About a month ago, my cousin shared a photo on Facebook asking if I could recreate something like what was in the picture:
Naturally, as with most images that get shared on Facebook, there was no link to the original pattern. A Google search of the image quickly came up with the pattern on Ravelry, and we were in business! That’s the wonderful thing about Google, patterns can quickly be found if they’re out there to be found. Our next step was to find the right colors, and we eventually settled on these:
The pattern called for a worsted weight yarn, which surprised me as socks are generally made of a fine yarn. But these aren’t just any socks, they’re super special fancy warm socks. For this project, I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, one of my favorite yarns to work with. If you’ve never used it, I recommend trying it. It’s very soft and it slides off your needles smoothly, very nice to work with.
As I began the project, one thing that struck me was how simple it was once I got it started. This project was a first of many for me. It was my first time knitting socks, my first time knitting from a chart, and my first time switching colors while knitting. I generally make blankets in one solid color with intricate cabling patterns to show off the texture, so making a project pop with different colors was a neat experiment. And as intimidating as the image looks, the pattern is a simple stockinette stitch for the most part. All you have to do is keep track of your colors and switch them at the appropriate time! I won’t re-post any part of the pattern (out of respect to the creator), but I can assure you that if you try it, it’s much easier than it looks. Within a couple days, the socks were coming along nicely:
They’re worked from the top cuff down and are a joy to create. If you intend to make these for yourself, I would recommend making note of this: The finished project came out a bit smaller than I expected. Perhaps I’m knitting too tightly, or maybe the model in the original picture is just really small, but they come out more form-fitting than baggy or saggy. If you have bigger calf muscles, add more stitches in the round on the upper portion of the socks. Increase stitches in one of the rows where it’s just solid color by a multiple of 4. The pattern repeats in 4 stitches. Thankfully, my cousin has skinny legs so these fit her perfectly when they were done. When I tried them on myself, they were a bit tight and they looked funny.
A quick note on the embellishments: I could not for the life of me figure out the leaf pattern! The pattern wasn’t originally written in English, although it is available for download in English. Still, some parts are tough to decipher. The instructions for the flower embellishments and leaf embellishments are very vague. The small flowers attached are what happened when I tried following the directions directly from the pattern, they came out super petite and cute. The larger flower I managed to create by following along with a video I found on YouTube. She is not speaking English in the video, but if you follow along and watch what she’s doing carefully, they’re easy enough to figure out. Likewise, the instructions for the flowers in a row around the ankle are also found on YouTube. Being that I couldn’t figure out the leaf, nor could I find a video, I left them out. I just made a few extra flowers and tacked them on. The original pattern calls for a ribbon to be fed through the holes you make at the top of the socks, but instead I decided to chain crochet a little rope and feed it through, then ended them off with little pom poms.
The greatest thing about the embellishments with this pattern is you can do whatever you want! You could also leave them off entirely if you’re not thrilled about things being sewn onto your socks. The socks themselves can be altered to be taller or shorter, or bigger or smaller around. Just make sure if you’re making them bigger around you’re adding on multiples of 4 stitches, and you’ll be good to go. You could also change around which parts of the sock come first by rearranging the chart and making it your own. You could also switch colors more frequently to make different sections of the chart more colorful. Try everything, make it yours, and enjoy!