Finally, I'm working on some socks for my friend Heidi. When I first decided to knit these, I had trouble finding a pattern I wanted to use. Which is kind of crazy, considering I just wanted something basic, and there are over 13,500 sock patterns to choose from on Ravelry alone! Usually, my favorite pattern to fall back on for gift socks is Priscilla's Dream Socks, because it is so adaptable. But this time I wanted something with a little more detail, but still not too fancy. For one thing, through knitting patterns such as Cookie A's Monkey socks, and Grumperina's Jaywalkers, I've learned that socks with some ribbing or cables on the foot usually have a little more elasticity than plain stockinette socks, and therefore a better fit. But I couldn't decide if Heidi would want socks with such an elaborate pattern either.
Now, here we are in July, her birthday month, and I've come up with what I hope will be a lovely compromise:
|Heidi's socks with Hollyhock blossoms from my dye garden.|
I am using the Daylong Socks pattern as a guide to end up with princess soles, but I added a cable for a little more visual interest. The added excitement came as I turned the heel, and remembered that the Daylong Socks "princess sole" is made by turning them inside out and reversing the direction of the knitting. Which meant I needed to continue the cable backwards! Thankfully, it wasn't too difficult to do just that. I hope to finish by Friday when I can tell you all you ever wanted to know about backwards cabling.
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