A friend of mine recently moved to Australia. As I met a lot of my friends at university, it was predictable that we’d all end up in different places – but having one of them move to a different continent threw me a bit! Like any knitter however, I knew how to cope with this sudden distance – I immediately decided to cast on a pair of socks to post to her, to last her through the Australian winter.
Of course, Australian winter is very different to UK winter, at least in the part of Australia that my friend has moved to. I took to Ravelry to find a pattern that was just right for a warm-weather hand knit sock, and I quickly found the very popular ‘Rose City Rollers‘ socks by Mara Catherine Bryner. This simple pattern is very clearly written, with some useful pictures to illustrate the steps. The resulting socks are perfect for warmer temperatures, as they’re anklets and therefore cooler than conventional socks. They also fit perfectly under plimsols and trainers without showing very much above the top of the shoe.
I wanted a yarn with colour and sparkle – and boy, did I find one that fit the bill! This beautiful yarn is ‘Twinkle’ by easyknits.co.uk, in the colourway ‘Tropicana’. The multi-coloured stripes are accompanied by golden thread running through the yarn, meaning that it sparkles when it catches the light. Perfect!
The only alternation I made to the pattern as written was that I knitted the socks on a circular needle using magic loop, rather than the DPNs used in the pattern. I usually knit socks this way, and it was very straightforward to convert the instructions over.
After I’d finished the socks for my friend, I thought that I’d find a pair of these socks quite useful myself… so these fell off my needles a couple of days later:
These are also knit in easyknit’s ‘Twinkle’, this time in colourway ‘Summer Bloom’. And they’re coming in pretty useful in the wet and cool summer we’re having so far…!