Cheerful toes


It’s a grey, wet, rainy day here in Toronto, so let’s look at some colour.


I actually finished my Monkeys last week, on a day rather like this one, and it was a perfect pairing. I know the wisdom is that during the winter you should avoid knitting grey and white things so your entire world doesn’t become one monochromatic colour, but frankly I find grey spring days far worse than grey winter ones, and the bright colours of these socks were an excellent antidote to all the rain (and friggin’ cold weather) we’ve been getting.


Monkey, of course, is a hugely popular pattern, but I wasn’t a knitter when it was published in 2006, so this is sort of catch-up for me. I will undoubtedly knit another pair – there are books I try to read every year and I suspect that, when it comes to knitting, spring will be greeted by a pair of Monkeys.


Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. (I used the original pattern, published in Knitty’s Winter 2006 issue, but she rereleased the pattern in her book and offers more sizes, etc. there)
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Honey Fig (I know this yarn has Tough in its name, but honestly, it was wonderful to knit with. It feels strong and like it will last, but it’s still soft on your hands as you knit. I loved it.)
Needles: 2.75 mm
Mods: None. I used a larger needle so the pattern would fit my 9-inch feet, and I used my normal slip-stitch heel instead of the stockinette heel in the pattern, but otherwise, I worked it exactly as written. Details, such as they are, are ravelled here.


I’m including this so you can see what the yarn did in stockinette. I love the way the swoops of the pattern broke up the flashing.

11 thoughts on “Cheerful toes

  1. Cassy

    Oh man. I really want to cast on some Monkeys now! Those are so terrific. If you’re interested, we should organize some kind of sock exchange sometime.

  2. Audry

    Everyone is making Monkey socks this spring! I’m just itching to cast on for a pair, but I’m trying to be disciplined and finish the last bit of a second sock. You, my friend, have made waiting just that much more difficult.

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