Caribbean socks


I remember the days when I swore I’d never knit socks ever again.  They are long gone. The Mr loves a hand knit sock.  So much so that you can’t let him near a yarn shop unaccompanied.  We called into my LYS last week for a circular cable and a spool of sewing thread and spent £19.  Two large balls of sock yarn had somehow found their way into the basket.

Apparently his concern was that a couple of nights previously I’d had no knitting to do until I’d acquired said cable.  He couldn’t leave me without any knitting, could he.  What sort of a husband would he be!?!?

Yeah…right! 😉

Thankfully, I did finish the Caribbean socks just in time for Valentine’s day.  More good luck than good judgement I can assure you.

Jawoll magic

The yarn, you may recall, is Jawoll Magic.  It’s a bit of a pest to knit.  It’s kinda puffy, I suspect due to the nylon content, so I found it a bit snaggy on the needles.  That said, I used bamboo needles that were a little past their sell-by date so they won’t have helped.

Why yes, those stripes are perfectly matched!  How kind of you to notice!

Why yes, those stripes are perfectly matched! How kind of you to notice!

I would knit this again, but only because I’ve treated myself to some KnitPro Karbonz for sock knitting.

Image: Meadow Yarn

Image: Meadow Yarn

I’m not usually a fan of anything other than wood as I like quiet knitting, but I think for socks, the dpns take too much of a bashing and I need smooth.  I’ve got another pair of socks on theses needles as I speak.  One that is equally puffy and pesky.  It’s a joy.  These needles are divine…and not overly clicky!  I’m seriously contemplating replacing all my needles with them.

The colours are wonderful.  The greys make the aqua and blue really pop!

The colours are wonderful. The greys make the aqua and blue really pop!

The pattern, as always, is my favourite vanilla sock pattern from Regia.  You can find it free on Ravelry here.

Apologies for the crinkles...I've been trying to get a photo of these for weeks but had to hide them from him when he went back to London.  these are freshly dried but not blocked!

Apologies for the crinkles…these have been drying over a radiator.  Sacrilege I know, but I’ve been trying to get a photo of these for weeks.  He will insist on wearing them as often as I can get them washed and dried,  so I had to hide them from him when he went back to London.  

16 Responses to Caribbean socks

  1. Michelle says:

    Oh, these are beautiful! I hope the yarn is more cooperative on your new needles. I think I may need to invest in a set of those Karbonz!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Thank you! The Karbonz are sublime. I was very sceptical, but we’d bought a set for a friend for her birthday and she loved them, but she always knits with metal needles, which I can’t abide. But I love the Karbonz…I’m a real convert!

  2. Your needles look very posh. Such lovely glowing colours and your knitting is perfect. So neat and perfect tension. Looks like a lot of knotting in a sock. Xxxx

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Oh you’re so kind…I only ever see the errors! Typical I suppose.
      I find socks a lot less work than you’d imagine, especially plain ones like this, mainly because, with the exception of the heel and toe, they are just mindless knitting and very portable, which means they get picked up and a few rounds knitted at any opportune moment. Highly recommended.

  3. helen says:

    Lovely socks!
    I started knitting socks about 18 months ago and at the time I said that ‘it’s not like I’m never going to buy RTW socks again..’ but I haven’t as I just love hand knitted sock so much.
    The needles look good, I usually use bamboo but the set I had were so warped that I’ve gone back to a set of metal ones I had.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I find that bamboo warps too. These needles are lovely…I find metal too cold and noisy so I’m thrilled theres an alternative. And I’d thought carbon fibre was just for golf clubs!

  4. K-Line says:

    I love the colour scheme and matching of the stripes!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Thanks! The pair on the needles are even bolder colours…goodness knows if I’ll get those stripes to match!

  5. Jane G says:

    what a stunning colour. I’ve been knitting chunky socks for Jonathan. He especially asked for them, as they’re great for wearing inside his work boots.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I’m itching for a thick pair of socks for myself. It’s still a bit chilly in our northern parts. How our American and Canadian friends cope with their weather I’m not sure!

  6. Gail says:

    I just love it that your honey loves hand knit socks so much!!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Me too…and that he loves such bold colours. I don’t think I’d be quite so keen if all he ever wanted was black! 😉

  7. Sue Taylor says:

    I treated myself to a full set of karbonz interchangeable needles.It is called a box of joy and certainly lives up to its name. I use them for practically all my knitting now, so I understand how much you love using them.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      They are joyous! They make knitting even more pleasurable. And you’re knitting/crocheting up a storm at the moment…all of it totally lovely!

  8. Beautiful – I really need to get brave and start on socks…am sure I’ll get hooked!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Honestly once you start you’ll never be without a sock project again…perfect for when you’re travelling between sea and mountain. Also they’re a nice mindless project for the end of a busy day of renovations. Go on…….. 😉

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