River rapids

Being a San Diegan employed in a ridiculously casual office, I almost always wear flip-flops. But thanks to the recent rain, I’ve had to wear real shoes, and therefore I’ve been wearing fun socks. Like the following, which I finished earlier this week:

Pattern: River Rapids Socks (PDF) by Sockbug
Yarn: Dale Baby Ull in color #6714
Needles: US1 Clover DPNs

As I’ve mentioned before, I ended up knitting these at a tighter gauge (8 st/in, to be exact). It’s mostly due to a sizing issue, as the 7.5 st/in specified in the pattern would give me a slightly too large sock. That, and I just didn’t like the fabric I was getting with the looser gauge.

The pattern calls for sport weight yarn; I used fingering weight. I’d probably have to knit the sport weight ridiculously tightly to get the right gauge (as I tend to knit loosely) and besides, I already had the Baby Ull on hand.

The tubular cast on has relaxed a bit with blocking. Even so, I need to go up one needle size when casting on for socks with this method, as it’s not as elastic as I’d prefer.

These are totally my favorite socks to date. Not that I’ve knit all that many pairs, but still. These are certainly the most comfortable pair – the yarn feels lovely on my feet, and other than the fact that they’re just a bit loose around the heel, these socks fit me rather well.

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4 Responses to River rapids

  1. Kristen says:

    Those are beautiful!

  2. Oh my gosh, I like yours so much better than the ones done in the variegated yarn. Great job!

  3. Margie says:

    This is a great pattern. I’ve made two pairs of these. I didn’t use this pattern in either one though. I got a SOTM kit from theknitter.com with one called Turtle Tracks. Same exact stitch pattern. I used Sockotta in a pale green and maize tweed. I call them my summer socks. The second pair I just finished. It’s a Tofutsies pattern called Swirly Girl. I didn’t realize it was so similar until I started knitting the socks. I do have a picture of these on my blog. Search swirly girl. It is based on 9 stitches instead of 8, and 20 rounds instead of 16, but bascially the same exact look.

    I like them a lot. Yours are great in turquoise, my favorite color.

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