I like to gift handknit socks for xmas, but that means thinking sleigh bells before summer is even over. It may also mean a false start or two.
A while back, I became frustrated with muddy-looking self-striping yarns, so I purchased a small boatload of Sassy Stripes. And while I am perfectly content to knit plain vanilla socks, I feel gift socks should be something special. I selected the Rock-A-Bye pattern from Joy of Sox. Initially, I liked the contrast of the diagonal columns with the stripes, but the more I knit, the less I liked the stitching.
I don't know what you call it when the purl stitches show through the knit stitches, but I did not like the result, as the stripes lost their crispness. So let's do plain vanilla.
Ah, that's better!