My third pair of holiday socks are done! It is now looking increasingly likely that I will not finish the remaining three pairs before Christmas (and I may, gulp, have to brave the mall at the last minute), but I will perservere. Overall, these socks (Wedge socks from knit. sock. love.) are clever and I love the way the short rows look in multi colour yarn like this. The socks are worked in a series of short row (back and forth) wedges that give it the garter stitch sections. The beginning of the row is rotated 180 degrees each time you repeat, so that the thin and thick ends of the wedges alternate. I have no idea how Cookie A conceives of inventive ideas like this, but I really like it! It’s hard to find a pattern that works well for multicolour yarn, or one that is as co-ed as this one is.
I did encounter a couple of technical hiccups that I will avoid next time:
1. The garter stitch wedges are really stretchy. I made these in medium and I’m a tight knitter, and they are easily the biggest socks I’ve ever made. Make them at least 1 size smaller than you think you need.
2. When I got to the first toe, I was convinced that I had made a mistake, since the pattern made it seem as though the toe short rows should be worked off-center. I checked ravelry and googled errata, and there is no mention of a typo or mistake in this pattern, so I will assume the mistake was mine. I’m still not sure if the toe short rows are intentionally off-center here or if I made a mistake when rotating the rows (you mark a new beginning of the round at least 8 times in this pattern, so if you make one mistake, it will be translated all the way down). Rather than make myself crazy searching for the source of the problem, I just lined the short rows up with sides of the toe (working the toe across the sole stitches) and they look great. On the second socks, I was much more careful with couting the rotations, but still had the same problem.
3. They absolutely, positively must be blocked. They’re an absolute collapsing mess when they come off your needles.