Over the Top Socks
Last spring, Adina Klein, the Fashion Director at Vogue Knitting asked me if I was interested in doing a pair of socks for their Fall issue. "Yes, I would love to." I had had a sock idea in my head for awhile - a completely over the top mix of colorwork, duplicate stitch, Fair Isle, embroidery, pom poms and reverse stockinette stitch ridges. It started forming back when I made a swatch that no editor ever picked up. See that swatch here from my May 23rd post.
When you do one of these "designer challenges" the editors let you do whatever you want. I love that - I can pick the yarn. Of course, I picked my yarn Julia. And I don't have to tell them what I am doing - it's all a big surprise for them. (I guess they trust me.) I wanted the socks to look great and hoped that knitters would like them. I knit and embroidered these socks in four days straight (no home cooked meals here). The Farmer kept asking when they were going to be done. Finally, they were and I shipped them off and then hoped I would like the photo.
The Vogue Knitting photo turned out better than I could have imagined. I love the dreamy quality of the model, the coat she is wearing, the sofa and the fringe trim on it. It might be a bit too moody to knit off but it sure does make me want to knit them.
I am posting one of my lousy photos here which I took before I shipped the socks. I like to refer to photos when I am spiffing up my instructions and I no longer have the garment. This photo might be a little easier to knit from - not the moodiest but it shows the socks up close and personal. (I would have tried a little harder if I had know I would be putting them on a blog but at that point, I didn't know what a blog was.)
I knit them from the ankle up so that it would be easier to adjust for the calf shaping and length. Then I picked up the cast-on edge and knit the sock down like I normally do. They could just as easily be legwarmers if you want - just don't add the bottom sock portion. I picture wearing them with a short or long skirt, clogs or boots. They're a little heavy so they are definitley warm, winter socks.
One note - you can see the rib in the photo on the VK model but not in my photo. The idea is that the rib holds the socks up and the reverse stockinette stitch ridges would fold down over the ribs to cover them up. The pom pom decorated ties also help hold them up. Have fun!
If you make them, I'd love to see a photo - send me a jpeg via my e-mail.