This week, Knitty launched its 15th anniversary issue, and I am delighted to be one of the contributors. Since this is a special occasion, Amy did provide guidance to design something inspired by the one of the patterns featured in the past 15 years. Of course, I knew I wanted to do something based on Monkey because what sock designer out there can’t say they haven’t been influenced by Cookie.
I played with several ideas, most of which will never see the light of day. Inspiration finally struck in the middle of the night to do something colorwork. At this point in the process, I had been staring at the Monkey charts so much that I could see them in my sleep. I focused on the triangles formed from the purl stitches, and that was the starting point for Lesula.
As much as I love colorwork socks, the tendency for a jog to occur in the pattern really bothers me. This is a consequence of the fact that knitting in the round is really knitting in a spiral. I admire people who can live with the job, sadly I’m not one of them. There are ways to deal with this. When I worked on Cordon, I incorporated the jog into the pattern. For these socks, I basically broke the jog by incorporating a colorwork seam into the back of the legs.
Technically, the jog is still there. It’s just not apparent because of the seam. That seam pattern also gets reused on the sole, which appeals to my desire to keep things tied together.
The architecture of the sock is the typical top down, heel flap & gusset construction. The only potentially tricky thing is the sock starts in the middle of the back of the leg. If you are working these socks on two circular needles or are working two-at-a-time, you’ll need to rearrange some stitches when you get to the heel flap. Also, since I’m sure someone will eventually ask, the longest float is 5 stitches, so hopefully no one’s toe will get caught.
On a completely different note, I would like to thank everyone for the well wishes earlier this month. The area where I live was extremely fortunate. The hurricane really only caused damage to some trees. I was never without power, and only lost internet for one day (ironically, this was 3 days after the storm). The area has mostly returned to normal. Grocery stores are fully stocked, and gasoline no longer requires sitting in long lines. There is just some remaining debris here and there.