Sorry about that title – it’s probably been used on 50% of blog posts about Cookie A.’s Monkey sock pattern [with the other 50% being “Monkey See, Monkey Do”, I’m guessing : )], but I couldn’t resist! : ) I’ve just finished and photographed my first pair of Monkeys, a wonderful and very popular sock pattern by probably the most well known indie sock designer, Cookie A.
Monkeys are knitted from the cuff down, and have a simple (but effective!) lace pattern that’s easy to memorize but looks complicated (and pretty!). I’m not a prolific sock knitter, but occasionally the stars align (i.e. I don’t have any bigger project on my needles + there’s some sock yarn that’s calling my name + I’ve knit too many shawls lately) and I knit a pair. I’ve been wanting to try out Monkey for a while, so I decided to go for it with some Lorna’s Laces sock in “Flames” – a beautiful colorway that was beckoning to me because it looks so fallish and changing-leafy and warm. The yarn is gorgeous and soft, and I had plenty of yardage with two skeins – I’ve still got quite a bit of yarn left over, maybe for some little ankle socks or some sort of fall accessory. I used size 0 US needles, because I’m a really loose knitter and can never knit socks that actually require a gauge unless I use zeros (or switch back to American style knitting, which I refuse to do!).
I’m not sure that this stitch pattern was the perfect one for this yarn – maybe I would have preferred something more like Leyburn to break up the colors a little bit? Well, even though there might have been a better pattern choice out there for this colorway, I’m still really happy with my Monkeys! It was a very fun pattern, easy to carry along and pick up because the lace repeat is pretty short, and it’s easy to see where you left off in the pattern. And it’s free from Knitty – awesome!
Is it just me, or is it really hard to take pictures of socks? Wait, am I saying that about every type of garment? Hmm . . .