6.29.2016

bowknot tabi socks









I don't know about you, but as soon as the warm weather hits, out come the flip-flops. They are my favorite summer accessory. I can remember many childhood summers spent cycling, climbing, fishing and even playing tennis in my trusty flip-flops. It was a wonder that I didn't end up with a sprain ankle! Later, when my college boyfriend (now the hubby) went to Japan to study/teach, I became slightly obsessed with collecting various styles of zori and geta. So when I had the opportunity to try out a skein of Saucon Sock by Kraemer Yarns, my first thought was designing a pair of fun tabi socks to wear with them. The fiber content of the yarn consists of cotton, acrylic and nylon which makes it an excellent no-wool and warm weather knitting option. It is available in many pretty colors (I am currently eyeing the carnation, coral, ginger & turquoise colors for a cute stripey version). This particular colorway is called Sea Blue and has a lovely and subtle marled effect achieved by combining a ply of azure blue with a ply of purple. The socks were knit cuff down using a simple textured stitch pattern that resembles little bowknots. I used a mystery yarn from the stash for the contrasting ribbing on the cuffs, heels and toes. If I can make heads or tails of my jumbled notes for the split toes, I will post the pattern here for anyone interested in knitting a pair. I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer so far. We just came back from a relaxing oceanside holiday where I did nothing but lazed in the sun, eat, read, knit and repeat. I just love the laid back rhythm of summer.

8 comments:

  1. Adorable! I never got into the separate toe socks, Can't stand stuff between my toes, but love flip flops, so go figure.

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  2. Great job, Tien! I'm so curious about your collection! Will you flash it one day?

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  3. Those are so much fun!!! Love the color! And it must be a real challenge to knit split toes! Glad you had a relaxing time and recharged!

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  4. Oh your lazy oceanside holiday sounds DEELIGHTFUL. Your socks are lovely. I guess I'm a sandal person. I have sensible mom sandals right now (Danskos) that were very handy on my summer holiday. I love when you share what yarns you are using. I've never used a non wool sock yarn. What is the drape like? What's the breatheability? The colors are so saturated and lovely, very inviting and they look like the bright summer and sea.

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  5. oh wow, those socks look amazing, and that's so clever that you have the toe sections! Also- I loved hearing that you collect zori and geta, that is definitely something quite cool to collect. Especially since you genuinely love flip flops and thong sandals!

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  6. this is an 'off' year from the beach and i'm missing it already! so lucky that you live so close....those socks are terrific!! So fun!!! Must look up that yarn!!!

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  7. Seriously awesome socks!

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  8. Such fun socks! Your holiday sounds dreamy!!

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