FO Friday: Bellflower Socks

Morning y’all! I’ve finally finished some knitting and thought I’d share! These are the Bellflower Socks by verybusymonkey.

image_medium2I knit these for the July prompt for the Just One More Row podcast 12 in 16 KAL. Initially I was a bit unsure about the Lace prompt for July as lace socks aren’t my favourite. I was also a little anti this pattern initially. I didn’t have high hopes for still being in the running for the year long prize for the knit-along.

However, once I had a couple pattern repeats under my belt, I seemed to hit my stride. I think the biggest issue I had with the pattern is that it involves a lot of k3tog, sssk, and sl1k3togpsso. If you don’t speak knitter, it’s two types of 3 stitch decreases and a four stitch decrease. On tiny needles with unrelenting yarn it’s quite a lot to manoeuvre.

The yarn I used was just some Bella Baby Superwash Merino 4 ply that I got for $2 a ball at Spotlight. I don’t think I’d buy this yarn again. It’s a very ‘hard’ yarn. It’s not desperately soft with a fairly high twist. At least I can probably rely that these will be a hard wearing pair of socks.

This pattern features a star shaped toe; a technique I’ve never tried before. At first I got it confused with the swirl toe pattern and thought I was doing the wrong thing. But I trusted the pattern (who woulda thunk it!) and it worked out just fine. It’s really hard to get the sock flat toe-on to be able to photograph the star but you can extrapolate from this pic:

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See the little purl bumps? They make up the star shape. 🙂

Unfortunately I cannot count these in my Yarngasm Podcast Box O’ Sox KAL though as they’re not socks for me. Box O’ Sox is a selfish knit-along. 😉 However, my sister has just had her birthday so I think I’ll pack them up and send them off as a gift for her.

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good pattern. Now that I’ve realised it’s not a terribly hard pattern, I would knit this again. Definitely check it out if you like lacy socks. 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

P.S. Did you know I’ve started a video podcast? Check it out on YouTube. 🙂

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