Perfect anklets

Pattern: Zigzag anklets by Pam Grushkin from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn (my review/preview here). I knit the 60-stitch (3rd) size.

Yarn: 2 skeins of Panda Superwash from Crystal Palace Yarns in the cocoa mint colorway (51% bamboo/39% superwash merino wool/10% nylon, 186 yards per 50 gram skein).

Needles: 2.5 mm INOX dpns. I think these are typically labeled US 2. My gauge was in the 34 sts/4″ range.

These anklets were meant to be, exactly as they are. Simple, straightforward, no futzing! The pairing of yarn and pattern is perfect. Knitting every stitch was delightful, especially watching aqua and blue stitches interrupt the soft, gray brown. The fit is wonderful.

Only a few mods: as I mentioned, I cast on using two US 3 needles held together; otherwise the edge was too tight. I also used a round of purls for the “fold line” instead of a round of knits.

Truthfully, these socks were originally meant for grandma – I think she would love them! She would love the colors, and she would love the wool/bamboo blend and shorter length for the summer. But as I started to knit, I instantly realized that they were coming out too narrow for her feet… and absolutely perfect for mine! Also, I didn’t find the fabric itchy or overwhelmingly warm, so I decided to keep them! We’ll see if I can actually wear them when the cooler weather hits. If not, I have many friends with similarly-sized feet who would happily adopt them ;).

Last, I want to mention that, in my mind, Crystal Palace Yarns continues to be a leader in the bamboo-blend yarn market. I just love their offerings! Panda Silk DK was an amazing choice for the Mother of Pearl scarf. The Panda Cotton that Ms. Bestitched is currently using for her Södera socks is knitting up beautifully. And of course the Panda Superwash I used here proved to be a total winner. Thank you, Susan and the rest of the CPY team, for continuing to provide us with these great bamboo choices!


34 thoughts on “Perfect anklets

  1. mari

    awww… super cute socks for you! i love love love them! here’s hoping for nice cool floors in the wintertime so you get to enjoy wearing them!

  2. GinkgoKnits

    I just used some of the Panda Silk sock yarn and it was very pleasant to work with and the socks look great. My only quibble with it is that the color printing on the skeins didn’t match (as I can see is also true for your socks). While for me there was no pooling-type problems, the patches of contrast color definitely were different sizes which annoyed me slightly.

  3. Owlchick

    Did you use up both skeins entirely? I’m using the same yarn in the Chocolate colorway to do a pair of Blackrose Socks and I’m not sure there’s enough yarn.

    Agree about the yarn; it’s wonderful! Slightly splitty, but I’m taking my time with it and enjoying how it feels and looks.

  4. Karen

    I normally don’t comment (but I’m always impressed with what you do) – but had to let you know I think these are just wonderful – the pattern and the yarn. The book has just gone to the top of my list of books I’d like to buy and I’m going to buy that yarn. Thanks!

  5. Karen

    Ooo–they are so pretty. And I’m glad you finally found a pair of socks for you. If your feet get too hot, wear them with clogs!

  6. Seanna Lea

    I’ve been tempted by some of the Panda sock yarns, but unfortunately they didn’t come in the colors that my MIL asked for last year at Christmas (at least not in the Panda Cotton).

  7. pat

    Those socks look so good! They remind me of mint and chocolate icecream, the way it should be; more chocolate than mint.

    I love the cuff!

  8. Renee

    I agree that the Crystal Palace bamboo line is wonderful. I just finished a Slinky Ribs sweater in the Panka Silk DK – and it’s perfect for the moderate climate I live in!

  9. Josiane

    It’s really nice to see you keeping one of the many pairs of socks you’ve knit! I hope you can comfortably wear them, and won’t have to give them away.

  10. Astoria

    Gorgeous socks, they make me think of ice cream too and I love the cuff! Hopefully you’ll get to enjoy these yourself.

    I used to cast on on larger needles when I needed a loose cast on but I found that I prefer to just leave a lot of room between each stitch when casting on. I cast on a stitch and then slide it down the needle a bit (a quarter inch? less?) and then hold my thumb on it and the space in front of it before casting on the next stitch. I’ve found that I really just need more space between each stitch as I cast on, not extra big stitches.

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