My absolute favorite craft that I do not do enough of these days is knitting. For years I was turning out 12-14 pairs of socks a year, sweaters (sometimes), blankets (sometimes) and various other little things. Since Little Man came around my knitting time is limited, mainly because he likes to “help” me. Now that he is getting a little older and plays on his own a little more the knitting is starting to come back out more regularly. Most recently it came in the form of my favorite socks, Monkey socks.
I first discovered the Monkey sock pattern way back when I first learned to knit socks. I was slightly terrified of it (there is a reason Cookie A is held on such a high pedestal in knitting) and intrigued at the same time. A lot of knitters I followed talked extensively about them and some knit a few dozen pair. I’ve now knit somewhere around half a dozen pair of Monkey socks. They are my go to sock that I’ve memorized pretty easily.
Monkey socks take colors that wouldn’t normally stripe well on a patterned sock and make them stripe nicely. They have just enough detail to keep you entertained, but not enough detail that it is not impossible to memorize the pattern. The best part is, they fit nice and snug around your feet, but have enough stretch to go on easily.
There is no doubt in my mind, Monkey socks are the best socks to knit. They’ve been around for about 10 years, there are thousands of finished projects on Ravelry & the pattern has been well loved over the years.
Details on the Monkey Socks
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in a limited edition colorway for the kids of Newtown, Connecticut. I’m a few years late in knitting it.
Needles: Signature 2.75 Double Pointed Needles (THE BEST)
Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A from Knitting Winter 2006
Are you a knitter?
If yes, what is your favorite thing to knit?