That’s how many days left until Christmas.
And I am ready.
Pattern: 0-865 Christmas socks in Karisma (“Twinkle Toes”)
Yarn: DROPS Karisma, by Garnstudio
Needles: US 4/3.5mm
I didn’t bother swatching because they’re socks. By the time you have a good swatch done in the round, you’ve knit a good portion of the sock. But if I had done one, I would have discovered that my gauge was much looser than the pattern gauge.
But all was well – I just decreased the number of stitches after the stranded colorwork pattern, and they ended up fine.
Since this yarn is DK weight, the socks are pretty quick to knit. Of course, that also means that they’re too thick to wear with most of my shoes – but I really expected them to just be house socks anyway.
If I made them again (or one of the many other cute stranded sock patterns for Karisma), I would definitely go down a size in needle, and maybe still knit a smaller size of sock. I started out with the medium ladies’ size (9.5″ foot length), but ended up decreasing down to the child’s large size (8″ foot length). By the way, the sizes listed on the Ravelry pattern page don’t match the ones on the actual pattern page.
Whatever needle size I used again, I’d definitely consider going up a size for the stranded colorwork rows.