Happy Halloween Socks

I’ve done very little knitting lately as it isn’t really a great summer activity.  There are so many other things I’d rather be doing outside while I can and wool is the last thing I want to be touching when I’m warm.  Now that the weather is turning cooler, I can get back to my sock knitting and a great way to start was with these Halloween themed socks from the Ravelry pattern Just Batty by Jennifer Vaughn.  The original pattern called for orange and black yarn, but I thought purple (Spud and Chloe superwash wool sock yarn, 7820 Berries) and black (Cascade Yarn Heritage Merino Superwash Sock, 5801 Black) would be more wearable in my life.  It was a little difficult knitting with the two colors so close in value, but I love the finished socks.  This is a really fun sock to knit because color work is just plain knitting so it goes quickly, but the changing chart patterns makes it fun.  I especially love the checkerboard foot bottoms.   My foot is a little smaller than the pattern called for, so I had to truncate the sock a bit, but fortunately didn’t lose too much of the cat toe pattern.  This is the kind of sock that makes me want to design my own color work patterns, so perhaps I’ll do that for next year.

Notes:

The cuff and 1st chart of this pattern were tighter than the others.  Next time I would use a size 2 for these two sections and switch to a 1 for the bat and then switch to a 0 for the foot section.

There was an error in the heel section:  Row 1 should read Sl first st, purl across 35 sts, turn.

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