Becky Sorensen's Sterntaler Socks Pattern Review

Hello my dears,

I was planning to write a book review of Howl's Moving Castle today, but I have something much more exciting to share! Don't worry, the book review will be coming very soon.

At the end of November Becky of the S{tr}inging It Together podcast put out a testing call on Instagram. I was more than happy to volunteer and was thrilled when I was able to pattern test for her! She has just released the Sterntaler Socks today, and the best part is: They are a free pattern if you sign up for her newsletter. Be sure to go check them out! And now let me share my version with you.

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Unfortunately Evan is feeling very unwell and is laying on the couch with a fever so I couldn't have him take pictures of the socks. Hopefully you will still be able to get a good idea of what my socks look like on. It is surprisingly difficult to take good photos of one's feet!!

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I knit the size Small. I cast on 56 stitches, and worked in pattern for about 8 inches before starting the heel. Now, normally I do a Fish Lips Kiss heel for my socks. I have it memorized and it is the only heel I have attempted after my complete and utter failure of a heel flap and gusset on my first sock. (Said sock was enormous and ended up being frogged.) For this pattern, Becky requested that we either follow the included afterthought heel instructions or try her New Depths Heel pattern. I haven't worked up the courage to try an afterthought heel, so I decided on the NDH.

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It did not go as well as I expected. Please believe me, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG with the New Depths Heel pattern. I struggled with it but only because I have gotten into a specific rhythm with the Fish Lips Kiss heel pattern. I don't tend to stray from my comfort zone when it comes to techniques. I like to use what I know works which explains why I make patterns multiple times.

I shall try not to give anything away since the NDH is a paid for pattern. The Sterntaler socks have a seed stitch pattern on both the front and back of the sock. The back seed stitch panel fades out before the heel so that you can have a nice smooth bottom to your sock. During that fade out, you are also supposed to make increases for the heel. I had some difficulty with that, but Becky has since added some information based on tester's feedback to make it easier to understand. But that initial confusion made the rest of the heel seem ten times harder! Isn't it funny how our brains work like that? The second heel was considerably easier.

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Honestly? I would like to try the NDH pattern again on a vanilla sock. It does fit my heel very well and I think it deserves a second change now that I've managed to set aside my first impressions. 

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I also wanted to make a quick note about the toe. In the pattern it has you decrease until you have 8 stitches total left. I don't care for pointy toes on my socks. Instead of decreasing that far, I did my normal rounded toe. I decreased until I had 24 stitches left total and then kitchener stitched it closed. It works perfectly for me every time!

I used a skein of Emmy Couture Yarns in the Christmas Pudding colorway. I love the fun red/green spiral going around the leg of the sock! I think it is super cool. They're beautifully festive without being too bright. I wore them either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, I can't remember exactly which. (There are a couple more skeins of this colorway in my shop, but I won't be dying any more until next Christmas.)

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I should like to knit these again but I think I will omit the back seed stitch section. It would make the socks even faster to knit! I highly recommend these if you are a beginner sock knitter that wants something a little more interested without being overly complicated. These really do knit up very quickly!

~Emily

P.S. You can take a peek at my Ravelry page here if you so desire.