Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The third month of the Summer of Socks 2012 started yesterday, and I had really hoped to show you my start on the month three pattern. However, after the votes were counted the pattern elected for month three was Simple Skyp Socks - a pattern I've knit before. It's a very simple and charming pattern but not one that I'm interested in repeating right now. Particularly as I don't have any qualifying yarn in my stash to suit that pattern.
Instead I've cast on the pattern that I nominated, Morning Glory Socks. Lucky me, I won the yarn and pattern about a month ago from Wandering Cat Yarn; had it been chosen I would have been already to go for SoS month three! The yarn is Top Cat from Wandering Cat Yarns - that cashmere content makes it absolutely wonderful to touch. The colourway is Black Orchid; it's the most lovely deep berry purple tonal. The pattern features two assymetrical columns of petals - one climbs up from the toe to the cuff at the top of the leg and another that climbs from heel to cuff.
I've changed things up a bit though. First I increased the primary stitch count to 70 so that I could knit the socks on my favourite size 0 Blackthorn DPNs. Next I changed to K3P2 rib from K1P1, because I thought the sturdier rib was less likely to distort around the pattern. Besides I like wide rib. I also made the cuff longer than the pattern as written. And finally I've knit the heel as eye of partridge. The pattern directions have a slipped stitch ribbed heel that flows from the ribbing on the leg, but after changing my ribbing that pattern detail was lost, so eye of partridge it was.
There's lots going on this work-in-progress Wednesday. Have a look at the links at Tami's Amis and prepared to be amazed!