Father’s Day socks

Father's Day socks 1

I’m not a big sock knitter – I think the combination of having to knit the same pattern twice, and the fact that no one really gets to see the FO when you’re wearing it, plus the fact that you’re usually knitting socks on REALLY tiny needles, all work together to push me toward other projects.  However, I thought that this would be the perfect project for a Father’s Day gift for my dad.

Father's Day socks 2

The yarn is fabulous – Knit Picks Felici Sport (75% super wash merino, 25% nylon) self-striping.  I’m so disappointed that it’s been discontinued!  I was only able to get my hands on two skeins of Ecology colorway through a destash on Ravelry.  I used the Simple Skyp pattern and knit men’s size medium, with a 10″ total foot length and 28 repeats (instead of 24) for the leg length.  I was worried that they would be too big because my dad has smallish feet, but now that they’re done, they fit me pretty well, so now I’m worried that they’ll be too small . . . the yarn and the stitch pattern are both very stretchy though, so I think it will be okay.

Father's Day socks 3

This yarn makes me actually want to knit socks – it’s so soft and squishy, it feels wonderful when you’re knitting it and when you’re wearing it!  Also, to me sport weight is the perfect sock weight – it knits up pretty quickly on US 2s, and it feels substantial without feeling bulky.  I really like the self-striping colors, too – it keeps me from getting too bored.

The only downside is that, if you were knitting any larger size, you’d have to break into a third skein – I finished these up, but with mere yards to spare from the two skeins (165 yds/ea) that I had.

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I like the look and feel of the finished socks, and the skyp pattern provides just enough detail to make them interesting; plus, it gives them some added stretch, without having to knit a rib stitch for the entire sock.  I think it would have looked cool to make the heel and toe a solid color, but I didn’t have any good coordinating sport weight, and certainly none that felt this soft!  Now to see if (a) my dad likes them, and (b) how well they wear . . .

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