Before I show you these socks I’ll discuss the yarn first. I used Skein’s Top Draw Socks in the colourway Rusty Rock. It’s an 85% merino / 15% nylon sock yarn which has undertones of lichen with overtones of rich rust tones. I love these autumn shades.
Now originally I cast on ready to knit Nutkin socks as I rather liked the pattern. I was going along great guns as you can see from the picture below when lo and behold I went to slip the sock on to measure how far to knit the foot before the toe decreases (which is what I always do) and discovered it was soooo tight!. If only I’d read all the comments on Ravelry from others who had knit these socks too. I should have used size 2.75mm needles rather than the 2.5mm that I usually use as this would have made them that smidge roomier. And yes, I’ve been caught out because I didn’t knit a tension square As you know I never do and it was bound to catch me out at some stage. I had even incorporated a different heel…the wrap and turn heel.
So I frogged what I had knitted (groan!) and started another pair of socks using the V Junkie pattern that I’d previously used as I knew they fitted comfortably. The pattern can be found in Alice Yu’s book called Socktopus. Here they are…
I love the wrap and turn pattern of the heel which negates the need to pick up stitches along the heel flap.
I’m so glad I frogged Nutkin (despite the fact I’d almost finished one sock) and started V Junkie as I couldn’t imagine wearing socks that are a tad too tight.
It’s an interesting pattern and just adds a bit of pizazz to the socks.
The pattern has this lovely 3D effect which makes it look like I am a very clever sock knitter who can master really difficult patterns but this is not the case. The pattern is deceptively easy. It’s simply a matter of slipping certain stitches intermittently every few rows with two rows of purling in between.
As you can see my foot mannequin has a very slender foot so the socks pucker a bit at the bottom however they fit my wide foot very well!
Two socks ready to be blocked and stored away until next winter.
The sad thing is I probably still won’t relent and start knitting tension squares. How many others out there are reluctant to knit them as well? I am sure there must be a few of us! And can anyone talk me into knitting tension squares?
And one day I must go back and knit some Nutkin socks as there have been over 3,700 pairs made and featured on Ravelry! It also happens to be a free sock knitting pattern.
And I’ve left the best until last…..I finished another UFO. Hooray!!!! I am feeling quite chuffed with myself!
I hope you have a lovely crafty weekend filled with lots of yarnie goodness.
Until next time…