I love sock knitting, that is no secret. While I have on occasion pushed the envelope in terms of design or construction, there is always a special place in my heart for classic and simple design. A design I can relax with and savor the process, but also relish the final project. It is a fine line. I do require a bit of a challenge to keep my interest. It was from these desires that the Challah sock was born.
The cabling creates a wonderfully rustic look while holding my interest without being taxing. The wonderful alpaca blend sock yarn from Classic Elite, Alpaca Sox, also ups the cozy factor with its soft halo. The fine fingering weight of the yarn means these socks will still fit comfortably in shoes. The solid, as shown here comes in 14 colorways, many of which are man friendly. But they also have 13 kettle dyed and 23 handdyed colorways you could also choose from.
The cable along the top of the foot/front of the leg reminds me of the braids DH forms when he bakes his oft requested challah bread - hence the name. But the bread and socks actually have more in common when I think about it. They are both classic comfort food - one for the stomach and one for the needles. (On a side note, you can see a peek at one of the patterns that will be a part of the next release in the above photo too, though the lovely Amanda is not the intended recipient for that project.)
The large amount of cabling in Challah can be a bit tricky in the sizing, but I’ve included a detailed sidebar to help you adjust and account for your own particular cabling tension. It seems everyone cables differently and one person’s fabric may stretch a remarkable amount and another’s may not. No matter what, it is likely you will get to extend your journey with Challah and work with a few more stitches than your usual sock stitch count. There are three stitch counts from which to choose. The foot and leg are worked on different needle sizes to ensure plenty of durability for the foot and plenty of stretch and comfort for the leg and you can mix and match the gauges to suite your own ratio of foot and leg circumference. It is written toe-up up on two circulars so you can try on the fit as you go and make adjustments if necessary. I also like that I can maximize the usage of this luxury blend yarn when knitting this way.
I’ve already blogged about the Smoky Sweet Pumpkin Seed recipe, but I thought it bears mentioning again. This is the recipe that is paired with the Challah sock pattern. The spice mix that flavors the seeds is extremely versatile. In fact, once my bit of mix is gone (likely yet this week), I think I’ll be mixing up a double or triple batch. I am finding myself sprinkling it on all kinds of things. I’ve been on a popcorn kick lately and right now that is one my favorite additional uses of the spice.
I do want to mention again that I have a few surprises up my sleeve for those who have subscribed to Nourishing Knits before the final installment. Everyone will get a surprise or two, plus there may be a few more special surprises as well. Thank yous of sorts for going out on a limb and getting the book before seeing the entire pattern and recipe collection. So, if you’ve been teetering on the edge, I’d suggest doing so soon to be included in the special goodies :-) Not to mention, the price will be going up upon release of the final installment.
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