I present the Makana Socks. In Hawaiian, Makana means "gift." My legacy as a knitter is characterized by knitting things for other people. Very few of the things I knitted have ever been for myself; I had a tendency to give them away. But this brings me such great joy. I love sharing my knitting with my loved ones and letting them know how special they are by giving them something I made especially for them. My greatest hope is that others share this joy when they make these socks - either for themselves, or their loved ones.
These socks combine everything I personally love about socks. I make socks more than I make anything else, and my preferred construction methods are top down with a heel flap. I recently discovered how to make a rounded toe which suited this textured pattern a lot better than the typical square toe. The texture pattern itself is stretchy but structured. Laid flat, it looks like a geometric waffle pattern but reveals mini cables when on the foot. These socks hold their shape well; I dislike when socks start to slouch after wearing them around the house a bit. The texture also goes well with a lot of sock yarns: variegated, speckled, solid, self-striping. I look forward to seeing what people make with this pattern.
This is the first pattern I've ever written for publication. The process has been so eye-opening. From the design, to test knitting, note-taking, reknitting with adjustments, photographing, pattern writing, calculating, editing, and actually publishing...! Whew! To be able to do all of this truly is a labor of love and I'm more than a little excited to see it go up on Ravelry!
I hope knitters enjoy knitting this pattern as much as I do. I've already started another pair in a really fun rainbow colorway, and will probably be working on Christmas socks for my family in this pattern.