Sometimes Simple Is Best

K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid! Those are words that are close to my heart. I like things simple. So when the DH requested a pair of hand knitted socks in tan or brown, I bought some simple yarn and chose a simple pattern. I cast on 80 stitches and started working cuff down in 2 x 2 ribbing. This makes a sock leg that is nice and stretchy and that stays up. It’s also totally mindless without being totally boring, not that a sock can ever be boring. Well, hardly ever, anyway. So the Simple Ribbed Socks in Knit Picks Stroll in Cork are well under way. Sock #1 has reached heel flap stage.

Simple Ribbed Sock

But I am not a monogamous knitter by any stretch of the imagination. Among the other projects I have OTN is another pair of socks. I call these socks Gold Iris Socks because I’m embellishing them with size 8/0 round glass seed beads in a color called gold iris. The yarn, Plymouth Happy Feet in a color that knits up to resemble camo (YUCK!), really needed something to prettify it, and these beads are just the ticket. Unfortunately, I cannot capture all the color and sparkle the beads contain with my limited (and by limited I mean non-existent) photography skills. This is about the best I can do,

so you will just have to take my word for it that these beads are gorgeous and add a touch of beauty to some rather drab yarn.

The Gold Iris Socks are knitted toe-up,

Gold Iris Sock with beaded cuff

which you probably already figured out from looking at the picture. The guiding pattern is the “Mix-and-Match Rib Sock Recipe” from Chrissy Gardiner’s book, Toe Up!  I started with Judy’s Magic Cast On, worked a shaped “round” toe à la Gardiner’s book, then started doing the cable rib. But I am working the cable by knitting into the second stitch, knitting into the first stitch, then dropping the stitches off the left-hand needle. This is much quicker than using a cable needle and gives a very nice looking cable. When I reached the leg, I started adding beads. I threaded a bunch of beads onto the yarn and I have been placing them on alternate cable columns in place of the cable according to this chart:

Blank square = knit

– = purl

● = place bead

// // = work cable

The bead placement mimics the cable twist and makes the socks much more interesting.

I have grown to enjoy working with beads and have several beaded projects on the drawing board. Some of them involve lace! So stay tuned for more beaded splendor.