I decided to work on a gift for my new husband during our honeymoon. A sweater was out of the questions as he is 5’10” and that project would have been a pain to cart from place to place. I needed something super portable and easy to pack. So the winner was socks!
My husband likes really plain and simple clothing…think stripes and solids. Much to my delight I found Paton’s Kroy Sock Yarn (self-striping!) at my local yarn store. The yarn is a washable wool/nylon blend called Blue Striped Ragg. The yarn label states it is Super Fine (1), yet it recommends you use a US size 3 (3.25 mm) needle. I knitted a swatch with US 1’s and it felt a tiny bit dense, but not impossible to work with.
As for the pattern, I used a basic sock blueprint and embellished the heel flap. I start at the cuff, progressed downward, and then use the Kitchener’s stitch to bind off. I casted on 69 stitches and knit in a 2 X 1 rib pattern for the cuff. The heel flap is based on a mock rib stitch (slipping stitches rather than purling to create a ribbing like affect). Then I worked in stockinette stitch for the foot.
I was a little bummed about the toe. It came out really boxy. I don’t know what went wrong. Since I was finishing the socks not near reliable internet (hence I couldn’t Google it) I just did the best I could. My husband didn’t seem to mind and the average person can’t really tell… Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.
I ended up using 1.5 skeins of yarn to make these socks. I started off with an identical pair, but something went awry. By the time I figured it out I was too far into sock #2. I was just too lazy to rip them back so fraternal twins it was.
All and all the hubby is happy and that is all that matters. He likes them so much he is already asking for another pair. I better get knitting. ❤️