Slightly Obsessed with Socks

Pavo Slipper Socks from Interweave Knits, Winter 2010

Since writing my newsletter last Friday, I've taken my newest resolution—getting back to sock knitting—very seriously!

I've mentioned that I'm moving, and in the process of packing up my office I started looking through my sock books. I probably spent an hour looking at patterns and thinking about which yarns from my stash would work with certain patterns, which seriously derailed the packing process!

I got back on track—books boxed, sock yarn packaged, and then I came upon the winter 2010 issue of Interweave Knits, which has an entire section called "We Love Socks." Sheesh. I'm being stalked by sock patterns!

There are five patterns in We Love Socks: three pairs of knee-socks, a pair of regular height socks, and a pair of footies. I talked last week about how I like to knit booties, and I'm almost through with my first footie of the pair I started on Friday night (thank you football playoffs!) so I need something to follow up.

Since the national championship is on tonight, I should be ready to cast on a new pair of socks tomorrow and in keeping with the footie plan, it has to be Chrissy Gardiner's Pavo Slipper Socks. They're written for worsted-weight yarn (I've packed up all of mine, so a trip to my LYS might be in order!), so they'll be done fast. Which is great, because it's been in the high teens in Spokane, and I can't keep my feet warm!

I love the simple cable detailing, too. I think I'll do these in a bright color—maybe similar to the purple shown or maybe in a bright red or blue. I should mention that this would be a great first sock pattern, too. Fast + easy = perfect for beginners.

Here's a glimpse of the other four sock patterns featured in the winter issue of Knits

Jenna Hurry's Alpha Stockings feature four twisted stitch cable lattices knitted up to knee-high length. Corrugated rib, Norwegian snowflakes, and a checkerboard heel add tradition-inspired flourish to thick, warm Stranded Boot Stockings by Kari Anderson. Get out your intarsia bobbins! Rich color, precise geometry, and unexpected whimsy evoke 1920s style in Lisa D. Jacobs's Art Deco Argyle Stockings. Judy Alexander's Pinked Socks show off handpainted colors with graphic, easy zigzags. These are perfect for your first stranded-colorwork project.

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