Monday, November 25, 2013

Form + Function Socks

Though I no longer have a daily commute, I still like to have one relatively simple project on the needles which can be worked on while riding the train or bus. Socks are one of my favorite on-the-go projects since they don't take up a lot of space, and I prefer patterns that are easy to memorize so that I don't have to keep pulling out a chart as I knit on-the-go.
I designed these socks to be the ultimate travel knitting project - easy without being boring, all the while resulting in a pair of socks you'll love to wear. The colorwork lice and stripe pattern at the top of the cuff can be easily memorized (and you can just use your first sock as a reference when knitting sock #2); the striped toe allows you to easily work your toe shaping - all you have to do is remember which color is worked for the decrease round! As an added bonus, they are a great way to use leftover sock yarn, as you only need a small amount for the contrast color.
Each pair can be knit up quick (I knit the prototype in about two weeks), making them a great last-
Alternate version in Chocolate Latte and Tequila Lime.
minute gift option. The 100% superwash merino sock yarn from Baah is an excellent choice for gifting, and there are plenty of great color combinations to try!

Pattern Details: 

Materials
2 (2) skeins Baah! La Jolla in Tequila Lime (color A) and Night Sky (color B) (100% Superwash Merino, 400 yards (100 grams)
US #1 Double-Pointed Needles
Stitch marker
Darning Needle
Gauge
32 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch

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