For the September sock, I used Hazel Knits sock wool, one of two skeins I bought a while ago. It is beautifully hand dyed in a multitude of blue hues. I am rather fond of this yarn actually. So much so that I am going to use the same yarn next month. It is soft and squishy and smells like proper wool should do, with a hint of sheep. Sometimes, super wash wool doesn't smell so nice. I finished knitting this pair of socks during our latest camping weekend and now the smell of sheep wool is barely noticeable, the socks smell positively smoky.
If you remember my last post, I was trying to get a lace zigzag pattern running along the sock, but not one that spirals around the sock. Zigzags per se are not tricky but the lace aspect made it a bit more difficult because it needed careful placing of the yarn overs in order not to loose stitches over time.
In the end, I could not face the intellectual challenge. I decided to use a pattern that I used for the Lady Grey Lace Shrug (see this post). This pattern partially fitted my mental brief in that it had a zigzag lace component. It was also already written up for knitting in the round with the yarn overs in the right places. Best of all, the stitch repeat was exactly what I needed it to be to make a sock that fits, 16 stitches.
I did contact Rachel Erin, the owner of the Lady Grey Lace Shrug pattern but I never got a reply. I noticed that all blog activity ceased well over a year ago, many the designer has moved on to different things. I guess it is ok to use the stitch pattern, I am not selling it as mine and I am giving you the link to the original pattern, too. I also don't think it is novel in any kind, there are many very similar patterns even in my stitch libraries. This one though was written up for knitting in the round.
Anyway, how do you like this sock? It is really quick to knit. I guess it is because you need to concentrate a little in order to remember all those decreases and yarn overs. At one point, I had to unravel half the sock because I was so engrossed in the TV program I was watching that I failed to place one yarn over, causing the loss of 16 stitches over 12 rounds. If you choose to watch the telly whilst knitting this, stop and count your stitches every so often!
I often wonder if anyone is actually using my patterns? I think I am going to add a link-up to the pattern page for those who do use a pattern and would like to share it with everybody reading this blog.
As always, the pattern can be found on the sock pattern page. Also, if you want to find out why I am designing sock patterns you should read this post.
Happy knitting! Cx
P.S. I am hopelessly behind with blog reading and leaving comments for you. My head has been buzzing with other stuff I am afraid, for example puppy training, holiday plans and job applications. Yes, I am still applying for jobs. I can't be certain to get a place at University and it would be good to earn some cash, too. I read and appreciate every single comment you write and I am really sorry I don't comment much over on your blogs just now. I promise to get back in the swing after my solo holidays.