Jaywalker Socks

jaywalker extreme closeup

Pattern: Jaywalker, by Grumperina
Yarn: Knitpicks Color Your Own, 1 skein
Needles: US 1 Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs
Started: January 6, 2006
Completed: April 21, 2006
Modifications: Improvised a size one smaller than the smallest given.

Notes: There is not much to say about this pattern that has not already been said, is there? Instead, wouldn't you like to see more photos? Yeah, I thought so:

jaywalker socks jaywalker stitch pattern jaywalker tripod jaywalker in heels

My only beef with these socks really has more to do with my feet than the pattern. I have super wimpy ankles and narrow feet, and the socks gather a bit there. I'm also concerned that they'll slouch for the same reason, so will probably give them the elastic treatment (a la Diana) at some point. Other than that, I applaud Grumperina for creating one of the few patterns that allows self-striping yarn to rise to its full potential!

Posted by jess at April 21, 2006 4:25 PM | TrackBack

Cool socks, Jess. That's some really even striping action, too. Hope Catty's getting back to her old tricks.

Posted by: Kelly at April 21, 2006 5:09 PM

They look great! I've got to say though, having made 4000 of these by now, they are like guaranteed NOT to slouch. Seriously. Where them a bit before you do the elastic.

Posted by: Cara at April 21, 2006 5:09 PM

Great looking socks! The top picture makes your feet look soooo long!

Posted by: Brooke at April 21, 2006 5:31 PM

Great job!

Posted by: Scout at April 21, 2006 6:01 PM

Very nice. You know, I am a grumpy person. I do not like bright colors, but spring has done something to me. I said it before and I'll say it again. You did a wonderful job dying this yarn. It makes me feel a little happier looking at it.

You know, I cast on just today for my very first pair. I'm using Meilenweit something or other --whatever they call their basic fingering wool. 84 stitches -- yipes! -- it seems like a lot, but people all over say the fabric is not too stretchy. If you don't mind, can you tell me what your foot circumfrence is? I'm sure repeated knitting and ripping is in my future, anyway, as I search for the perfect size, but I'd like to minimize it if possible. Muchas gracias.

Posted by: Katherine at April 21, 2006 6:46 PM

Great Socks!! I just finished my pair too :-) I am interested to see if they will slouch, but they may not... I hope Catty is doing well!

Posted by: margaux at April 21, 2006 8:00 PM

They look great! Your yarn is fabulous.

Heh, I like the Jaywalkers because of how slimming they are to my sturdy ankles. :)

Posted by: Chris at April 21, 2006 8:01 PM

Congrats!!!! Inspired by you fantastic dye job I went out and bought some KoolAid!!! Thank God for the rain, it will give me lots of time to spend with my new yarn ;)

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Posted by: sue at April 21, 2006 8:57 PM

I love the color of your Jaywalkers. They look great!

Posted by: Jaime at April 21, 2006 9:18 PM

Great job and photos!

Posted by: Ava at April 21, 2006 9:28 PM

The socks look great, I definitely need to try the Jaywalker pattern. I have quite the opposite foot issue, with cankles and super-wide feet, maybe we could meld our feet and get a balance? Okay, enough weirdness, I hope that Catty's recovery is going smoothly.

Posted by: Schrodinger at April 21, 2006 9:49 PM

Yay for Jays! V. cute! Would you like them to appear in the gallery? I eagerly await the next Catty update.

Posted by: grumperina at April 21, 2006 10:22 PM

You were saying you would finish those by the end of the year!
Look in less than a month!!
great job, love them!
As i said before, adore the colorway!!!

Posted by: Olga at April 21, 2006 10:34 PM

They're beautiful!!! Way to dye your own self-striping yarn, I'm amazed. You got such great colors with the Kool-Aid!
Did you take out a whole pattern repeat to size them down? I've been wanting to make some, but I, too, it seems, have smaller and narrower feet than I thought I did.
Hope Catty's doing well. :)

Posted by: Jessica at April 22, 2006 1:29 AM

Yay for a great pair of Jaywalkers!

Posted by: Emma at April 22, 2006 3:49 AM

They look great! I love seeing jaywalkers with shoes! Nice job, mini feet!

Posted by: Aimee at April 22, 2006 9:40 AM

They're super! The pattern really shows off your fantastic dyeing job. And I love the socks with heels look too!

Posted by: megan at April 22, 2006 9:46 AM

agh, i hate you. i only wish I could complain about having skinny ankles and narrow feet. My ankles look like tree stumps and I have the feet of a hobgoblin. Double agh. That's the thing I love about the Jaywalker. They have a great slimming effect I do so appreciate. Grumperina=Genius.

Anyhoo, enough about my problems. Very lovely Jaywalkers, the self-striping yarn came out quite faboo. I honestly can say I will never get sick of a) knitting Jaywalker socks b) talking about Jaywalker sock and c) watching other knit and talk about Jaywalker socks.

Posted by: Sandra at April 22, 2006 7:12 PM

These socks are marvellous! And, with heels too!
Cheers, LJ

Posted by: louise at April 26, 2006 7:34 AM

Jess...your socks rock! Love the colour. Also, I would never think that wearing socks with heels could look sexy, but your feet totally pull it off.

Posted by: tara at May 1, 2006 12:35 PM
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