty

Cotty socks

Another pair of socks done! This pattern by Irish Girlie is a wonderful way to show off any variegated colorway. The fun and simple lace can be easily customized to a toe up formula as I did.

Cotty sock cuffs

Also, I did a bit of a short cuff and needed the hugginess of a rib at the top. I worked with the Cotty lace pattern and my Cotty rib goes something like this:

after the last lace row.
Row 1: *K1, M1, K2, M1, K1, M1 [repeat from *]
Row 2: *K1, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1 [*repeat from *]
Repeat row 2 until rib is desired length.

Cotty socks

I think I’ll try the picot edge cuff next time (and I will be knitting another pair). I recently found a great technique in Wendy D. Johnson’s book “Socks from the Toe Up.”

Pattern: Cotty by IGK available for purchase
Yarn: Socks that Rock Mediumweight
Colorway: My Blue Heron (I dyed it at Sock Camp!)
Modifications: Toe up, My Cotty Rib (see above)

Oh – Joey would like you all to know that the photoshoot did not go unsupervised.

Joey Supervises the photoshoot