I've mentioned a few times over the last little while that I was knitting a test pattern for some socks. It's been an exercise in patience to keep it under wraps because I absolutely love the socks and I've had them finished for just over a month now, but I no longer have to wait! Maggie Menzel has just released her pattern, Cirque , for purchase on Ravelry.
These socks were pretty simple to knit, but look intricate. I always think it rather fun when you can knit a pattern that sneakily looks far more complicated than it actually is! The pattern itself has a really great size range from an x-small with a cast on of 56 stitches all the way up to an x-large with a cast on of 72 stitches so there should be a size for everyone! So often, and I'm guilty of it myself with my own socks , patterns are created for a generic medium sized foot. I was really impressed with the effort made by the designer to have all five sizes.
I knit mine using up the leftover Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine yarn from my Sunstruck shawl, which makes a really snuggly warm, but not at all bulky sock. I only used about 285 yds of yarn making them a great stash buster! You could knit them pretty much any length you want the leg from mid calf to just above the ankle depending how much yarn you had. I was worried I'd run out so I knit mine with a leg length of about six inches.
If you want to knit yourself a pair, you can get your own copy for a 20% discount until June 3rd. All the details are the Cirque Socks Ravelry page.