Pattern: Anastasia Socks by Pepperknit (pattern available on her blog)
Yarn: Koigu KPPM P606
Needles: addi TURBO -US# 1/ 2.5 mm
Date Started: August 16, 2006
Date Finished: December 31, 2006 (11:35 pm!)
I really liked knitting these socks, although you wouldn't know it by the amount of time they laid around waiting to be finished. It was an easy to follow pattern and worked well with variegated yarn.
The original pattern called for two rows of eyelets spiraling around the sock - but I recharted to add a third row.
These were my first toe up socks! It was very nice not to have to seam the toe closed. I used a long tail cast on to cast on to two needles at once. Very easy to use. It did leave a small ridge at the toe, so next time I will try a Figure 8.
The pattern also called for a short row heel - but I used a heel flap. I was nervous about short rows. But since then I've done short rows in another project and will try that on a heel soon. I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn cast off. It was very easy to do and is supposed to be stretchy. It is a little tight going over my heel; otherwise the socks fit pretty good. I don't know yet if there is a better method for binding off the tops of socks. Any suggestions?
The only fiddley part of the project was working the pattern up the sock leg. Because the pattern spiraled I occasionally had to shift my stitches around the needles. But the pattern is simple enough that once you've done a few rows you don't need to refer to it anymore.
If you are looking for a pattern for your variegated yarn - this is great! Many thanks to Pepperknit for sharing! I'll definitely put this on my to do list again.