Arrrrrrr, ye scurvy FO!

(You did know it was Talk Like A Pirate Day, right?)

Pattern: Monkey

Yarn: Koigu! Lovely KPPPM, in color 814, very nearly all of 2 hanks

Time Elapsed: Oh, I don’t know. Somewhere around a week? They’re a quick sock.

Modifications/Notes: I was very worried about running out of yarn, so I only knit 5 initial lace repeats instead of 6. I’m glad I did, actually, because I’m pretty sure I would have run out. They’re a nice length with 5 repeats, at least for me with Koigu on US2 needles.

Other than that, no modifications. The fabric produced on US2s (at gauge, although I didn’t check beforehand) was a little drapey for socks, I thought. When I knit these again, I think I’m going to go down a needle size and add some extra stitches at the top of the calf to accommodate my gams. I really prefer a snug fit with socks, and although these don’t exactly bag, neither do they grip.

(No Jacob pictures today, by the way–he just wasn’t in the mood. Check out the FO page for the few I captured last week.)

My favorite part about these socks wasn’t the fun and addictive lace pattern, although it was definitely fun and addictive. Rather, I liked the small touches that Cookie put in the pattern that I usually add into patterns myself–picking up an extra stitch on the side of the heel flap to avoid gaps, knitting the picked-up stitches through the back loop to tighten the heel and give that sexy little diagonal detail, and so on. It’s a very carefully written pattern, and it produces very, very nice socks.

Plus, it works well with variegated yarns! I know I have at least one more hank of sock yarn destined to become a pair of Monkeys. A stellar pattern, to be sure.

14 thoughts on “Arrrrrrr, ye scurvy FO!

  1. Nice socks! Perfect fall colors and they look great with those shoes… love the shoes.

    Savvy – I’ve been wanting to use that in a sentance all day…. Working in a law firm just doesn’t lend itself to talking like Johnny Depp.

    Where oh where did you get those shoes?

  2. Lovely socks in lovely yarn!

  3. I love how those came out! I have some Koigu that’s been stashed for a couple of years at least. I was going to make these with some J. Knits I have, but now I’ve changed my mind!

  4. They are lovely! They remind me of tigers, in a very artsy, abstract sort of way. 🙂

  5. Beautiful! Such lovely fall colors… and cute shoes, too (they’re a bit piratey, even)!

  6. I have to say that I love those shoes!!! love the socks too by the way 😉

  7. Great Monkeys! I found that I use US 1.5 dpns/magic loop and they work great. Just tightens them up a tiny bit! I love the perfect fall colors of those monkeys!

  8. How autumnal are your Monkeys! So pretty. Seeing all these pretty monkeys is making me want to cast on.

  9. I’m totally with Sarah….where did those shoes come from?

    The socks are fab, too! The pattern is doing nice things for the variegation!

  10. I love them. The shoes too!

  11. Lovely Monkeys in great Fall colors. And the shoes are adorable. I picked up Magic Loop book at Ellen`s today, I feel I need to catch up on my sock knitting. Your socks are always a great encouragement.

  12. what wonderful socks! so beautiful! and they look simply smashing with those shoes. you have great fashion sense.

    now if i could only gain the confidence to try to make something more than a simple scarf. *sigh* so jealous of your skills!

  13. Hi – I saw a comment that you left on my friend the FemiKnitMafia’s blog. I wanted to email you a question, but I can’t seem to find your email address. If it’s not too much trouble, can you drop me a line at aswiminknits AT yahoo DOT com?

  14. Beautiful socks! But could you also tell us what brand the shoes are? 🙂

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