The Pin Drop Socks pattern is finally ready to share – all my patterns are available in my Ravelry shop here…
I designed these socks with my Dad in mind. I’ve knit Mom a few socks, but so far none for Dad. He is a fan of athletic socks, like that big bag from Costco. I was absolutely not going to knit a fully ribbed pair, it’s just not my favorite thing. And I have never liked how socks fit when there’s not really a cuff and leg, it’s just all the same. So I set off to make a simple yet engaging pattern that would work to convert an athletic sock superfan.
Sometimes ribbing can look a bit chunky and casual. I swatched a few different combinations and settled on this one because I it looks so modern and refined. I can see this even for a dressy occasion. The pattern is not complicated to knit and quickly falls into a rhythm. Most importantly there are rest rounds where you get to just knit around… an important detail when knitting super long socks!
A perfect fit is a must when gift knitting socks. Nothing is worse than putting in all the time, effort and care and it’s unwearable. The most flexible fitting features I’ve found are a nice ribbed cuff (not too tight), a standard heel flap, square heel turn, and enough gusset decreases to keep them from scrunching down or bunching up. My round toe is also the best fit for most feet, wide or narrow, and it works well for socks that will be worn with shoes. Weird to say, right? But other knit toes can sometimes have too much going on and not fit inside narrow toed shoes. At least that’s my experience!
This self-striping yarn is colorway Lex from Tall Pine Yarn and it is awesome. This was my first time using their yarn and I got a sock set in their 85/15 base. I thought it was nice you could choose your coordinating stripe color for the contrast mini. Obviously I chose grey, or “Army Grey” as it’s listed. The dye job is excellent, each color had it’s own bit of interest and the stripe lengths were spot on. I used the contrast for the cuff and heel but couldn’t decide for the toe, so I knit both. I ended up going with the striped because I thought it just looked so great where my stripes ended with the little bit of cream.
Check back soon for a post on how I ripped back the solid toe to change it to stripes. It’s not scary or difficult at all, if you haven’t done it before, you totally can!
It’s all about the details
I’m obsessed with making every little detail as neat as possible. It’s constantly a work in progress for me, but I added some tips and tricks within the pattern to help neaten up those finer detail areas. You can see here, I also spent some time figuring the best way to have the lines continue down the top of the foot but not mess with the neatness of the sides. They’re centered for all 3 sizes included in the pattern.
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That’s the story of the Pin Drop Socks. I do hope you check out the pattern, it’s one you’ll likely use more than once. These socks are fun to knit, timeless for anyone with feet, and they fit incredibly well.
Thanks for stopping by – Happy Knitting!