Monday, January 19, 2015
FO: My First Vanilla Socks (with Sprinkles)
It may surprise you to hear that in all the years I have been knitting socks (9?), I have never made a pair of completely plain stockinette "vanilla" socks.
My first two pairs were both Jaywalkers. I loved them to bits (literally), even though they were too big round the ankles and slid down into my shoes.
My sock-knitting ambitions quickly outstripped my experience and I actually designed my Cinderella's Secret Stockings pattern very soon after making those first few pairs of ankle-highs.
So here we are, in 2015, and I have just finished knitting my first pair of plain socks.
And guess what? They fit!
They fit properly!
I have had a few people contact me over the years, asking for advice on a good basic sock pattern for the beginner. Readers? Here it is!
There are plenty of other sock recipes like it, but I can confirm that this one works for me. I will be making more of these!
Pattern: Vanilla with Sprinkles by Jenna Krupar (Retro Lemon Studios), 56 stitch cast on
Yarn: Regia Colorations or Garden Effects by Kristin Nicholas, colourway 3311. If you buy it branded "Colorations", it comes in a 100g ball. If you buy it as "Garden Effects", it will come in 2 x 50g balls. It's the same product, just a different put-up.
Needles: A set of 5 x 2.5mm double pointed Clover bamboos. They are still my favourites.
I cast these on on Christmas Eve and finished sock one in the hospital waiting room.
An elderly lady patient was absolutely fascinated by the self-patterning yarn and said she would love a cardigan knit up in it. I don't think she was dropping hints!
And that's the thing about this sort of wool - it impresses both knitters and non-knitters alike.
FL kept asking me how I managed to get the stripes to line up like that. Honestly? The yarn does it all by itself! I would love to say it was all about my Mad Skillz but it's not true.
So, combining a super-simple well-written pattern with a super-clever Fake Isle yarn, even a beginner sock knitter can be the star of any waiting room entertainment scenario ;)
In case you are wondering, I deliberately avoided making them identical to each other.
Asymmetry strikes again!
I love them.
They are mine all mine and you can't have them... unless you knit your own. And you definitely could - go for it!