Friday, January 30, 2009

FO: Sassy Stripes Socks

These socks were one of those projects which you really hate but you keep knitting it anyway. You know that feeling? Anyway, it turned out that a week before Christmas my mom saw them and loved them. Alas, the poor, ugly, sassy socks found their purpose in life: to be my mom's Christmas present.

yarn details
Moda Dea Sassy Stripes in "Rave"
100% acrylic
DK weight
machine wash cool and tumble dry low
50 grams/152 yds @ $3.95 each

pattern details
pattern: "Knit Socks - LM0131" by Grace Alexander (free)
needles: size 5
size: medium
yarn used: just under 2 skeins, 268 yards
time: Feb. - Dec. 08
total cost: about $8

  • I loved the colors in this yarn at first, but the more I kept knitting, the more obnoxious they got. I especially hate the variegated part. Also - the 100% acrylic was just nasty.
  • The thing I didn't like about these socks was that they made my ankles look fat. I know that sounds silly, but that's how it looked!
  • In the future I'll avoid knitting all ribbed socks on such large needles - I also think a longer heel flap might have helped a bit. Live and learn.


  1. Did you follow the pattern to the letter? Specifically, after dividing for the heel, did you cut the yarn? I can't for the life of me figure out why you would cut it...I knit a pair of these a few years ago- not the best fitting socks in the world. I would use the yarn again, but only to do boot socks for my son (and maybe for me). I would just use a generic sock pattern and tweak it to my feet.

  2. Yeah, I broke the yarn like it said. I think the general idea was to make sure the stripe pattern would be continued along the gusset and the top of the sock, but the stripes are so random looking anyway, it probably wasn't necessary. In hindsight, I should have tweaked it - since you're right, it's mostly a terrible generic pattern!