Chevron in Squoosh
"Okay weez, only dogs can hear you now..."
Say that about a dozen times in a high-pitched squeal, and that's about what it was like to knit these socks!
I give! Not a lot, but I give!
Short 'n Sweet
It's got some give thanks to the purls, but Chevron, it ain't the stretchiest pattern in the world. I didn't want a baggy cuff, though, so I cast on 60 stitches, did some 1x1 rib, then knitted Row 2 of the stitch pattern and threw in some M1s to get the stitch count for the leg up to 66. Did my usual EoP heel flap and slightly wider heel/toe, and that was it!
The socks are nice and snug, but comfortable and easy to slide over the heel. A perfect fit, yay! And Chevron works fabulously with this self-striping colorway. Pretty sure the sun, moon, and dogstar were in a perfect isosceles triangle, too, because the stripes actually match up. *shock!*
This Vesper came to me from a destash and oh, it is all kinds of fabulous. Soft, squooshy, the kind of yarn you want to knit with forever.
And not superwash. Crap.
Naturally, I found that out after the socks were done. When the Vesper I ordered from her shop arrived last week, it was in a noticeably different base yarn. Hopped online (loves me the Internets), did a little research, and discovered this Vesper - which I'd received sans ballband - was one of her original skeins. It's merino, but not superwash.
Had I known that ahead of time, I'd have used this for a scarf or something less likely to felt! *sigh* Oh well. They're done now, and they feel soooo soft and luscious on, I'm just gonna fugeddaboutit and wear them. If they felt, they felt!
It's an original.
And look how pretty! Such gorgeous colors, bright and fun! I've heard mention of uneven dye, but the colors in this skein were steady throughout (the only white spots were in the color jump between turquoise and orange, and it was in the same place throughout the skein). Despite the strong colors, there was virtually no tint left in the soak (whee!), and minimal pilling afterwards.
The "new" Vesper is superwash with a different twist. I hope it can live up to the original, 'cause this will be one hard act to follow!
Wrap it up
I do wish the chevrons were a little more pronounced, but other than that, I love these socks! Bright, happy, pretty, easy to knit, and a dream to wear. A lovely way to erase the debacle that was Fla... Fla... gee, I hardly remember them anymore...
Pattern: Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: Vesper Sock (original, non-superwash) in Midnight Knitter
Needles: HiyaHiya size 1, 32"
Mods: 1x1 rib cuff with less stitches, added Row 2 right after cuff with M1s to increase up for leg, EoP heel flap, slightly wider heel and toe