Knitty Surprise

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This has been an exciting week. Wednesday, Knitty published the surprises for the Spring/Summer 2014 issue, and one of the surprises is Neldoreth, a sock pattern by me.

This pattern has been in the works for a very long time. I started swatching in Feb 2013 while sitting in Susie’s living room. I’ve been tinkering with this pattern since. The cable was tweaked; the textured stitches were tweaked; and I embarked on a yarn over vs. M1 debate with myself. I am very pleased with the final result, and I have to give credit to Kate Atherley, who very rightly suggested changing the rate at which the cables travel across the instep to address some puckering. Kate really knows her stuff when it comes to sock knitting, and I’ve really enjoyed working with her.

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I named these socks after a beech forest inĀ The Silmarillion. To me, these look like socks that elves would wear, so I turned to the world of fantasy literature to find a name. To be honest, I find naming patterns more challenging than actually designing patterns. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

The reaction on ravelry has been flattering and humbling. It delights me to see that people like the pattern, and I’m thrilled to see that some folks have already cast on. I look forward to seeing their finished projects.

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Twisted, Cabled Progress

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The leg feels like it’s close to being finished. I’ll use my scientific approach towards determining the leg length, which entails holding it up next to a completed sock to see if the leg might be long enough.

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Socks in Their Infancy

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I know this doesn’t look like much, but those sock four rows are the result of at least two weeks of swatching, charting, and scribbling. Ideas would form, and fall apart. I think I’ve finally stumbled upon something that will do this yarn some justice. It’s Skinny Bugga!, so it deserves to be treated well.

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Circinus Instep Charts

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I’ve been spending some playing with my charting software as I’ve been swatching away for a new pair of socks. I thought, it might not be a bad idea to publish some updated charts for Circinus. I find that I’m getting more than a few questions from people when they get to the instep, which I can understand. The original charts require one to pay close attention. The only other alternative that I can imagine is to create charts for the entire instep, which makes for charts on the larger side. Since it was never my intent to frustrate or confuse people, I’ve decided that perhaps larger charts would be helpful. That said, I’m always happy to answer questions, so don’t hesitate.

I have split these in half (top and bottom) in an effort to facilitate printing. I’ve also added a little PDF and Print icon to the blog, so if you want to download a PDF or print this post, it will hopefully be a simple matter of clicking.

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Left Instep Bottom Chart

Left Instep Bottom

Left Instep Top Chart

Left Instep Top

Right Instep Bottom Chart

Right Instep Bottom

Right Instep Top Chart

Right Instep Top

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Colorwork Socks are Off the Needles

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I finished my socks this week, and thrilled with the way they turned out. The colors work really well together. There are four motifs playing around on these socks. There’s a background motif based on something I saw on Pinterest. A second motif runs down the side of the leg. It’s there to break up any jogs in the colorwork. I played around with some graph paper, and came up with the motif that wraps around the leg and bounces off the side of the instep. Last, there’s a simple motif on the foot of the sock.

While that sounds like a lot to keep track of, once I got going, it’s pretty intuitive. The second sock practically flew off the needles.

The yarn is Plucky Feet. If you ever have a chance to get it, you should. The colors are amazing. The yardage is excellent, and the yarn is a nice wool/nylon blend, so it should stand up to wear.

Now that these are done, I’m trying to figure out what to make next. I’ve been swatching all weekend, and am starting to develop a serious case of “MUST KNIT ALL THE THINGS.”

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