Thursday 29 July 2021

Just Checking In Socks - your perfect summer knit!

Looking for a new project for the summer holidays? Look no further! The Just Checking In Socks are here!

The Just Checking In Socks might look fancy, but they are actually really simple! The socks use a simple method involving a little bit of surface crochet or chain-stitch embroidery that requires minimal effort for maximum effect. Hate sewing and crochet? I’ve also included instructions on how to add the stripes using a simple intarsia technique.

The pattern is written for seven sizes, with finished circumferences ranging from 13 cm (5.25 in) to 28 cm (11.25 in). The socks should be worn with approximately 2.5 cm (1 in) of negative ease.

The socks are knitted from the cuff down, starting with a 1 x 1 ribbed cuff, and have a familiar heel flap and gusset construction, with a slipped stitch heel flap for reinforcement. The foot length of the socks is adjustable to fit, and the socks are finished with a Kitchener-free toe (perfect if you’re like me and can’t concentrate on Kitchener stitch if there’s too much background noise!).

The horizontal stripes are created as the sock is knitted, with purl columns. Once you’ve finished knitting the sock, you use surface crochet or embroidery to add the vertical stripes. If you prefer, you can add the vertical stripes as you knit using basic intarsia.

The pattern is written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted using either the magic-loop technique, short circulars or DPNs, depending on your individual preference. The pattern also features helpful hints for beginners.

What colour will your first pair be?

Ready to cast on now? You can get the pattern on Ravelry* or PayHip, and if you use the code STRIPE you’ll get 15% off (valid until 11.59pm BST, Thursday 5th August 2021).

*Ravelry link. May cause issues for people with photosensitivity; proceed with caution

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