I’ve wanted to make these fun socks for 10+ years, ever since I saw it in the Spring/Summer 2010 edition of Knitty. It’s a ”piquant” pattern according to their grading, but I was a pretty adventourous knitter back then so I think I could have pulled them off. Instead I learned lace knitting and knitted, my wedding shawl from another Knitty pattern.
Well, it was finally time. My cousin was having a baby. I had a skein of ”just right” yellow baby wool yarn. Why not?
It is a really fun pattern. I got to learn Turkish cast on, and practice my applied icords.
The toe ridges are applied after knitting the foot, and they run from the top of the foot to the bottom, and then up the heel. I used a modification mentioned on the pattern page on ravelry and grafted the heel closed instead of icording it closed. This meant I could do both side toes at the same time, just going from toe to toe across the heel.
I just checked the designers other patterns, because I know there’s a toddler version that I thought might work to modify for adult feet. No need! There’s an adult version too!
Felting seems like a good idea to keep the structural integrity and avoid floppy feet. It’s not a problem for the baby socks, but might be for bigger ones.
I’ll try to add an action shot if/when I get one. I’m mailing these to my cousin so I’d need her to send pictures.
@AntBee it was a fun pattern. I had a bit of trouble starting the icord on top of the foot and have it look like the pictures provided, but that was the only part that was somewhat confusing. I did it like the pictures and then had to move the stitches from the holder to my circular needle to avoid getting an extra yarn over when starting. Other than that ”trust the pattern” worked. Still, I’d reccomend trying it.
I had to look at the pattern because I was totally hoping that there was a baby to model the feet. And there was. And now I am pleased, even if the baby looked grumpy.
I would have been so happy if someone made these for my (now 10 yo) baby.