My romantic intelligence is stuck at about the 3rd grade level. Discussions of romance result in a lot of giggling and overwhelming the urge to run away, and occasionally a long "eeeeeewwwwwww". Romantic getaways, flowers, chocolates and pomp make my entire body kick into defense mode, and here I am planning a wedding. I'm not sure how you plan a wedding and avoid hearts, the word 'love', and public displays of affection, but I'll be damned if I'm not going to give it a shot. (For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure the answer to this riddle, as it is to so very many, is 'food and booze'.) Below is an attempt at squeezing in a tiny bit of romance, which has hopefully been completely killed by sharing this with the internet. Socks for the fella to wear on our wedding day. He won't get cold feet. See what I did there? It's very clever. But wait! There's more.
The pattern rows (which are just simple twist stitches) are spaced out 10 rows, then 13 rows, then 12 rows to reflect our October 13, 2012 wedding date. Take that, wedding industry! Customized without a $39.95 surcharge! Victory Point to Shana.
Anyway, here's a pattern. Go knit some socks.
Socks to insure against cold feet
- Skinny Bugga! by The Sanguine Gryphon (Fingering / 4 ply, 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 450 yards / 113 grams) - One ball in Sooty Dancer
- Yummy Toes - Sock by Miss Babs (Fingering / 4 ply, 100% Merino, 133 yards / 37 grams) - 20 yards in Pewter for the heel and toes (One skein of Skinny Bugga would be enough to do the toes and heels in the main color)
- 32″ size 1 (2.25 mm) circular needle
- Cable needle, if needed. You can also do the twists without a cable needle.
- Tapestry needle
These socks are knit toe-up, two at a time using the magic loop. This site explains how to do it. If you prefer dpns or knitting one at time, you can still knit the socks, but you may want to use markers to indicate where the magic loop needles would start and end.
I haven't test knit these, so if something seems wrong it probably is. Let me know, and I'll correct it.
m1 – make one
w&t – Wrap and turn
LT- Left Twist - Hold one stitch to the front, knit second stitch, knit first stitch
Figure 8 cast on 20 sts (10 on needle, 10 on cable)
Alternate increase and even round until you have 48 sts.
- Increase round: On first needle, k1, m1, k to final stitch, m1, k1. Repeat on needle 2.
- Even round: Knit both needles.
Work the following until knitting measures 10″ from cast-on.
On needle 1: P1, knit until final stitch, p1.
On needle 2:
This is where you turn on the romance. Or something. The spacing of the twist rows represent the wedding date. Work the normal row for all rounds except those that reflect your date. For October 13, 2012, I work the twist row on round 10, again on 13 rows later, and again twelve rows after that. Then repeat.
- Normal row: P1, *k2, p2* repeat from * to * until last three sts, k2, p1
- Twist row: P1, *LT, p2* repeat from * to * until last three sts, LT, p1
This sock has a short row heel. If you're working the socks two at a time, you will do one heel, and then the other.
Join the heel yarn.
- Sl1, k to last stitch, w&t.
- Sl1, p21, w&t
- K to one before wrapped stitch, w&t
- p to one before wrapped stitch, w&t
Alternate last two rows until 8 stitches remain unworked.
Work until the wrapped stitch, pick up wrap and work stitch, turn.
Repeat until all wrapped stitches have been worked.
Break heel yarn.
Pick back up the main color and continue working the needle 2 pattern on both needles, so that the ribbing and twist stitches are worked around the whole leg.
Continue until the leg measures 8″ from heel or as close as possible after completing 'year' rows.
Bind off using your favorite stretchy bind off. I recommend this bind-off.
Weave in ends, block if you're the type who blocks socks (I am not), give to fella, live happily ever after.