I promised you a finished object, so it’s time to deliver. Last Sunday I completed my Black and Blue Ribs Socks.
They were knitted in Trekking XXL sock yarn in color 35. Trekking XXL is one of my very favorite sock yarns. It’s a workhorse yarn that wears really well. It’s a bit thinner than most fingering-weight sock yarns, so I usually knit it up on 2.25 mm needles instead of my usual 2.5 mm, and I cast on 80 stitches instead of 72. I’m always amazed at sock knitters who cast on only 64 or even 56 stitches. They must have very narrow feet and tiny calves, or perhaps they knit their socks at a much larger gauge than I do. I like my socks to be 8.5-9.5 stitches per inch, so 64 stitches just won’t do. But I digress.
Trekking XXL comes in a huge variety of great colorways, and I have never been disappointed with how a Trekking colorway knitted up until I made these socks. I had no idea when I bought this yarn that it would knit up in a “camo” pattern. I don’t like the camouflage look, and I was really disappointed when I realized this colorway is camo because I love the combination of blue, black, and gray. I was expecting more of a striping pattern, but instead, I got this.
The stitch pattern is a simple Shadow Rib pattern, which is one of my very favorite patterns for socks. It looks good in almost any yarn, solid, tonal, semi-solid, patterned, self-striping, or hand-dyed. And it’s easy to knit, but interesting. I started with a 2 x 2 ribbed cuff, then worked the Shadow Rib pattern. The heel flap is Eye of Partridge. I worked the gusset decreases on the sole of the foot again,
but I reversed the shaping, switching k2tog for ssk and vice versa, because I was curious as to how it would look.
I must admit that I really, really like knitting the gusset decreases on the sole. It looks nice, and the fit is fantastic.
Be sure to check out FO Friday on Tami’s blog.