I recently ordered my first Knit Picks yarn, and I have to say that I was very happy with what I received. I ordered some City Tweed HW for an as yet un-revealed sweater for Sasha and I decided to add some Stroll (formerly Essential) Kettle Dyed Sock to the tab. I went with the color Bordeaux, a beautiful red-purple. I couldn’t really decide what I wanted to do with it (I tend to be pretty picky about my sock patterns) until I saw these gorgeous socks made by Susan out of her Pathway Sport Sock Yarn (check out Slackford Studios, I pretty much love everything Susan does). Her socks are Wendy Johnson‘s Seaweed Socks (ravelry link) – she modified the pattern to work for sport weight yarn. I actually like the socks a lot better in sport weight, so I did what a lot of people do – I totally copied!
My gauge in the Stroll Sock on size 3US was 5 sts/inch, so I decided to modify the Medium Chart – I worked the pattern repeat 3 times with 2 sts in between the SSK and YO (so the chart was 22 sts and 8 rows). The sock is worked from the toe up, so I cast on 20 stitches using Judy’s Magic Cast On (which I love) and then increased to 44 stitches for the foot. The only other change was working a k1, p1 rib for the cuff instead of k2, p2.
I really love the pattern – it’s sort of like a mock cable, it looks beautiful and you only have to know how to SSK and work a yarn over. I’m also really impressed with Judy’s Magic Cast On, which I tried for the first time for these socks. Right now, I’m thinking that I prefer this toe to the short row toes I was working before – we’ll see if I come across anything else I like better!
Oh, and did I mention that the Stroll Sock has awesome yardage? I’ve started a second pair of basic toe up socks to use the rest! : )