Tuesday, December 6, 2011

PuddleJumper Socks - a pattern for sale

For a lot of last year and a good deal more of this one I've obsessed about the perfect socks - aka the socks for which I could:
memorize the pattern
not need a stitch marker
be able to stop at any of four different needles when called upon on walk off a subway car or down the stairs of a bus without losing my place, and
not go crazy from not being able to see obvious signs of progress
(because it takes me two months to find time to finish the average pair of socks.)

 

Oh! and I didn't want the actual sock to be saggy at the back of my ankle.  I don't know why I should care about that but I do.


I really wanted to know where to mark the leg and foot so I wouldn't mess up with one sock being longer in either of those areas than the other, which kept happening to me.

I really, really wanted to have all the information I needed for all of the sock on a tidy, compact piece of paper (or series of same) that I could slip into my bag and cart around for all occasions.

And as the proud owner of a ridiculous amount of self-striping sock yarn, I especially wanted the pattern to do something cool with stripes.


Now, there are a lot of great patterns out there for stripey socks, but none of them quite met all of my needs.  Figuring out my dream stitch took a couple of months, and I got so used to ripping out my efforts and starting over that I nearly did the same with this one until I realized that the funny wave I got after one repeat of the lace pattern turned into a super fun asset after three of them.  I'm so glad I kept going.


Don't they look just like kids' rainboots, even inside actual boots?  Like the kind with the handles to pull them up by, I mean.


I love these socks.  I feel so cheery every time I wear them, even on gloomy rainy days - and with rain in the spring and the fall, who doesn't want that?



PuddleJumper Socks

Included:
Both written pattern and charts
Full directions plus a cheatsheet to cut out and carry in your bag
Tips (with photographs) on how to minimize holes while picking up gusset stitches
Step-by-step Kitchener stitch instructions for grafting toes shut

Difficulty Level:
Intermediate

Materials:
Knitterly Things’ Vesper Sock (100% superwash merino, 428 yds/100g), 1 skein sufficient for most foot sizes
(if you have both a long and wide foot, consider adding a contrast colour for ribbing, heel flap/turn, and toe)
2.25mm set of 5 double pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge
safety pins to mark rows, if desired
darning needle

Gauge:
34 sts, 46 rows = 4” in stocking st 
38 sts, 46 rows = 4” in pattern st

Sizing:
Instructions are given for adult sizes Medium and Large, the larger in brackets. 
Foot: 7.5 (8.5)”  circumference
(Medium stretches to fit comfortably on 8” foot)
Length: 8.5” from heel base to cuff centre back

Pattern Cost:
$4.00 US

1 comment:

Tammy said...

I CAN't WAIT to knit these!!! I may just have to start them along with my Christmas knitting :)

Thanks for another GREAT pattern. You have such a wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing.