When I reviewed Cookie A’s book Sock Innovation, I mentioned that I’d like to knit the Kai-Mei socks one day because I loved the unique design. Since then, I couldn’t get it out of my head. Consequently, I asked Phil to bring me a skein of sock yarn from the yarn store near his work after I finished the Fisherman Twist sweater.
He chose this self-striping cashmere yarn by H&W Wolle. It’s soooooo soft and feels luxurious on the skin! To be honest, the colours are out of my comfort zone, especially the light turquoise and brown, but that’s the beauty of sock knitting: they’re a bite-sized opportunity to try a new motif, technique, or colour, and even if you end up feeling meh about the results, you’re only wearing them on your feet. Nobody’s gonna see them besides you, so go crazy!
Don’t get me wrong: I really love the result. The pattern lends itself well to the self-striping yarn. Besides, it’s so much fun to knit! Even the boring ribbing is entertaining because you’re looking forward to the next colour!
The diagonal lace band across the feet is such a fun detail. It isn’t that difficult to knit, either. Basically, you “move” it across the foot by knitting stitches together at one side of it, and making new ones at the other side. It’s a good pattern if you have knitted a couple of socks and have a hankering for something slightly different! I followed the pattern straight through, except that I used 2.5 needles instead of 2.25 ones, and reduced the number of stitches I cast on from 66 to 60, adapting the pattern accordingly going forward. They ended up fitting me well.
Pattern: Kai-Mei by Cookie A
Yarn: H&W Wolle Comfort Cashmere Wellness (Fingering, 65% yarn/25% polyamide/10% cashmere), colour 902.04.