If you’ve ever read any of my color descriptions in my Etsy shop, you’ll quickly figure out that “undulating” is one of my favorite words. I have to restrain myself from liberally sprinkling it in every blurb about every color of yarn. (What? It usually fits!) It’s a great word that, for me, conjures up images of rolling hills, swaying grasses, softly lapping waves, gentle clouds in the summer sky… It’s full of possibility!
Undulating seems a little more free-form and flowing than these socks, but I suppose that would have been a cranky pattern to write. Regardless, the pattern is beautiful – ribs cover the sock, varying between thick and thin. As I knit these, I wonder if I was really doing it right because the pattern only pops once they’re adorning your happy feet. Before that, it’s got sort of a lumpy checkerboard-type thing going on.
It’s very easily memorized, as most of the rows are just plain ribbing, and that’s always a plus for me since I travel a lot with my knitting and grabbing a book or a chart on the bus just isn’t always feasible. These socks saw a little more of the world than most of mine do though – I started them shortly before I went on vacation to Maine, with the intention of finishing them while I was there. Well, they came a long way but didn’t end up getting finished until my return. (The hat now, that’s another story…) They’ve been done for several weeks but, as is the way of Texas, it started getting warm out and the last thing I wanted to do was put on a pair of wool socks for some photos! Eventually, I relented and here they are to show you. They are much taller than my usual sock – I knit them with every intention of using up almost all the yarn. And I succeeded! There was only the teeniest bit left when I finished.
Undulating Rib Socks
by Ann Budd, in Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave
Needles: US 2 / 2.75 mm for the upper part of the upper part (heh) and US 1½ / 2.5 mm for the rest.
Yarn: Artyarns Ultramerino 4, in a natural/beige/cream blend.
See mine, on Ravelry
This also means that I’m still on track with my sock-a-month challenge for 2009. April’s socks are already started and should be interesting!