A while ago a massage therapist friend and I decided to trade massages for knitting. 1 hour of massage for 1 hour of knitting. At a 1.5 hour massage a couple times a month, these are the longest running sock project I’ve undertaken yet. Did I mention she’s a really good friend? Opposites attract- I’m science-minded and find humor in irony, but she loves all things woo and is one of the most genuine and caring people I’ve ever met. We also have opposite color sensibilities. As I have gotten away from brighter colors, she has fallen more in love with them- blue raspberry, red-orange, and neon yellow light up her wardrobe, bedroom, and everything she owns.
I wanted to knit her some socks using her favorite colors that were as special and unique as her kind and enthusiastic spirit. I used Stroll Brights in Razzleberry, Hot Tamale, and Highlighter Yellow for the contrasting colors, and Skinny Bugga for the main color (in an old colorway). I used a pattern (listed below) for the entrelac/triangle sections; the rest of the sock is self drafted. Scroll to the bottom for instructions, and email me if you want the more detailed pattern.
Quick pattern instructions: Cast on with JMCO at the toe, increase to circumference of foot, knit in stockinette to length of foot-0.5″, turn a short row heel, knit around, break main color yarn to start stripes. Alternate 3 rows of contrasting color with 5 rows of main color three times. I followed the instructions for L/R leaning triangles and R/L leaning rectangles in Kathryn Alexander’s Up-Down Entrelac socks in Sock Knitting Master Class book. Knit the stripe above the entrelac pattern with 2 rows knitted, 1 row purled, followed by 1 row knitted. Knit 5 rows of main color, then repeat the entrelac pattern. Finish the design with 2 main color and 2 coordinating color stripes. Knit ribbing (K2, P2) for 2 inches, then cast off with a stretchy cast off.