Tuesday, October 1, 2013

FO: BFF Socks



Pattern: BFF Socks by Cookie A. from Knit. Sock. Love.

Yarn: Top Cat MCN from Wandering Cat Yarns in "Sandalwood" colourway

Needle Size: US 1 (2.25 mm)

Modifications: After decreasing to 40 sts at the toes, I worked every round as a decrease round to 24 sts and then grafted for rounder toes.

Comments: I've knit the second smallest size - cast on 64sts, increase to 80 sts for the leg - and they've come out a perfect smallish size. In fact, they can be stretched over medium or larger feet but I think the socks look nicer if the ribbing isn't pulled too widely apart. Amazing how the cables compact the fabric! At this size I've used 87 grams of yarn; if you're considering this pattern at a larger size make sure you've got the necessary yardage!

The pattern is pretty straight forward and made for some good mindless knitting through the last few stressful weeks, but there are some really clever increases and decreases hidden at the beginning and end of each column of cables which make the transition from the pattern to plainer knitting flat and smooth. Very clever!

It may come as a surprise that I chose a cabled pattern after complaining about cables and socks just a few weeks ago - I'll admit I surprised myself - but I was yearning for a more tailored style sock. Besides cables aren't nearly as bad across 4 sts rather than 8 sts, and in a cashmere blend fingering weight yarn rather than a rustic sport weight yarn.

Linda tried on the first sock right after I turned the heel so I'm hoping I've measured correctly. If anything these might be just a little bit too long. Somehow it's hard for me to imagine that anyone really has feet that tiny! If they're too big I'm prepared to rip out the toes and rip back one pattern repeat on the insteps to restarting the toes sooner. But fingers crossed that I don't need to!

8 comments:

Dee said...

Linda is one lucky lady. Those socks are REALLY pretty!

Renee Anne said...

Gorgeous!

Kepanie said...

If you ever hanker for another BFF, I wouldn't mind a pair of these socks ;O). Just sayin'...
These are fa-bu-lous.

Evelyn said...

Love these!

Jane Walker said...

I laughed out loud when I read "mindless knitting" while looking at the picture of all those detailed tiny cables - for YOU maybe because you are sock goddess. Lovely as always.

Elisabeth Andrée said...

These socks are one of my favorites, beautiful!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

They turned out great!

Linda T said...

Thank you Lynn. As I sit here in my study working on my doctorate, my feet are warm and comfortable :)