Adrenaline Junkie Sock – Test Knit 2

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):

Adrenaline Junkie - Needles and yarn

For once the yarn is brighter than my Zings!

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.


Adrenaline Junkie On needles

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!

Sock front 1

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!

Adrenaline Junkie Dropping stitches

Gently persuading a stitch to drop

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!

Dropped Stitches

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.

Adrenaline Junkie Heel turn

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)

Adrenaline Junkie Kitchener in action

Kitchener in action!

The fit is just right and I love the look of the dropped stitches!

Side 1 Back of sock 2 Back of sock 1

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!

About Izzy Tinsley

Izzy is a yarn addict who crafts as often as she is able. You can usually find her with yarn and needles (and a nice cuppa) in the home she shares with her husband, quietly stuffing yarn into every available corner.

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