My last FO Friday was at the end of May and it was the completion of my Vanilla Socks. Today I bring you another pair of socks: Eat Your Monkey Socks!
|Eat Your Monkey Socks (project page)|
Pattern: Monkey Socks by Cookie A
Time Frame: started November 29, 2012; finished June 15, 2013
Yarn: MCN Fingering from Sun Valley Fibers
Needles: US #1.5 (2.25 mm) - two circulars...32" I think but they may only be 24"
Modifications: I made the small size on slightly larger needles. I started out with the small size on US #1 needles and they were too tight so I ripped them out and started the small size on US #1.5 needles with hopes that I wouldn't have to go down to US #0 needles and CO the large size. Luckily, the small size on the US #1.5 needles worked. I only did five pattern repeats on the leg because (1) I would have run out of yarn and (2) they wouldn't have fit on my calf if I had made them longer. I changed the heel flap to the Eye of Partridge heel (from Hermione's Everyday Socks) and did a Double Gusset Heel Decrease. The foot had six pattern repeats (per the length of my foot)...which isn't a modification; I'm just sharing. I also did my toe decreases a little differently. I started on needle #1 (the needle that holds the stitches that go on the bottom of your foot) and did a K2tog, knit to last two sts, ssk and did the same on needle #2 followed by a round of plain knitting. I worked until I could "close" the end of my toe...which left me 28 sts on my needles and then I Kitchenered them together.
Thoughts: I really like these socks. They fit me perfectly, first of all. The pattern is really easy to memorize and read so I didn't screw up too much if I lost my place. The only thing I didn't like was that I only had a couple choices for sizes and if neither of them worked......well, I'm glad that I read a few of the helpful notes from other Ravelers. Many of them said they went up to US #1.5 needles for a better fit. I was really hoping I wouldn't be working these on US #0 needles... I think if I make them again, I'll try the "no-purl" version (which is not a Cookie A pattern but it's basically the same thing without the purls).
Something else that I love about these socks is the fact that Jeanette (the purveyor of Sun Valley Fibers) once told me she doesn't know how to make self-striping yarn. I call SHENANIGANS on that because this yarn stripes very well. Maybe not perfectly but it does stripe.
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