I met my friend Amy several years ago while we were both studying for PhDs. While we were both living in Durham we met for lunch every week and happily discussed all manner of things. It soon emerged that we were both keen crafters, enjoying everything from children's crafts (we were also involved in GirlGuiding) to crochet to knitting. When Amy moved to the opposite end of the country our friendship continued, and we regularly send each other photos of whatever project we are working on, including many, many pairs of socks. These socks are a thank you to Amy for coming along for the knitty ride.
The Amy socks are knitted from the toe up and use a gusset and heel flap construction, shaped with short rows; the heel features an Eye of Partridge slipped stitch pattern. The socks have a pattern on the instep and around the leg, while the sole is knitted in stocking stitch. The gusset length is affected by your row/round gauge, so a small amount of optional maths is included to achieve the perfect fit.
My Amy socks are the second in a collection of sock patterns, called the Knit Night Collection, named after a few of my favourite knitty people. All the socks in the collection come in three sizes (finished sock circumferences, 17.5 (20, 22.5) cm [7 (8, 9) in]), with the different sizes being created by scaling the pattern, so larger socks have larger motifs. The patterns in the collection are written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted on any of DPNs, short circulars or long circulars using the magic loop technique.
- 2.5 mm DPNs [or a 2.5 mm circular needle at least 80 cm (31 in) in length]
- One ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply (4 ply; 400 m [436 yds] per 100g ball; 75% wool, 25% nylon) or 400 m [436 yds] of an equivalent sock yarn*
- 4 stitch markers
- Tapestry needle