Summer School, Thick and Cozy, Afshari

On Monday we talked a bit about yarn and gauge for thick socks, and for the rest of the week I’ll be showing off some of my personal favorites.

These are Afshari.  They have some truly delightful textured stitches on the cuff, and they’re 25% off on ravelry with the code SUMMER SCHOOL through the end of the day, eastern time, Thursday July 9.

Look, some folks really truly feel like there’s no point in putting the fancy bits on the part of the sock that hangs out in your shoe all day.  And some folks have very sensitive skin on their feet and prefer the smooth texture of plain stockinette.  And all that’s fine, as I said at the beginning, you are the boss of your socks.  But if you’re going to make the foot plain, do something grand on the ankle!

Once again, small stitch repeats mean lots of sizes.  This one is 6 stitches wide (that really seems to work well for socks for some reason), and the sock comes in 5 sizes (54, 60, 66, 72, or 78 stitches around).  These are from Silk Road Socks, and all the socks in that book are written at two gauges (8.5 stitches per inch and 7 stitches per inch), but you can always use the math from Monday’s post to tweak things a bit if you want to work at a different gauge.  Being comfortable doing that teeny tiny bit of math really does mean you can make socks work with the yarns you want to use and get the socks you want to wear!