I’m continuing my year-long salute to crochet socks with a pattern called “Ripple Socks” by Karen Ratto-Whooley in her book I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in Big Top.
Stitch for foot: extended single crochet
Stitch for leg: chevron pattern, 3 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-sp, 3 dc, dec
I’m not going to lie, I give both the yarn and the pattern 3 out of 5 stars. Maybe I was just having a rough month, but nothing came easy with these socks. First the yarn just wouldn’t cooperate. It became so severely tangled at one point that I had to cut out the knots. I spent my lunch break one day just trying to salvage as much of it as I could by untangling it. What a time! Then the pattern had some issues. I swear that there is an error in Rnd 1 of the leg. This is okay. Mistakes happen. Lord knows I’ve made my own mistakes. But it was frustrating to try to figure out what was wrong. It seems that for a size 9 sock, you should have 53 stitches to start the leg work, not 49, in order for the chevron stitch pattern to line up.
But what an amazing sock it turned out to be. The yarn worked its magic into vertical stripes on the leg. This seemed so unusual. Is this something that Knit Picks designed it to do? Have you ever had this happen with your socks?
The biggest discovery I made with this toe-up sock was how to tell where to end the leg on the first sock so that you’ll have enough yarn to make the second sock the same length. All you have to do is weigh the sock against the remaining yarn and fasten off your sock when you get to the point where they both weigh the same. For this sock, I only had a wee little bit of yarn leftover (that little ball in the above photo). It’s so satisfying to make use of almost a whole skein and not have a bunch of yarn left at the end. I’m finding this to be one of the big benefits of toe-up socks. I always get a little anxious when working on cuff-down socks because I’m afraid that I will run out of yarn.
So despite all the frustration that this month’s sock caused, in the end I am pleased with the result. Here’s to an easy-breezy sock for May. Wish me luck!
Check out previous months in this incredible year of the sock: