The Gas Flame Socks are done, and I’m very happy with them.
The yarn did what many Socks That Rock skeins seem to do, which is produce one section of fairly even stripes, and another section with spirals and/or flashing. It drives some people nuts, but I didn’t mind it at all in this pattern.
They’re worked from the toe up, with short-row toes, gussets worked in a lovely purled panel, a short-row heel and a very clever heel flap (which completely eluded my photographic skills.)
These socks were an interesting challenge to knit. The toes made me doubt my ability to count, and the twisted stitches combined with the cables made certain that I never got bored with them.
A word to the wise: twisted stitches eat yarn. This is how much I had leftover out of a 360 yard skein…
Pattern: Firestarter from Yarnissima
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight, colorway Rare Gems
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) toe to mid-leg, US 2.5 (3.0 mm) mid-leg to bind off, US 3 (3.25 mm) bind-off
If I knit this pattern again, I will:
- Either pay attention to row gauge or stop the gusset increases several rounds sooner.
- Stick with the smaller needle rather than switching so that the leg will be a bit snugger.
- Continue with the cable pattern for a couple more repeats.
I really enjoyed working on these socks, both because of the pattern and because of the yarn. If you’re looking for a pattern to challenge you, this is definitely one to look at.
The Ancient Woodlands Shawl will make an appearance.