My latest office project has been a new pair of socks for Katie, whose pair from last Christmas is getting too snug. I decided to use that single skein of girl-y purple and pink Koigu that has been languishing in stash and pepperknits’ Anastasia Socks pattern. (Katie is nearly 4, so pink and purple could not be more perfect.) It features a lacy spiral motif that helps break up plain stockinette without being too fancy for a handpainted yarn. Here is Sock #1:The proportions look kind of off to me. This is partly because I don’t have Katie’s foot here to fit, and partly because these aren’t blocked (I don’t have child-sized blockers). I decided not to worry about it too much. I think Katie wears her handknit socks to sleep in, so perfect foot fit isn’t critical. I’d rather make them a little too long than too short.
I ended up making the pattern a little more difficult than it actually is. I knit these cuff-down, and I wanted the spiral motif to swirl seamlessly around the leg. The pattern does not do this – it’s written to be knit on 2 circular needles, and when the stripe runs out on one end, it just stops. I kept moving the stitches around so that the spirals could continue uninterrupted on the leg.