29 May 2018

Hiking socks

I have always enjoyed hill-walking and although I would never venture to walk the whole length of the Appalachian Trail, I do like a brisk walk along a mountain track. 

We don't have many mountains down here on the Florida gulf coast, but we used to live near the wonderful White Mountains in New Hampshire. It was great living so close to such a wonderful location. You would often find my husband, Tim, and I happily scrambling around the woodland paths to the next waterfall or viewpoint. There I would sit, gaze at the wonderful scenery and knit while he framed up his photographs.

And that's where comfy socks come in. Having the right shoes for walking is an absolute must, but even the most comfy shoes won't work without a good pair of socks. 

The pattern I have used here is the Mentmore Socks, one of my favourite sock patterns. I have worked many different versions of this sock but I am especially pleased with the most recent pair. 

The socks feature a textured slipped stitch pattern which is soft and cushioning to wear but I think they worked especially well in the yarn I chose this time. This is Austermann Step Classic, a springy wool mix yarn in Col #1009 "Jeans", a beautiful indigo blue. 

I worked the two socks at the same time as you can read here, and they seemed to be finished in next to no time! I will definitely do that next time I have the urge to add some socks to my collection.

Originally, the Mentmore Socks pattern had just one version featuring a short stand-up cuff in a half-twisted rib. However, I have now updated the pattern to include a version with the deeper fold-over cuff that I worked here. 

I don't know if you're like me, but I feel the cold easily, especially around my ankles. So having a fold-over cuff just provides an extra layer to keep away the chilly mountain air, as well as giving some extra support and comfort while walking.

The last time we were in the mountains it was beautifully sunny but the wind still had a cold edge. However, it was lovely and warm sitting on a sheltered rock wall while Tim took photos of the river nearby. I spent most of the time casting on for a sideways-knit scarf, but I'll say more about that next time.

If you would like to read more about about the Mentmore Socks pattern, it is available as an instant download here.

Until next time, Happy Sock Knitting!


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