Hothouse socks

I started this pair of socks aiming for a soft snuggling pair to sooth my injured ankle.

Aquaphobia socks in Posh Yarns Lucia Hothouse

Aquaphobia socks in Posh Yarns Lucia Hothouse

PatternDavid’s Toe-Up Sock Cookbook by David Schulz using Aquaphobia pattern stitch.
Yarn: 90g of Posh Yarns Lucia sock in Hothouse
Needles: 2x 2.25mm circulars
Made for: me, UK 7
Method: Two at a time, toe up. The toes were cast on separately, rejoined and then separated again for the heels before rejoining and then I worked up the leg.
Time taken to knit: October 20th 2013 – January 18th 2014

The colours of the yarn are fantastic however they flash all over the place which I didn’t like:

Aquaphobia socks in Posh Yarns Lucia Hothouse

Aquaphobia socks in Posh Yarns Lucia Hothouse

So I chose a slipped stitch pattern Aquaphobia to try & break it up a bit:

Stocking stitch on the sole on the left compared to the slipped stitch pattern on the right.

Stocking stitch on the sole on the left compared to the slipped stitch pattern on the right.

 

With a few more stitches on the gusset increase the yarn was beautiful:

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I also liked how the yarn behaved on the cuff

I also liked how the yarn behaved on the cuff

Everything I read about this pattern said that it wasn’t very stretchy due to the slipped stitches even though the cable up the sides of the sock provides some ‘give’ so I took the decision not to reduce stitches for negative ease – and I’m very glad I did. 

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You might be able to notice that my left ankle (on the right above) is slightly bigger than the other one due to my injury and this made it hard to get these socks on and off unfortunately.  I’m sure they’ll be fine when I’m healed but for now they’ll be sitting in my sock drawer unworn I’m afraid.

I’ve already started swatching for my next pair with a supersoft yarn that has stayed hidden in my stash for far too long…

Auntie Mart's Angora Sock Yarn

Auntie Mart’s Angora Sock Yarn