These beauties are one of the very few pairs of socks that I've knit for myself this year, and I've been wearing them so much that I wanted to take photos before they start to look tattered!
As you may have noticed, I don't normally knit from patterns or charts. But on occasion there are exceptions. And when I stumbled upon a picture of the Tiptoe Through the Tulips socks by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka Yarn Harlot), I knew that I had to knit them ...which is kind of nuts, considering how much I dislike intarsia. But the heart wants what it wants, and mine wanted beautiful tulips on my heels.
The pattern is a free ravelry download, and is essentially a colourwork chart for the heel; you can knit the rest of the sock any way you like. The heel needs to be 32 stitches in order for the colour chart to work - so a 64 stitch cast-on for the sock.
I wanted the heels to be the star attraction, so I kept the rest of the socks very plain, using a standard cuff-down construction in stockinette. As far as the yarn, I used some leftover Scheepjes Invicta which I happened to have in appropriate colours: a bright light green for the main sock, a dark green for the tulip leaves and the toe, and a deep burgundy-ish red for the flowers.
Unsurprisingly for someone who dislikes intarsia, I did not love the process of knitting these socks - sitting there with a chart for an hour per heel is just not my idea of fun. But honestly it was worth it, because I love the result. And even though my colourwork is not exactly tidy, I don’t care - these socks are beautiful! I mean, there are tulips on my heels. Tulips!
Even though I finished these socks in back in April, I didn't manage to photograph them amidst actual tulips, during tulip season, so you will have to forgive me.
Also, bear in mind that the photos were taken after I had already been wearing the socks for a good few months, so if you notice signs of wear that is why. That said, you can see the heels are holding up fairly well. So a thumbs up for the Scheepjes Invicta yarn in the durability department.
If you are a sock knitter and a fan of intarsia, you will love knitting these socks. If you are only the former, but are as smitten with the design as I am - well then I think it's worth the effort. The 3-colour chart is not difficult. It's just... well, you know! Intarsia,
In any case, you can have a look at the ravelry pattern and see for yourself. I am glad I did, and a big thanks to Yarn Harlot for sharing the design.