Knitting on the Road: Canada • Canal du Midi • Conwy • Dalarna • Denmark • Friday Harbor • Hiiumaa • Huron Mountain • New England • The Road to Oslo • Santa Fe • Spey Valley • Christmas in Tallinn • Traveler's Stockings • Uinta Cabin • Unst • Whitby
Full disclosure: this is actually my second go at these socks. On my first go I used navy as the second contrast colour but found it too dark and too close to the dark green contrast colour. Oh, and I messed up the chart too on that first go.
Now with peacock blue for contrast the colours are playing nicely together and my Christmas in Tallinn sock is well underway. The pattern as written directs that the last nineteen rounds of the chart are to be worked twice but I think once will be enough for me - after all I want a wearable sock not a Christmas stocking. If you click the above photo to enlarge you will see that the variegation of the dark coloured yarn is detectable. It's a bit more subtle than I had hoped but I'm only about a third of the way through the cuff chart. Maybe it'll become more obvious as I knit more?
The sock begins with a "double-start cast on" which I'm now (finally) able to do without prompting from diagrams or a YouTube video. The next two rounds of the cuff are an Estonian pattern called Kihnu Vits - alternating colours knit in round one are purled with the opposing colour in round two while both yarns are carried in front of the knitting so that the purl bump from round one and the float from round two create a lateral braid. Cool huh?