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