Sunday, February 24, 2013

Year of Projects 2: Lichen Ribbed Socks


Folk Knitting in Estonia: Aino's Gloves • Anu's Christmas Gloves • Anu's Mittens • Anu's Stockings • Avo's Mittens • Ellen's Stockings • Helgi's Mittens • Hilja's Mittens • Ilmar's Socks • Juta's Stockings • Kalev's Mittens • Kristi's Mittens • Laila's Socks • Landra's Gloves • Liidia's Gloves • Liivi's Stockings • Maarja's Socks • Maimu's Mittens • Marko's Mittens • Meida's Mittens • Merike's Gloves • Rita's Stockings • Sander's Mittens • Tiit's Socks • Ulla's Gloves • Virve's Stockings

Knitting Vintage Socks: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern (1887) • Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch (1889) • Gentleman's Socks with Lozenge Pattern (1895) • Bed Sock in Lemon Pattern Fancy Knit Stripe (1896) • Cycling or Golf Stockings with Fancy Cuff in Trellis Pattern (1897) • Heelless Sleeping Socks (1897) • Child's French Sock in Citron Pattern and Diaper Knitting (1898) • Child's First Sock in Shell Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern (1899) • Gentleman's Sock for Evening Wear (1900) • Evening Stockings for a Young Lady (1900) • Fancy Silk Sock for a Child of 5 or 6 Years (1900) • Gentleman's Fancy Sock (1901)  Gentleman's Plain Winter Sock with Dutch Heel (1901) • Child's Sock in Miranda Pattern (1904)  Baby's Bootikin (1905)    Little Child's Sock (1907)    Ladies Useful Stockings (1913)    Ladies Silk Stockings with Clocks (1914)

My guess is that when designer Nancy Bush dubbed this sock pattern "Lichen Ribbed Socks" she had in mind the yarn dye colour. I haven't any naturally dyed lichen coloured yarn, but I do seem to have selected sock yarn scraps that fit the "lichen" colour scheme. I guess I'm that suggestible!

The colour scheme for these socks began with 42 grams of the main colour - a dark green/blue sock yarn for which the ball band went missing years ago. I'm using the main colour for the cuffs, heels and toes and then striping in light colours alternating 4 rounds light with 2 rounds of main colour. If my math is correct I should have just enough main colour.

The pattern is written for 60 stitches on 2.5mm needles but these yarn leftovers are too lightweight for that needle size. Instead I've added two repeats around the leg to bring my primary stitch count to 68 stitches on 2.0 mm needles. The resulting sock seems to be about a ladies medium. It's snug on my huge feet.

The heel of this sock is really interesting; it's a "Welsh Heel" and it's entirely different from any heel construction I've seen before. The decreases are worked on the right side rows of the heel only and are worked along each side of the heel as well as on either side of a seam stitch at the centre of the heel. The result is kind of squarish with a thick ridge on the bottom of the foot. Will it be comfortable? The fit is nice on my foot, but I'll have to wait until the sock is done and worn to form a definite opinion.

16 comments:

Dee said...

Of all the socks you've shown, I think this one just might be my favorite. Beautiful color combination!

cleancup said...

They look beautiful-- maybe the ridge is wide enough that it will act as a cushion, not an irritant?

Alicia Landi said...

Fun colors! I've never done a welsh heel, that's interesting.

Chrisknits said...

Love the color scheme! The purl stitches almost make the ditch seem to be the dark yarn.

stefanie g-r said...

Love your socks so far! The Welsh heel sounds intriguing, I'll have to check out that pattern!

Gracey is not my name.... said...

The color scheme is great...and can't wait to see what you think of the Welsh heel....I still consider myself a new sock knitter, but it is the reason I started knitting...

Ruth McKeon said...

I love the colours you've chosen and I see what you mean about the heel, hoping it is comfortable.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

Sounds like an interesting heel, and I can't wait to hear your review of it "in action." I love the colors you've put together for this sock - very earthy and peaceful.

Frieda said...

I just love your colour choice ! The heel construction looks interesting , I'm curious to see how it holds up compared to other methods .

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Love the colours you've chosen! Excellent combo.

DeliaKnits said...

interesting color choices and I've never heard of that heel before.

nauget bluff said...

I've just figured out a "regular" heel..but the welsh sound interesting and must remember to look it up..

Angela@ Knit Luck said...

Oh man, heel construction....no better way to add interest to a vanilla sock...

Faith (the Vampire Slayer) said...

I love that you've done your own striping. Very cool socks.

Cris Crochets said...

I do like the color of these socks - VERY nice. You will have to let us know the comfort of that heel... I am not sure I'm good with the ridge in the middle BUT one never knows!

Kepanie said...

You are such an adventurous sock knitter. It amazes me how many different heels there are out there. You are fast too.