Sorry I've been MIA!
I always have a little existential crisis around my Birthday and question all my life choices and the direction of my business. It's a tradition.
I have made time, in the midst of all my brooding, to cast on a fantastic pair of lace Summer Socks. The pattern I'm using is Arabesque Socks by Jessica Gore.
This pattern is super fun! I usually tend to leave my socks on the back burner (figuratively) but these guys were so entertaining I couldn't put them down. There's enough stockinette that they whip up pretty quickly and it's satisfying to watch the lace take shape while working on the long, straight sections.
The pattern includes directions for working toe up and cuff down magic loop style. There are written and charted instructions for the lace panel. There are also instructions for a patterned heel or a heel flap with a gusset. And it comes in three different sizes. It's a pretty bitchin' pattern.
The yarn I used is KnitPicks Stroll Glimmer in the colorway Frost. It's 70% Fine Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon and 5% Stellina. Stroll is a super soft yarn but it does have a tendency to stretch out and pill. I usually work cuffs on my Stroll socks with a little elastic thread to keep them from falling down.
My only qualm with this pattern is that even after measuring my tootsies AND knitting and blocking my gauge swatch they turned out too small! I did the Medium size with 8&3/4" circumference in a size 8(US) following the instructions to work 3 lace pattern reps before the gusset increases and; too small! I have pretty skinny little feets but I can't even fit the cuff of these socks over my heel.
It's not a huge smokin' deal since I'm sure I'll find someone with extra tiny feet who'll want to wear these beauties, but it does mean I'll have to make another pair for myself in Large.
I definitely recommend this pattern, it's really fun! Just enough twists and turns to keep you entertained and a healthy amount of stockinette so they knit up quickly. Make sure to get an accurate gauge swatch and if you're using magic loop, try them on as much as possible while you work so you can be sure to get the right size.
Let me know what you think! And feel free to share what you've been working on this Summer in the comments!
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