My friend and co-worker has been wonderful to me. She's helped me out with some work stuff that truly would have been miserable without her help. So, as a knitter, I decided what better way to say thank you than handknit socks?
We always joke that my friend is pretty plain jane about clothes and colors, so I went to the stash and found some charcoal grey Regia Silk. Perfect. I couldn't bear the boredom of 2 completely plain grey socks though, so I threw a cable twist into a 2x2 rib.
A few friends have expressed interest in the pattern, so I'll share. It's really more of a recipe though.
Cabled Thank You Socks
2 balls Regia Silk
US size 2 Needles
Cast on 64 stitches (or whatever multiple of 4 makes you happy)
Rounds 1-3 - Work in 2x2 rib
Round 4: C1B, P2 around. (Cable without a cable needle by knitting the second stitch first)
Repeat these 4 rounds until desired leg length.
Work the short row heel of your choice over half the stitches. (I used a YO short row heel. A tutorial can be found here.)
Continue working in rounds, in pattern, until foot is 2 inches less than desired length. Work your favorite toe. I used a round toe as follows:
(Knit 6, K2tog) around
Knit 5 rounds
(K5, K2tog) around
Knit 4 rounds
(K4, K2tog) around
Knit 3 rounds
(K3, K2tog) around
Knit 2 rounds
(K2, K2tog) around
Knit 1 round
(k1, K2tog) around
K2tog - around (8 stitches remain)
Break yarn, draw through remaining stitches with a yarn needle and pull to close.