I’m not very good at KALs, it’s true. But when one of my knitting groups, PurlyGirls, decided to knit Cookie A’s Summer Sox together, I decided to join in. You already got a sneak peek, since they were my chosen project at Stitch & Pitch!
I originally wound this yarn – a Socks That Rock Mediumweight mill end – to knit the Sunshine socks from Cookie’s book, but the yarn was too thick and the socks were going to end up way too big. The Summer Sox have less stitches, so I figured they’d be a better choice.
To tell the truth, I wasn’t a huge fan of this pattern. Sure, it looks nice, but the number of stitches is constantly changing – it’s just something that makes me kind of crazy. In addition the yarnovers on each side are different. One is a purl-to-knit which means it’s extra short, and one is a knit-to-purl which means it’s extra long. These combine to make uneven yarnovers, which was the second thing that drove me crazy about these socks. I even tried modifying the yarnovers to make them more even, but it didn’t really make much of a difference.
On the plus side, the stitch pattern is quite easy to memorize when you get going, so once I committed to knitting the socks they flew by – and since I knit them on 2.5mm needles, they were extra speedy!
If it wasn’t a KAL, I might have given up. But it was, and so I kept on going and finished them at knitting Monday night. Of course, it took until now to get a decent picture of them on the blockers.
Pattern: Summer Sox by Cookie A
Yarn: BMFA Socks That Rock Mediumweight – not sure what color this was supposed to be, maybe a too-purple version of Midsummer’s Night?
I’m glad I’ve managed to complete yet another pair of socks, and that I got to do it with so many of my knitting friends. And, although they weren’t my favorite to knit, I’m sure I’ll enjoy wearing them!