FO: Purple Striped Socks

Pattern: Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock (Mediumweight)
Needles: US 1

That’s right, FO Friday 3 weeks in a row. Don’t hold your breath that there will be one next week. I’m plumb out of finished projects and not knitting much right now.



Let me start the project review with this. These are the best fitting socks I have ever knit for me to date. That’s right. Best. Ever. I don’t know if it’s the pattern, the gauge, the yarn, my screw ups, or a rare aligning of the planets, but I really like the fit of these socks. That’s not to say that my other socks don’t fit. In fact, Skew kicks ass on fit. It’s just these really, really work.

I suspect it’s the pattern. It’s just a really good pattern—simple and easy to understand. Of course, I need to add a caveat.


Are you checking out my caveat?

I didn’t like how the pattern did the heels. I prefer having knit 1 slip 1 on the back of my heel. Maybe it’s because that’s how I’ve always done it or maybe it’s an irrational belief that it will create a thicker fabric and thus not wear as much. Whatever it is, I decided to do the type of heel I liked. Except (and there’s always that pesky except), it didn’t work out right to the pattern. I needed an extra stitch and had to rework a couple things. If you look at the picture, you can see that the gusset is smaller than the width of my heel. I don’t know if that’s normal, but it’s much smaller than on all my other socks. That said, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

Again I’ve used Socks that Rock because I have a ton from several yarn fumes-induced craziness at Rhinebeck. That happens a lot. I’m not in love with Socks that Rock despite the aforementioned fume craziness, but I do like how it stripes and it’s a good, solid yarn. Although, saying that it’s a solid yarn is much like saying that homely girl over there has good birthing hips. It’s nice, but it’s not as nice as it seems. Of course, both thisand Skew really are beautiful because of the striping from Socks that Rock, so I’m very happy. Although Makoto uses Socks that Rock, the striping isn’t really there, but then, it’s a subtle colorway and a different type of pattern.


I have good birthing heels.


3 thoughts on “FO: Purple Striped Socks

  1. Really cute, not seen any sock patterns ribbed right through before. Having sorted out gauge, I kept being too loose and was using the smallest needles, I’m knitting my first sock. I’ve not worked on dpns throughout a piece before, and it’s kinda weird

    • Thanks! Good luck on your first socks. Dpns take time to get used to. I just started trying the magic loop method which uses a circular needle and I like that more.

      • I’ve currently set them aside to crochet my best friend some slipper socks. I wanted to knit her some with a custom fit, but found 4mm dpns really clumsy on the fiddly heel shaping, so instead went with a familiar pattern

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