My newest project is called Guided by Love Socks...
This pattern was not free. You can read more about the pattern here, although it is no longer available for purchase. She does have a similar pattern here.
100% of the proceeds went to an organization that furthers independence for the visually impaired. Paired with my love of dogs, I couldn't resist.
I waited to knit this until I had the perfect yarn. I finally found it during a soccer trip to South Carolina last fall. This is Regia 4-fadig, color 44. I used 345 yards (1.5 skeins/75 grams)...
I used US 1 (2.25 mm) needles. I initially started out making the Women's 7-8 size, but it was looking like it was going to be too large, so I frogged and cast on for the 5-6 size. This seems odd because I wear a 7 1/2 shoe, but it's all about gauge, and mine can be all over the place.[/LEFT]
The first heel I knit (yeah, I said first) gave me a fit, and I ripped back. It is a modified version of a short-row heel. The second time I worked the heel, I placed markers at the wraps to help me keep track. I don't know why I made things so difficult, because the heels were actually easy to knit and lovely to behind when finished...
One thing that makes these socks so cute is the paw print pattern that runs across the foot and up the leg. If you look closely, you'll see little paw prints. Can you say LOVE?!
Another neat feature of this pattern is the cuff. The designer incorporated the words, "Guided by Love" around the top in Braille...
Knitting with beads was a first for me. But, I persisted...a time when I can thank my stubborn nature. And I finally finished! Woo Hoo! Another pair for the sock drawer!
[LEFT]Thanks for looking! :muah: