Pattern: Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina
(in Magknits September 2005)
Yarn: Opal handpainted, colour 'schwarz-rot-gold'
Needles: 2,5 mm dpn bamboo
This pattern was developed by Grumperina for her sockapal-2-za pal. It was so very interesting to see her documenting the whole process - I had to knit these socks, too. What is more, for the first time, I actually had the yarn in stock the pattern called for. Not that I really care for that, but it looked like fated.
I followed the pattern instructions very closely (knitting the bigger size) and have to say that it is very well written and easy to follow. I am still not happy with the cuff ribbing, though. But I had no other idea and was too eager to go on with the increase/decrease knitting for doing my own research for a better solution. However, do not care about my animosity. I usually have problems with cuffs and ribbings and if you look close, the cuff looks just perfect in Grumperina's pictures.
Want another picture? Look how nice the biased areas embrace the heel. And the heel! Of course, I couldn't stick 100% to the pattern and changed the slip stitch heel into an alternated slip stitch heel (eye of partridge). I had only knit this one in solid colours so far - gosh, I missed all the fun!
Otherwise: I adore the fit of this sock. It has a lovely snug fit that almost reminds me of support stockings. No, wait, they are not that tight. Just perfectly cosy for someone who doesn't like saggy socks. The pattern seems to be perfect for variegated yarn, I haven't seen any strange pooling in the gallery of already finished socks!
I think I don't have to convince anybody to try this pattern: there is already a knit-along. Go there and join!
And yes, that's snow I'm standing on.