The third pair of socks for the year are off the needles!! I finished my Harvest Dew socks a couple of weeks ago and am so pleased with how they turned out. I'm also glad that I finally got around to knitting this pattern (it sat in my queue for years), it was such a fun knit! And surprisingly fast too. Even though I was knitting on other projects, like the Cheesecake socks and Exploration Station, I had managed to whip up these socks in a little over two weeks. I firmly believe the soothing elongated stitch pattern is the reason why they worked up so quickly. Oh, and having inlaws visit for a weekend to
My favourite detail is the top of the instep, where the stitch pattern decreases to a solo elongated stitch:
I'm happy to report that casting on more stitches than called for in the pattern for the cuff, and then decreasing to the amount needed to work the stitch pattern was a really good call on my part. Not only is the cuff comfortable to wear, but it doesn't dig into my leg and threaten to cut off my circulation.
Aside from changing the ribbing, I also had to change the heel flap. In the instructions the designer has both the cuff and heel flap follow a 3x1 ribbing pattern, but since I did a 2x2 rib for the cuff I decided to go with the standard heel flap (sl1, k1). I don't think it looks bad and I don't think you can really tell the difference, cause face it, no one is paying attention to the heel and cuffs when you've got such beautiful yarn and the textured stitches stealing the show.
I only had one very slight issue with these socks, one that I didn't think about until I started the foot, and that was how the foot detail was going to work out on my small feet. I wear a size US 6 (UK 4/EU 36-37) and so to make the design fit I had to start the chart for the instep immediately after the gusset decreases and then start the toe decreases right after the last round of the chart. It's no big deal and I'm glad I thought about it before I was too far into the foot, so I didn't have to do any ripping back. But definitely something to think about if you've got really small feet. Had I knit these before I was pregnant with the Kiddo and the design wouldn't have looked as nice (my feet back then was a size and a bit smaller...no one warned me that pregnancy can make your feet grow and never shrink back).
The height of these socks are about an inch or two shorter than I normally make my socks and so I have a fair amount of yarn leftover. With the recent flood of baby announcements I'm thinking of knitting a pair of Rocky pants by Tin Can Knits. I have enough yarn to knit the smallest pair and I would love to see this yarn in stockinette form. As beautiful as the textured pattern is for Harvest Dew, which is great for variegated colourways, I really enjoyed watching the colours stack up, uninterrupted, on the soles. It's so gorgeous!
Although I really liked knitting Harvest Dew, I most likely won't knit another pair. My brain has concluded that I've made it, it's time to move onto the next pattern. But I would like to explore using the elongated stitch pattern again. I think it would make for a lovely little detail on the yoke of a cardigan, or maybe even as the cuff to a pullover?
Why can't there be more hours in the day??
:: Sock Details ::
Pattern: Harvest Dew
Yarn: Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn Comfort Sock
Colour: Muchier Muchness
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Fixed Circulars in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Harvest Dew