Earlier this year, the wonderful folks at Interweave contacted me to see if I would do a sock pattern for a super-secret project. Of course I said yes. It turns out the project is the new e-mag Sockupied, which is an interactive magazine devoted entirely to socks.
My project is the Crystalline Socks. The project was presented to me as a challenge: Interweave would send me a solid sock yarn and a variegated sock yarn. I was to design a sock that looked equally good in both yarns. Designing with variegated yarn can be a tricky proposition. The color changes can be unpredictable, and the shifting colors can take away from any patterning. I knew I wanted to keep my design reasonably simple, yet interesting enough that a solid color sock would be fun to knit, too. Small scale motifs are often good for this purpose.
These socks are knit from the cuff down. The cuffs are knit in a simple irregular rib that transitions into a lace and twisted stitch motif. The toes and heel flaps are worked in a twisted rib. The sample socks are both knit in Cascade Heritage — one in a solid, the other in a variegated. Heritage is a wonderful workhorse sock yarn — great durability, nice range of colors, and extremely affordable. Of course, I am sure the pattern would work up great in any number of fingering weight yarns out there.
Enjoy the pattern! I know I plan on making a pair for me.
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