Welcome to the Summer Of Socks: Pattern Roundup Part Two! Earlier this month we highlighted some solid beginner’s patterns, designs that played with colour, and explored the SweetGeorgia Yarns collection of in-house sock patterns. In this installment, let’s look at some patterns with inventive shapes and novel cable designs!
Need to add a little spice to your knitting repertoire? Take a walk on the wild side with these designs that use interesting construction methods:
The Boscombe Socks by Betty Salpekar – Photos © Knitscene/Harper Point Photography
Published in Knitscene Summer 2014, the Boscombe Socks by Lisa Jacobs are a unique and beautiful addition to any sock knitter’s pattern collection. Twin columns of ribbing that cross over each other before drawing apart once more, creating whimsical open spaces along the front of the leg. The reverse stockinette background showcases a semi-solid yarn wonderfully.
Circinus by Rich Ensor – Photos © Rich Ensor
Rich Ensor designed the gorgeous Circinus socks for Knitty Deep Fall 2013. This asymmetrical design features a beautiful cabled motif traveling across the top of the foot. The second sock is knit in reverse for a mirrored effect.
The Forester Socks by Betty Salpekar – Photos sourced from Interweave Knits, Summer 2014
The Forester Socks features a brand new sock-knitting technique: the Solefull construction method. Designed by Betty Salpekar, these socks are extra soft and cushy because a strand of mohair and silk has been carried along when knitting the soles. The unique design on the top of the sock showcases every hue of a handpainted yarn.
These patterns use cables to create dramatic movement over the surface of your foot. Some designs are worked over the entire sock, while others provide a more subtle hint of sophistication.
The Professor Higgins Socks by Caoua Coffee – Photos © CaouaCoffee
The Professor Higgins socks are full of twists and turns, much like the transformational relationship between Eliza Doolittle and the snobbish Professor Henry Higgins of “My Fair Lady” (1956). Caoua Coffee has made this beautiful sock design available as a free pattern Ravelry. This pattern is knit from the cuff-down and contains charted cable patterns.Designer Katie Douglass got her inspiration for the Trickle Socks from watching the London rain pooling in her windowsill. “Trickle socks have a continuous stream of stitches that start in the cuff. They wander down the leg, where some of them trickle off the heel. The rest of the stitches trickle on down the foot before pooling at the toe. At least this rain is comfortable and warm to wear!”
Torrent Socks by Tin Can Knits – Photos © tincanknits
The Torrent Socks, designed by Tin Can Knits, are inspired by the torrential running waters of many of BC’s rivers. The beautiful blue waters flow between rocks, shaping the coastal landscape as they run to the Pacific Ocean. These socks are part of a larger collection, Pacific Knits, and the Ravelry page features a wealth of helpful tutorials including how to cast on, knitting in the round, and how to graph using the kitchener stitch.
Designs from Maureen Foulds new e-book, “The Agatha Christie Series, Volume 2 (The Poirot Collection)” – Photos © Maureen Foulds
“Wow” was all I could say when I discovered Maureen Foulds stunning pattern collection,“The Agatha Christie Series, Volume 2 (The Poirot Collection)”. Each of these five patterns features brilliantly worked cable motifs in one of our semi-solid colourways. Roger Ackroyd reminds me of a classic fisherman’s sweater but knit with our Tough Love Sock. Dainty, intricate wedges flow up the front of the Miss Lemon socks while a subtle ‘seam’ detail reminiscent of vintage stockings graces the back. The Blue Train Mystery, Captain Hastings, and The Big Four complete the ensemble, each sporting elegant cables and perfect proportions.
Maureen Foulds has generously offered a special coupon code just for YOU, Summer of Socks-A-Longers! From July 15th to August 15th 2014, use the coupon code sweetgeorgia at check-out to purchase any of the 6 patterns from the Poirot collection for $3.00 instead of $4.50. Please feel free to use it as many times as you like! Thank you Maureen!
What pattern are you planning on casting on this summer? Do you prefer to knit toe-up or cuff down? Tell us about your pattern ideas on the Spin and Knit-A-Long Ravelry forum, or share your photos and thoughts on Twitter or Instagram!
From all of us as SGY, happy knitting!