Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dad's Waffle Rib Christmas Socks

I knit my dad a pair of Christmas socks two years ago, and then last year I switched it up and made him a pair of knit gloves instead. This year, he kindly requested another pair of socks.

I like it when people request specific DIY things, because that means they will definitely love and wear them. When I take a guess at what people might want, I worry that they won't wear the gift or use it.

Pattern: Waffle Rib Sock by Carolyn (Jill) Ferneau
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Fresco Y Seco

I decided to go with a superwash after making my dad a pair of socks a few years ago that were NOT superwash. He didn't want to handwash them, so he machine washed them and they got all fuzzy. He says he still wears them (not sure I believe that!), but from now on I'm only gifting superwash socks.

I've made a couple of pairs of these socks, and they're quickly becoming my go-to. (See Alex's Waffle Rib Socks and my Whales Road Waffle Rib Socks. They use the same pattern as this one.) This yarn seems to give a lot more stitch definition than the others, though. I'm curious to see what they look like after Dad washes them.

Lately I've been really digging the Eye of Partridge-style heel. It's the heel where you alternate the slipped stitch on each row, and it creates this cool texture.

I'm still working on a few other late Christmas gift stragglers. Sigh. How about you?

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