Hot pink socks



I finished these the same weekend as Stasis, but they are impossible to photograph! This colour (Espadrilles, by Madelinetosh) is definitely not what I usually go for, but it’s fun and bright and very well suited to this pattern — Betula Socks, by Rachel Coopey, whose designs are so reliably excellent and fun I will happily continue to knit them up as long as she continues to publish them.


These were on my needles for a while. I cast on before going to California, knit them on the plane there and during our time in San Francisco, before putting them down to finish my Skyp socks. I blame the lag for the reason they are not quite the same size: Despite knitting them with the same skein of yarn on the same pair of needles, one sock is slightly larger than the other, in both length and width. Maybe I knit one while relaxed and another while tense? Who knows. The difference isn’t enough to really bother me, but it is a little funny.

Pattern: Betula Socks by Rachel Coopey
Yarn: Tosh Sock in Espadrilles
Needles: 2.5mm
Notes: I tend to choose my size based on the number of stitches cast-on. With these socks, though, the majority of the rounds actually have additional stitches (because of the stitch pattern), so they fit a little big. If I were to knit them again, I would probably go down a size. I’d also be tempted to mirror the charts across the socks, but it’s kind of fun that they’re designed to be matching-yet-fraternal. Ravelled here.

Since these were finished in September, they don’t count for Socktober, but I have big sock plans for this month. I have a pair of plain socks on my needles at the moment, which are likely to become background knitting as I dive into my holiday-related projects. But, since those include socks, if all goes according to plan I should get a couple of pairs knit this month — updates to come (promise!)

18 thoughts on “Hot pink socks

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      That is such a good question! I wondered about his they’d feel too, but I trusted Rachel not to design a lumpy sock 🙂 They are very comfy, and I don’t notice the texture at all in my shoes when I’m wearing them.

  1. Julia M.

    They look awesome! 🙂 I’m glad that I finished my last pair of socks a couple of days ago – they were handpainted by a member of my knitting group and also hat TONS of pink in it.

    I hope I get round to blogging about them tomorrow …

    Because my timing is amazing, I started a multnomah last Thursday and really want to finish it. 😉

  2. K-Line

    As a person who’s about to sew a top in exactly that colour (merino jersey), and someone who’s knit with that Tosh colourway, I have to say I love the shade. It’s utterly cheerful. And flattering near the face 🙂

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Oooh, that too is going to be amazing.

      It’s funny: usually I’m drawn tho cooler colours (so much blue and green) but lately everything on my needles has been reds, pinks, and oranges. I desperately want to find a cranberry wool for another skirt.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      That’s one of the things I love about this pattern! The stitch (cocoon stitch, I think it’s called) is worked over enough stitches that it’s relatively flat. It’s worked on a background of reverse stockinette, so it looks big, but the overall fabric has a similar depth to ribbing. Very clever.

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