My socks for February are complete! They were made with “I know we shall have reveling tonight” from The Amy Lee Show’s Canon Hand Dyes line of sock yarn. I picked this skein up last year at the Interweave Yarn Fest. It’s made of 80% merino wool and 20% nylon. A perfect combination! And aren’t the colors fun.
This month’s sock had a rough start. Originally I thought I might try a toe-up pattern that I found from a reputable source on Ravelry. But by the time I had finished the heel, it was a disaster. I’m not sure if it was something I had done or the pattern, but the sock turned out way, way, way too big.
Thankfully some helpful friends on Facebook and Instagram convinced me to frog it and start a new pattern. It’s amazing how liberating it can be to unravel your work… once you get started.
I chose to return to the book More Crocheted Socks by Janet Rehfeldt.
For this sock, I used the pattern “Hello Sunshine.” And I’m really glad that I did. It was so much fun.
It had just enough stitch variety to keep things interesting without becoming too complicated.
The unique texture on the leg is created with a sequence of single crochet and treble crochet stitches.
The heel flap is also done in an interesting way. You crochet around the front loop only for every other row to create another fun texture. This forms a strong fabric for the heel as well.
The foot is made with mini-clusters of single crochet plus half-double crochet stitches to create this playful look. The self-striping yarn responded really well to this stitch. Check out that magic!
Podge especially loves these sock colors. Look at how well they go with her skin tone (er, fur tone).
Join me next month for a new exploration into the wonderful world of crochet socks. I’ve been dreaming of spring and I think March’s sock will be a fitting way to usher in a season of new beginnings and beautiful pastels.
February 25, 2016 at 10:56 am
They turned out so cool! I love how the yarn stripes and zigzags. You have inspired me to try crochet socks again. Mayhaps I’ll even join you as you make socks in March 😉
February 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm
That would be awesome for you to join me in sock crochet fun. I have to tell you it was your crochet socks last year that inspired me to try me hand at it! Let’s crochet socks together. 😊
February 28, 2016 at 12:16 pm
Aww I’m so glad we can inspire each other 🙂 Well, that’s settled then, I’m crocheting socks along with you! And I think this is the pattern I’m gonna go with: http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/twisting-lace-socks.html
February 28, 2016 at 1:38 pm
Those socks look so cool! I can’t wait to see yours. This will be so much fun!
February 25, 2016 at 1:50 pm
Is this yarn dyed in such a way that the pattern will stripes will appear automatically? If so, how do you decide where to start!
February 25, 2016 at 6:33 pm
Hi Emily! Thanks for your question. The yarn is dyed so that it creates even stripes. It depends on the pattern and the stitch(es) used how the stripes will play out. I have never tried to anticipate or control the stripes. I rather like the idea of letting it happen naturally. Part of the fun is seeing what will happen next. But you’ve given me a thought. I’ll do some research and see what designers are doing with self-striping yarn. Maybe there’s a trick!
March 4, 2016 at 10:54 am
Thank you so much for your reply!
February 25, 2016 at 4:34 pm
I really love the colours and pattern of your socks, and would love to have a go but, unfortunately, real wool, even in small amounts, brings me out in a rash
I’ll have to investigate the man-made sock yarns I think 🙂
February 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm
I’m so sorry to hear about your allergy to wool. I’ll keep a lookout for man-made sock yarns for you!
February 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm
That would be amazing if you could – it’ll make finding some easier the more who are looking 🙂
February 26, 2016 at 3:08 am
Those look so interesting and yes, they do go with Podge’s fur tones! 😀