I used the Walking on the Wild Tide colorway in BMFA’s new Silkie Socks that Rock (April RSC shipment). I love how this yarn feels “cool” as opposed to wool’s “warm.” It’s not as sproingy as regular STR, but it knits well and wasn’t splitty.
Personally, this colorway is a bit too dark for the pattern, I think a solid or semi-solid will work much better. Both the spirals on the sock legs and the stripes on the instep turned out well. However, in certain lights, the neutral colors (which appear gray or taupe here) merged in ways that didn’t appeal to me—mostly it reminded me of squid or zombie flesh… yuck.
I started with the M/L size and used smaller needles for a slightly tighter gauge for the cuff section. In the middle of the third repeat, I decreased 4 stitches, and then at the last row of this same repeat, I decreased another 3 more. This gave me the number of stitches (plus 1) for the S size. I left that extra stitch because I wanted to continue the ribs down the instep. (Another way to accomplish this would be to shift one stitch around from the sole section.)
The ribbed cuff is only three rows; I wanted the highly defined edge that results from the chevron shaping. It does curl a little bit, garter stitch might have been better. Instead of using the standard gusset decrease (K2tog and SSK), I used P2tog.¤ It’s a nice complement to the rib columns.
Here’s a peek at the wrong side of this pattern, which fascinated me. I almost prefer the striping in reverse stockinette over the stockinette. What do you think?
Pattern: “May Day Socks” by Anniken Allis Size: Women’s medium Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silkie Socks that Rock, Walking on the Wild Tide Needles: Various brands and lengths, US 1 (2.25mm) and 1.5 (2.5mm) DPNs Started: May 2, 2007 Completed: May 11, 2007
*see Vogue Knitting “Make one: version B,” third picture (page 39) or Montse Stanley’s Knitter’s Handbook, “Strand Increase,” purl instructions (page 111).
¤(round starts at mid-heel) K to last 2 sole stitches, P2tog, work instep pattern, P2tog, and knit to end of round.