I’ve written about it before and I will say it again, The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes is a must-have for anyone who wants to know everything there is to know about sock knitting. I’ve known this for years having checked the book out from the library numerous times. I always admired the patterns, too, but never really jumped on knitting them because I didn’t own the book . Why didn’t I own the book? I have no idea – it was ridiculous, really and I don’t recommend this foolishness. Get a copy of the book, you will be so happy you have it. Thankfully a friend graciously gave me a copy for Christmas this year and I was able to put an end to the nonsense and get knitting.
First on my list was Turbo Toes by A. Karen Alfke. Billed as a nearly indestructible sock, they simply had to be my first sock from this book. Where I come from claiming something is indestructible is generally taken as a challenge. The pattern is written to be knitted on 2 circular needles, so I opted to make the minor adjustments required to work these socks 2-at-a-time using the magic loop method. Personally, I just prefer magic loop to 2circs — I don’t know why. We can chalk that up to knitter’s preference, I suppose. In any case, I decided this would be a good chance to give Addi Sock Rockets a spin. This was my first experience with Sock Rockets. I was pretty skeptical that they were necessary, but I have to report that I am a convert. For magic loop sock knitting, I love these needles. The classic Addi coatings with a nice pointy tip and smooth joins between the tip & cable meant I was able to focus on the knitting & not the needles. Perfect.
What makes the Turbo Toes ‘indestructible’ is that they utilize some of the toughest wearing stitches in the hardest wearing places — linen stitch toe & heel, slip stitch sole & on the back of the heel. It’s ingenius when you think about it.
I started with this yarn…
Socks that Rock Lightweight from Blue Moon Fiber Arts is the recommended yarn. It is new to me, but since I had heard some raving about it on the Socks with Sarah Ravelry Thread I just happened to have a couple new skeins in my stash. While the sample of Turbo Toes is done in a pretty solid color, I thought it might be fun to use a variegate, so I grabbed my skein of Metaphysical Angst — I’ll admit, I selected this colorway as much for the name as for the colors in it.
And I cast-on…
I just couldn’t put them down! I was so propelled by the changing stitch patterns. You know how it goes, ‘If I can just get through the toe I can try that slip stitch on the sole…’ or ‘Oh! If I can just cruise through the sole I can try that crazy linen stitch heel turn…’
I even rushed them to the bath. So I could photograph them…
There were a lot of first with these socks. The Addi Sock Rockets which were divine and so worth it, especially in these socks where those pointy tips really made the linen & slip stitch portions a snap. The Socks that Rock Lightweight is a wonderful yarn with brilliant, fun colors. Their website can be a little overwhelming as you try to peruse page after page of colorways, but you can take my word for it — it’s worth the effort. And the pattern, Turbo Toes. While definitely a more intermediate pattern, it is written with extraordinary skill, with clear understanding of how a good sock is put together, and is just as clear and skillfully edited as knitting patterns come.
All in all, there is nothing I don’t love about these socks. In fact because the fit is fab, too, they are on my feet right this very moment.
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