Last year, close to Christmas, I could have been knitting tiny ornaments or last minute gifts. But what did I knit instead? Socks! Because I’m a bit obsessed!
While I love Charlene Schurch’s sock bible, Sensational Knitted Socks, I wanted to try a different pattern. None of the patterns in the book called to me so I turned to Ravelry. Because I really should have been knitting other things, I chose to knit ankle socks – so they wouldn’t take as much time.
I finally settled upon Amy Miller’s Jimmies pattern. These looked just too adorable!
Unfortunately, these socks were a problem from the beginning. I even had crazy issues winding the yarn! But I had to re-start these three times! First – the sizing was all wrong for me. I knew 58 stitches wasn’t much – and that was the large – but I even tried 64 and broke a needle trying to fit these over my foot. Out of sheer exasperation, I turned back to Charlene Schurch and cast on my usual number of stitches – 72. And they fit.
Once I got this figured out, the pattern was a joy to knit.
Pattern: Jimmies by Amy Miller
Yarn: Suburban Stitcher Glitter Sock
Colorway: Sweet Adeline
Needles: US 1 dpns
Made for: me!
Time to Completion: 26 days
Since I had to cast-on and re-start these several times, they took longer than I would have liked to knit.
The Suburban Stitcher yarn – with just a bit of sparkly fun – was wonderful to work with, once I got it wound properly (I have no idea what caused the issues I had with this normally simple task.) Sweet Adeline is a beautiful color and this stitch pattern really showed it off without detracting from it.
I absolutely loved this broken seed stitch pattern. It was fun without being difficult. And Miller’s heel instructions were very similar to Schurch’s so I knew what I was doing. At the end, when I tried them on, they fit! Assuming I stay in love with these, I may have to knit a few more pairs. These are the perfect socks for summer!
And now I’ve completed five handknit socks!