This week, I chat with Kathleen Taylor and share a pattern for more AWE socks.
AWE means "afterthought with ears," and is based on the same concept as my Tootsie socks, which imitated a French or round heel shape. This is a toe-up sock with a gusset and a modified square heel. The modification allows the gusset to be larger than normal, while keeping the heel flap the usual length.
I called these socks Touch of Silver, because they use Navy and Silver Lining solids from Simply Socks Yarn Company.
They are pretty straightforward and easy to make. If you don't like such a deep stripe at the top, you could keep the Navy for more of the leg. I did need two skeins of Navy, but just a small part of a skein of Silver Lining.
That brings me to an advantage of making socks in this way. By making the bottom of the heel last, you can use scrap yarn with confidence. If you ran out and had to add in another color on your second sock, who would know? I came pretty close to running out this time - I had about yard left. I almost always use leftover parts of skeins from other projects for my sock toes and heels, and using this method lets me be more sure that, if I do run out, it won't really matter.
Kathleen Taylor is an awesome knitter and designer. If you haven't heard of her, go look her up on Ravelry. She's known, there, as GrammaK.
- Kathleen Taylor's Blog
- You can also buy the book directly from Taunton Press
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