Cast-Off February Sock

A few of you have reminded me that I never posted about my completed Kaffe Fasset sock for the February Sockdown on Ravelry.

We were challenged to try a new heel. I choose the Eye of Partridge heel and then ended up making my own modifications so the brilliant Kaffe Fasset colors would ‘pop’ more. BTW, I love, love, love this Regia Kaffe Fasset line! I want to collect all of the dyelots. I knit this pair of socks very quickly because I couldn’t wait to see the next color unfold.

Popping Eye of Partridge Heel (even # sts)
Row 1: Sl 1 purlwise, *k 1, sl 1 knitwise,* repeat from * to * end.
Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, p to last stitch, k 1.
Row 3: Sl 1 purlwise, sl 1 knitwise, *k 1, sl 1 knitwise,* repeat from * to * last 2 sts, k to end.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2Repeat these rows till heel flap is about 2 1/2 in or desired length.

This is definitely my new favorite heel flap! I really like how it looks and will try to incorporate it into my upcoming socks.


Cast Off - January Sockdown

I finished my challenge socks for the January Sockdown Ravelry. Fortunately, they only had to be cast on in January and not actually finished until the end of February. I started them January 26th and finished them February 10th.

PATTERN: BFF Socks by Cookie A.
YARN: Koigu Premium Merino (31655)
NEEDLES: 2.25mm

This pattern was an interesting one to knit and I learned something new - how to do a cable decrease/cable increase. I’m a little disappointed in the fit. I initially frogged one complete sock because I used 2.5mm needles and the resulting sock was too baggy. I thought the cause was the needle size so, accordingly, I went down to a 2.25mm and knit these two socks. The fit is slightly better but still not great.

The pattern increases stitches after the ribbed cuff to accomodate all the cables. It then decreases down at the heel for fewer stitches on the heel/foot. 72sts around my ankle is just too much and it causes the ankle to bag some.

My Conclusion: This is a nice pattern which offers three sizes. I should have gone with the smallest size rather than the medium size.