I was idly browsing the Ravelry Free Pattern Testers forums one day and I ran across the Adrenaline Junkie socks designed by Kino Knits. I’ve made a few socks (and even a couple of pairs!) in the past but these really caught my attention because of the dropped stitches. Yes, dropping stitches. On purpose. Normally I don’t need any prompting to drop stitches – I drop them all over the place as it is – but it intrigued me, so I decided to have a go! The sample shown in the photo showed a self striping yarn, so I decided that a brave pattern called for a brave colour choice and I settled on this lovely from my stash (please note that the pictures are a little wonky because my camera really does not like the fluorescent colours):
That eye searing example is Regia Fluormania, a now discontinued yarn and the colour is Neon Beach. I picked this yarn up from John Lewis a couple of years ago intending to make a shawl out of it and I was on the point of casting on another Wingspan when I saw these awesome socks and knew that was the right yarn for the job! I ordered myself some 2.25mm KnitPro Zing needles from Wool Warehouse (the smallest size I owned at that point was 2.5mm so I was a little intimidated by the needle size!) and then got to work.
The pattern is constructed cuff down and uses a pretty stitch pattern that gives a lovely appearance to the finished sock. This was my first time knitting a sock with a patterned leg, but once I got into the rhythm everything went quite quickly!
When the time came to drop the stitches I sat and stared at the knitting for the longest time. What if I made a mistake and the stitches don’t drop all the way? What if the dropped stitches don’t stop? *brain explodes*. Eventually, after a little coaxing from my husband, I worked up the courage to drop the first stitch… and fortunately everything was completely fine!
The only trouble I had was that the yarn actually sticks to itself a little too well for this technique, so I had to fight the stitch all the way down. This is a problem with this yarn (which has a surprising amount of halo for a sock yarn) and if you choose a more slippery yarn (I have some Wendy Happy in stash that would work really well, for example) you should have no problems!
Next up was the heel turn, which was a type of heel I haven’t seen before, but the instructions were easy to follow so I managed it with little difficulty.
The sprint down to the toe was plain sailing and I managed it more quickly than I thought! Finally the toe was decreased and Kitchener stitched up (I needed a refresher on this, so I used this article on Knitty)
The fit is just right and I love the look of the dropped stitches!
So far I’ve only made the first sock, I’ll be getting on with the second one in the near future so I can show off the pair but I wanted to share because Adrenaline Junkie is a really fun pattern! I had no problems during the knit, Adrenaline Junkie is clever enough to keep you interested, yet straightforward enough to get into and still maintain a conversation. I consider myself a lower intermediate knitter and it was both fun and within my skillset. I’m not overly happy with the yarn I chose though, as I was expecting the colour repeats to be shorter. In fact, there was one point on the leg of the sock where I was yelling at the ball because I wanted some blue! The finished effect is nice, but I’m glad I made socks with it and not a shawl! I’ll post an update when I’ve finished the second sock, but for now you can find my project on Ravelry here and thanks for reading!