I set out to knit a pair of socks that fit me as well as I could manage. They’re not perfect, but I paid attention to detail more so than usual and I think it helped. Here are my Sunshine Socks.
I set out to knit them at a much tighter gauge than I normally do.
I worked on 2.25mm needles and I’m a tight knitter so it was pretty firm. I’d even go down to 2mm I think, just for fun.
I did the leg in rib. 2×2 rib to be precise.
And I continued ribbing on the heel flap – sort of. Six knit stitches broken up by some purl stitches to give the effect of the ribbing continuing.
Instinctively I’d decided to knit these on 68 stitches, rather than the 64 I normally do on slightly larger needles. I think it was a good move, accounting for the tighter gauge. But if I were to go down to even smaller needles, I don’t think I’d need to increase the stitch count. I find socks tend to relax so much with wear. I can afford to not increase stitches.
The yarn is Yarntini ‘Sunshine Stripe’ – which came to me via RoseRed and her membership in the Yarntini sock club, which I’m going to have to get on board with if there’s another one. For plain, go everywhere knitting I think you can’t beat a good fun self striping yarn. Who needs fancy stitches with yarn this sunny and vibrant? Let the colours do the work!
I asked my chickens what they thought and they were in firm agreement throughout the photo shoot.
And I like how I even got them to match! They didn’t have to. I didn’t try too hard. It just worked out that way, for once.
Hey while I think of it – if you’ve got a recommendation for a good sock yarn club where I’ll be sent instalments of pretty, colourful sock yarn, leave a comment. I’m going to do this!