Climb Socks

These socks were the reason I bought this book!

climb socks from journey

The book I’m referring to is Journey, by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, two local knitwear designers. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting both of them in real life at Knit City! The cool part about buying a book of patterns is all of the colour photos, especially this specific book. The photos make you want to get outdoors, preferably in head-to-toe knitwear. It’s the kind of imagery that makes you want to be the woman in the book, wearing her striped work socks and cool lace-up boots and cosy sweater. (Check out more sock images on Jane’s blog here.)

Ravelry notes here. I’ve been wanting a classic pair of work socks, with the red stripe, but couldn’t find them. Or rather I could find them, but not in a small enough size. Even store-bought socks in my correct size tend to be square across the toe. Knitting your own socks allows you to customize the fit of the toe for a snug fit, no lumps!

climb socks

I’m wearing them over fleece-lined tights that you guys recommended in the winter cycling post – thank you! They’re so soft and warm, I love them.

Learned new techniques: the Turkish cast-on. It’s illustrated in the book with drawings for each step, which I found really helpful.

I like the stripes because you could use up leftover bits of sock yarn, they don’t have to be red. In fact you could even do the toes in a different colour, or do the left and right foot in different colours. Although now I have a new reason to hang on to every leftover bit of yarn!

The only drawback of knitting stripes is that there are more ends to work in. Usually there’s just the toe and the heel, two ends per sock, but knitting with three colours gives you more ends to work in at the end.

climb socks


I made the stripe jog, the little mis-matching section where the stripe colour changes, at the inside of each leg. I switched position for the second sock, so if I think about it when I put them on, I can always put the jogged section in the inside and the nicer-looking section on the outside.

climb socks from journey

I knit them at a tighter gauge. In the pattern, Jane specifies that these socks are supposed to be knit at a loose gauge, but that it will make less hard-wearing socks. Well I prefer my socks to be hard-wearing, that’s sort of my purpose for knitting my own socks! I want them to be long lasting. So I changed the pattern to be knit at my usual sock gauge. I did this by using sock-size needles (2.25mm) and increasing to the usual number of stitches for the foot, instead of the loose-gauge number of stitches. It worked!

climb socks

I really love these, and I can see myself using the pattern many times in other colour combinations. I like the classic look of these. Don’t get me wrong, I love crazy rainbow socks too, especially when they’re hidden away inside boots as my little secret, but these are going to look awesome in shorter boots to show off the stripes.


36 Responses to Climb Socks

  1. Elisabeth February 3, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    I just knitted a sweater using needles 6,5 mm, so knitting socks with such small needles seems to require some more time and patience!
    But they look great! I like the look of knitwear with small gauge.

  2. linda February 3, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    You knit beautifully…

  3. autumn February 3, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    oh, yay! these are great! i saw them on ravelry, but i’m sad, as i don’t want the whole book. good to know that they are designer to be looser, as i’d also want them tighter/normal sock knitting gauge.

    • Elizabeth February 3, 2014 at 7:42 am #

      You can buy just the Climb pattern if you don’t want the book!

      • autumn February 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

        oh! i didn’t see that – thanks!!

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      Yes, you can get the individual pattern! I bought the book because I was there at Knit City when she launched it, but I liked a few of the patterns so the purchase felt worthwhile. And I really like Jane and Shannon, so I wanted to support their work :)

  4. Julianne February 3, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    Beautiful socks! The colors are bright and go together nicely. And they look so cozy!

    Are you familiar with jogless stripes? Basically you knit the whole row of the new color, and slip the first stitch when you come around to wear the join is. It helps to smooth out the jog.

    So far I’ve been using self-striping yarn for socks, so I haven’t had much opportunity to use that trick myself.

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:10 am #

      Thanks Julianne! I’ll have to try that technique especially in high-contrast stripes.

    • Virginia February 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

      Surely the good point of the jogs is that you can always put the same socks on the same feet? That way they fit better. :-)

      • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

        Actually that is a good point – that way, the worn-out parts stay in the same place. And the toes probably start to take on the shape of your feet too.

  5. Sheryl February 3, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    I love knitting socks. These are great and I would love to see them poking out of the top of boots!

  6. maddie February 3, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Oh how I wish I had a pair of these right now. It’s snowing today – like we need more of that?!?

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      Oh no, snow! :) Here it’s cold enough to snow but sunny and dry. (Which is totally fine by me!)

  7. Kaye February 3, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    I wish I were a better knitter! Such lovely socks!

  8. Sewbussted February 3, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    I love the socks!!! So cute :)

  9. Sara February 3, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    These turned out great! I LOVE the Turkish cast-on instructions provided and I was so curious to try it that I cast these on in a solid sock colour (well, hand painted so not solid but no contrasting toe or stripe) right away. I’m not sure I am 100% sold on the fit of the sock though. I also knit them at a tighter gauge to make a sturdier sock but I find the long, narrow tube a wee awkward. Certainly these socks take a little more effort to get on than my standard top-down knit socks but maybe they will wear better…? Have to finish the second sock before I can really give them a try. Or maybe I just need to make them a little larger! I’m also having my usual problem with the cast-off. I tend to knit so tightly that no cast-off is ever elastic enough! I use the sewn bind-off recommended in the pattern often enough to know that it wasn’t going to be sufficient so I went with the slightly stretchier tubular cast-off. It’s ok but I feel like I have to be very careful when putting these on or I can going to bust that edge! Anyway, I’m still excited to make the work sock version now that I have some appropriate sock yarn!

    • Sue February 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      For yet another stretchy bindoff, check out the Icelandic bindoff from

      • Sara February 4, 2014 at 11:32 am #

        Thanks! Will do!

      • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:05 am #

        Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      I didn’t really follow the long narrow tube directions, I think that is probably required for the fit of the loose gauge socks, but since I tightened my gauge up I also increased to a usual 64 sts around the foot. Basically I used the design and stripe pattern from this pattern, but followed the needle size and stitch amounts of a regular sock pattern.
      I did the sewn bind-off and it’s OK for me but I don’t knit super-tightly, Sue recommended another bind off so maybe that will work better for you!

  10. Miss Crayola Creepy February 3, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    You are on a knitting roll! I’m impressed with all the projects you have been posting!

  11. Stephanie February 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    Lovely socks. I have to smile too bc I sometimes knit socks since rtw are often too small to be comfy on my feet.

  12. Sarah February 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    These are really cute! Thanks for sharing

  13. Kirsty February 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    These socks are perfection! They seriously look store-bought.

  14. catherine February 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    Lovely. You have a great eye.

  15. Helen February 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Great socks!
    Over the last few month I’ve become addicted to knitting socks – no fancy patterns yet and usually a self striping or self pattern yarn. But I just love the end result.
    Enjoying all your knitting posts!

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      You know, I prefer plain sock patterns to the fancy ones. I like the simple look and I like knitting plain stockinette or a very subtle pattern. Makes them easier to knit on the go!

  16. Meg the Grand February 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    These look great! Love that you can use this pattern to reduce stashed sock yarn bits :)

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      Oh for sure! You don’t need much for a contrast stripe or two.

  17. Susan February 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

    Loving the socks! In the summer you inspired me to sew again after abou 20 years . Now you’ve got me knitting again! Any chance of you heading to Scotland in the future, your talents would be well appreciated in Linlithgow : )

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      I love Scotland! I visited when I was 19 and almost decided to stay. :) Would love to visit again!

  18. Youanna February 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

    Nice socks! Warm enough for Canadian winters?

    • Tasia February 5, 2014 at 9:04 am #

      Well that depends on where in Canada you are! In Vancouver it’s not quite as cold as the rest of the country so they’re great. Perhaps not warm enough on their own, for Montreal or the prairies!

  19. Ally - Design Rewind Fashions February 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    These are so cool! I so have to learn to knit!!!

  20. Amanda February 4, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Socks are on my to-do list this year, and these ones are so soo cool – well done! (I love Jane too! ^__^)

  21. Kathy February 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Wish I had those socks on now…bet they are nice and warm!!