Hurray!All right, here are my "Smoking Hot Socks". Until I can figure out how to put the free pattern I've written in WORD up on any place on my blog, you'll have to send me an email, if you want it. Sorry about that!
For the last week and a half I've been knitting socks, in different sizes, with different yarns and needle sizes, to figure out the best combo to write up a pattern. I was very excited and motivated. I hope you like the outcome! I do. I like the third and last sock best. It's made with Trekking XXL color # 100. I've had this yarn in my stash almost a year now, waiting for the perfect pattern, and wouldn't you know it, I think this is it! With this pattern, you don't have to worry about, how the color and stitch pattern go together and even if the mate is identical or not. It doesn't matter, well not to me. They are close enough and I LOVE Trekking XXL with all it's colores!
The second sock was made with a German sock yarn, I've got from ,Sybille as a Christmas present. I like the colors a lot, the only thing I don't like is, that I've knit the sock with 2.5mm needles, which is too loose for me or my taste. They will be for my husband, as soon as he comes back from Europe. By then, I think I can manage it's mate. It's cast on already anyway. We have the same shoe size, but his feet are way wider.
This was my first try. The Cherry Tree Hill Super Glitz sock. I liked it very much until the others came along. It's a thick yarn for sock yarn. I've knit it with 3mm needles. It's warm, but I could not finished the second sock with just one hank (for my size 10 foot). I've only made one mitered square row and K2, P2 until I ran out of yarn. In the end both where the same height on the leg, but if would not have been enough otherwise. Doesn't matter to me, as long as my feet are toasty warm. Good enough for wearing them around the house. The yarn is lovely though, I like the glitter in it, but even for my they are almost too bright. I lean more to green these days.
Here's my darling Trekking sock. Isn't he gorgeous?! I've got the toe part for the second sock done. I've cast on as soon as the needles were empty, so I don't get any ideas of not finishing this pair. No worries though, I really really want them.
Close up of the jojo heel. I've included the instructions and the web link to the instructions on the Lana Grossa website. I've asked for their permission just in case, and got it today.
Here you can have a closer look of the toe part. I always make Judy Becker's magic cast on. It's very fiddly the first couple of rounds, but well worth it. I think.
The slip stitch pattern on top of the foot blocked out really well. At first it pulls together, but no worries. These socks are quite warm, with all the garter stitch and cushy. I like when the decreases on the mitered squares make those ridges, I think it gives some texture. Of course, if you don't like them so prominent, you can always decrease a different way. Your prerogative!
I'm still thinking about what to do next. Of course there are still two mates to be knit. I still have two blankets, which I haven't even glanced at, to finish. I don't want to do lace exactly. I want to do something, but what? Something very different and exciting. What will it be?
Now, if you would like to give the Smoking Hot socks a try, I've put a link on the side bar with my email or you find it with my profile. Just let me know, that you want it and I'll send the Word file to you. Have fun! Keep warm! Knit, knit, knit! ;o)