Pattern: Gentleman's Shooting Stockings with Fluted Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: A whole bunch of scraps!
• Meilenweit 100 Merino from Lana Grossa for charcoal grey cuff, heel and toe
• 1st stripe (blue) is SRK On Your Toes
• 2nd stripe (grey) is Sandnes Garn Sisu
• 4th stripe (green) is Malabrigo Sock
• 5th stripe (blue) is Fleece Artist BFL
• 7th stripe (grey) is Sandnes Garn Sisu
• 8th stripe (blue) is Studio June Sydney Sock
• 9th stripe (blue/brown) is Wandering Cat BFL
Needles: size 0 (2.00 mm) Blackthorns
Modifications: I added a knit row to begin each colour change, but otherwise these socks are knitted as written.
Comments: Can you tell that I ran out of yarn on the first blue stripe of the second sock? I had to supplement with another blue that's a shade or two darker for the third pattern repeat. Oh dear, I thought, I hope I haven't miscalculated on all the stripes! But no, just that one. Still, they are scrappy socks and the intention was to run out of yarn, so Mission Accomplished.
The fluted pattern continues down the heel flap - and that looks nice - but it's bumpier than I'd like for comfort. If I did this pattern again I'd work the heel flap in eye of partridge instead. I wasn't entirely convinced about the calf shaping as it looked kind of lame in the pattern photos and illustrations, but it looks just fine when worn and the fit is wonderful. One more thing? The cuff is really generous, but that's a good thing for knee socks. I could even wear the cuff folded over.
For a scrappy pair of socks, these have been a pleasant surprise. Now I just have to decide whether I keep them for myself or give them away. They fit me beautifully but they'd do more good for someone up North who has more need of wool socks. I guess I've talked myself into sending these socks to the Warm Hands Network, haven't I? Once again, it's finished object Friday and I'm linking up with Tami's Amis. It's almost Easter; I hope to find a bunny or two in those links.