|Are you a Doctor Who fan? Need a pair of Tardis Socks? A designer friend of mine, Audry Nicklin, just issued her Police Box Sox pattern.|
|I had the perfect color of blue sock yarn in my stash; London Blue in Baah! LaJolla, one of my favorite yarns to knit with. I matched the twist of La Jolla with some Koigu KPM in black and white.|
|I am test knitting the small size. I start with 2 US 1.5 (2.5 mm) circular needles. I typically use this size needle for the legs of my socks.|
I continued with my US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles until the start of the black band. Here I switched up to US 2.0 (2.75 mm) needles. I switched up to add a bit more size to the first stranded section, since it is close to the cuff. (I normally knit the top of a stranded sock leg using this size.) This sock is interesting in that the designer chose to increase to a larger number of stitches for stranded sections of the socks. I typically have to knit the large size in stranded socks because I need the larger number stitches to account for lack of stretch in stranded knitwear. This pattern accounts for that issue in the design.
At the end of the black band, I switched back to the US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles.
|After one repeat of the second chart. Leg is 5 1/4" long at this point.|
|Complete second repeat. I decided to stop at 2 repeats, since the leg is a perfect fit at this height. Leg length is 6 1/4".|
|Complete the heel flap. I dropped needles sizes one more time since I find the heel flap slip stitch edge works best when knit using a US 1.0 (2.25 mm) needle. When I knit a heel stitch heel flap using a US 1.5 (2.50 mm) needle, the slip stitch is a bit loose and pulls when you pick up and knit along that edge, leaving a small gap.|
|Turn the heel.|
|Complete the gusset.|
|Complete the foot portion of the sock. I'm still on a US 1.0 (2.25 mm) needle.|
|Complete the toe. Complete the second sock.|
|The completed socks.|
Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. "Police Box Sox" pattern copyright by Audry Nicklin..