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While totally avoiding working on the Aviation Socks, these were my mindless socks for knit nights and car rides. I had about 80 grams of blue Trekking XXL left over from knitting socks for Michael, back in.. um.. 2008. Combined with some other leftovers, they're now socks for me! We'll be able to tell them apart because his don't have the scrappy bits.

I used every last yard of three different XXL leftovers, and had to dip into some Heritage Paints leftovers to finish off the last few rows of the toes. That yarn matches the one I used for the cuffs pretty well, so I'm not mad about it. The purplish heels don't exactly coordinate, but I don't mind.

The pattern is my own Sibling Socks, written in two sizes and available for free.

A pair of softly striped, ribbed socks, mostly in blue. The cuffs and toe-tips are greeny--brown and the heels have a tint of purple.

A closeup of the heel flap and gusset on a ribbed sock.

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A long time ago I had the idea to design a trilogy of socks with twisted stitches, and to name them for cocktails. I knit the Boulevardier Socks in 2018, the Sapphire Martini socks in - well, I started them in 2018, knit an entire sock very much too small, got frustrated, started over again while I was unemployed in early 2020, and finished the pair in 2021.

I cast on for the Aviation Socks right after... but here we are, a year after that, and I'm just finishing up the first sock.

It's not that they're hard to knit - they're not! I don't know what the problem is. I really like how they look, and obviously this one fits me (that's my foot in the picture!) so that's not my concern. Am I procrastinating on the knitting because I'm planning to publish the patterns and I'm nervous about how they'll be received? Maybe so. How silly of me.

A nearly complete purple sock with a fancy twisted rib design is modeled on a foot, with toes peeking out of the unfinished end.

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It has been a while, huh? Where did I leave off... ah yes, wintertime. I knit these totally mindless socks at knit night, in the car, and while sitting through countless meetings at work. As usual, I made sure to match the stripes up.

A pair of stripy socks in various shades of blue is modeled on a pair of feet. The stripes match perfectly from one sock to the other.

The yarn was a deep dive into my stash from 2008. It's Lang Yarns Jawoll Aktion Color in the amazingly-named colourway "0233", and it was just a standard sock knit: 64 stitches, 20 rows of cuff, 36 rows of heel, and a spiral toe down to 20 total stitches.

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These socks have been an absolute journey. My first attempt was too small, and I didn't realize it until after I'd knit down past the heel. My second attempt, after recharting the skull and crossbones section to have eight more stitches in it, was upside down - and I still wasn't happy with my fine gauge colourwork on DPNs. (Uneven. Puckery. Not nice.)

I gave up, put the chart into Designaknit, sent it to the knitting machine, and cranked out the cuffs in no time at all. The rest of the socks I knit by hand, because miles of stockinette is perfect for knit nights, car rides, and hanging out with Mom.

The pattern is Buccaneer's Booty and the red and blue yarns are both Lang Jawoll, a gift from my friend Ky. I love the subtle shading in them. Thanks, Ky!

A pair of red socks with blue toes and heels, and a band of skulls and crossbones at the cuff.

I subbed in Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato Heel for the short-row heel in the original pattern. I like how it fits and I adore the look of the dark blue wedges on the red sock. I also added an extra bit of striping at the toe to more closely match the stripe at the cuff.

The heel is made up of three wedges of blue on the red background of the sock.

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I forgot to write about these socks, but I finished them about a month ago. Oops! After the second time the Pirate Socks went wrong, I angrily cast on this simple pair of socks so that I could knit something that would come out right.

It's a standard 64-stitch sock, with 2x2 ribbing at the cuff, and the flap heel/gusset that I've worked out to fit the shape of my foot. The yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Colortweed, which I bought in (yikes) 2007 when I was first getting into sock knitting - an oldie but a goodie, and I'm glad to have gotten it out of my stash!

The "Got the Blues" socks, knit in gradiated shading stripes of dark to light blue.

I like to make my stripy socks as much of a matched pair as possible. For these, I knit until the leg was "long enough" and then started the heel flap at a convenient reference point: the first stitch of the darkest blue part of the colour progression. The heel flap and turn didn't use an entire stripe, so after the heel turn, I broke the yarn and skipped ahead in the colour sequence. That way, the picked-up gusset stitches would again begin with that darkest blue, and the sequence wouldn't break across my ankle. I also made a note of where I started the toe decreases so that they'd match perfectly at the ends.

Et voilà:

Pirate's feet modeling the "Got the Blues" socks, knit in gradiated shading stripes of dark to light blue.

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After my first attempt at the Pirate Socks came out too small, I recharted the skull & crossbones section to 72 stitches, made a plan to increase and decrease around the colourwork, and began again.

In the few hours between the end of work and our first in-person knit night since last March, I hurried to get the colourwork section done so that I could just knit the plain stockinette leg of the sock while chatting and sipping scotch.

There's just one problem...

The cuff of a sock with a skull and crossbones motif.

I knit them upside-down.

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The second pair of socks in the Twisted Trilogy is (finally) done!

This one is knit over 72 stitches, because that's how the pattern and my gauge worked out. I'd like to try to figure out how to fit it into 64, so I can offer the pattern in two sizes, but I'm not seeing a way to do that neatly. Ah well.

Two bright blue socks stretched over blockers on a wood background. The socks have a twisted stitch ribbing pattern running all the way up the foot and leg.

Originally I'd planned the third pair to be bright green, but I think I'm going with purple instead. I've got the stitch pattern all charted out and it's ready to get started, though I should probably finish some other projects first.

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I bought this yarn a long time ago, knit half of it into a Jaywalker sock, realized that the sock was too small, put the whole thing in time-out for years and years, and... well, why not just re-skein it and knit some plain stockinette socks that are sure to fit? I need mindless projects for knit night, anyway.

A pair of handknit socks in stripes of pinks and grays.

As always, I try to make the stripes on my socks match up. Sometimes that's tricky when the stripes are very wide and the repeat is long, but fortunately there was enough yarn to make it work here.

Austermann Step, 64 stitches, size US 1/2.25mm needles.

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I've had the Buccaneer's Booty Socks pattern in my queue since, no joke, 2008. That is a long, long time to want to knit a pair of socks without actually knitting them. So...

The cuff of a handknit sock, with a skull-and-crossbones motif in white on a blue background. There are red and white stripes setting off the section with the skulls.

There's just one problem: The colourwork section is too tight to get over my ankle. And I've already knit down to well past the heel. (I swapped in a Sweet Tomato Heel for the short-row heel as written, but that's not relevant if I can't get the sock over my foot!)

I'm thinking I'll pick up stitches just below the skulls-and-crossbones, snip off the cuff that I knit, and work it again from the bottom up... with more stitches in the colourwork than before.

Hrmph.

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Over a decade ago, I excitedly bought a skein of Kureyon sock yarn and cast on for a stupid idea: I split the yarn in half, wound each half into a cake, and tried to knit from both ends of the ball at the same time, alternating every five rows.

A ball of Noro Kureyon Sock yarn in purples and greens.

I'd made a stripey striped scarf out of regular Kureyon yarn and loved it, and wanted to keep going with that theme.

A stripy scarf in progress, with four skeins of gradient yarn in every colour sitting on top of it.

Unfortunately, the sock yarn wasn't nearly as much fun to knit with as the thicker Kureyon was, and I got 1.3 socks into the project before putting it aside. (I noted at the time, "I hate this yarn and I am really glad I didn’t buy any more of it. The colors are wonderful. I love the striping effect. I can’t stand knitting it." Plus, flipping the ball of yarn over every five rounds was a tangly pain in the neck.

This year I decided that I was finally going to finish that pair of socks. I took them out - still on my trusty old bamboo needles! - and added a stripe here, a stripe there, hating the yarn just as much, loving the first sock just as much. It would be worth pushing through, I told myself. I tried on the first sock and it fit perfectly! So I counted its stripes and knit the same number of stripes on the second sock.

One of the reasons that I hated the yarn in the first place was that it was so inconsistent in its thickness. You can kind of see on the first sock how much thicker it was getting at the ribbing, but I didn't notice because that made it conveniently a little larger around my calf. But then when I started the toe on the second sock, it was with that thicker part of the yarn... and it just got more and more so as I went. Which I didn't realize until I tried them on, and then took a picture of one on top of the other.

Two stripey socks, one of them finished, one of them almost finished and still on the needles.

Heck.

The second sock is bigger in every way. It's wider, taller, thicker... I haven't even knit the ribbing for the cuff, and already the leg is longer than the first sock. With the same number of stripes. And while it's possible that my gauge has changed over the last decade, I knit the start of this sock right after I finished the first one. So that's not even an excuse.

Maybe I'll just put this yarn away for another decade.

Two differently sized striped socks.

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