I'm excited to be able to share my thoughts on the Fall issue of Sockupied as part of Sock Week here on the blog. Sockupied is Interweave's digital magazine devoted solely (ha ha!) to socks, bringing you the best in original sock patterns and sock-related content.
With that eye-catching cover, I couldn't wait to jump in!
(Fun fact: the photos for this issue were taken at The Loopy Ewe!)
This issue kicks off with a profile of prolific designer Debbie O'Neill, whose work has been featured in a variety of knitting magazines and books. I always like the chance to learn more about my favorite designers, and it was great to hear that a talented sock designer like Debbie also falls victim to Second Sock Syndrome. She also shares a few of her favorite knitting tools, so be sure to check that out.
Debbie's design for this issue of Sockupied is the Walk in the Woods socks--and it seems like brights are IN this fall, as this pair and many others in the issue are done up in vibrant shades. I usually go for more traditional autumn shades this time of year, but it's a nice change of pace. I find lacy socks to be a bit hit-or-miss--too much lace and they don't actually keep you warm--but these look to strike the balance. And I love this alternative to the traditional ribbed cuff.
The other feature in this issue is a piece on socks from the Russian Empire, from Donna Druchunas. I myself am a bit of a history nerd (though pre-Columbian history of the Americas is more my speed), so I love articles like this, but I can see how they may not be everyone's cup of tea. Even if the details don't interest you, though, the photos are sure to catch your eye. It's just amazing how far socks have come!
There are five additional sock patterns in this issue, ranging from beginner to "Eek! I'm not sure I can handle that!"
The Hominy Socks by Marie Godsey are textured, top down socks that would work with a variety of colors, from solid to variegated. They're also noted as a good introductory pattern for new sock knitters. My only quibble with that is that the pattern only includes one size. With a 6-stitch pattern repeat, adding additional sizes should not be too difficult, but is probably an exercise best left to more experienced sock knitters.
The Checkers Socks, by Mone Drager--this is a "wow" pattern! There's a lot going on here, but it really works together. The construction on these socks is more complicated than your traditional sock, with the back of the leg and sole worked flat first, and then the front of the leg and top of the foot attached while knitting. This is probably not TV knitting, but worth the extra effort for a unique pair of socks.
The Electrostatic Lines socks, by Jennifer Raymond, made the cover and they are absolutely stunning. And knee socks! I wish I had more knee socks in my life. The pattern includes an impressive 6 sizes, as well as notes on calf-sizing and ensuring a good fit.
The Riband Socks, by Heidi Nick, are my favorite in the issue--I'm a sucker for cables. I personally find the variegated version to be too much, but the design really stands out on the bright pink socks. And I love the patterned toes! I know they can feel . . . disconcerting . . . when wearing shoes, but they look amazing. And if you don't care for them, you can always substitute a regular toe.
The last pattern in the magazine is from none other than Kate Atherley, the Gladys Thompson socks. They serve as quite a contrast point--in the sea of flashy colors and intense patterning, these gansey-inspired socks are muted, textured and cozy-looking. These are socks for living in. The pattern includes cuff- down and toe-up versions, and 6 sizes, so they work for guys too.
Sockupied Fall 2015 retails for just $11.99--with an average knitting pattern running around $6, that's a steal! If any of the patterns catch your eye, you should definitely grab a copy.
You can never have too many socks.
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