Blue Yarrow

I’ve been feeling a bit scattered lately. Since finishing these socks, I haven’t cast on a new pair yet. Shocking! I need to remedy that soon.

You will notice the differently colored toes—that’s right, I ran out of yarn. Once I reached the point where the toes would begin, I looked at the remaining yarn and knew I didn’t have enough to finish, so I pulled out some Patons Kroy that coordinated and alternated the colors until the Venice ran out. I’m happy with how they look.


Can you see in the picture above (click for bigger), how the variegated colors formed swirls on the instep? Way cool. There also is an illusion effect, depending on which color you look at, the swirl goes left or right. Even cooler.

I knit these pretty much as directed. I left out the faux seam, and knit the heel with a smaller needle than I used for the remainder. The intended recipient uses a wheelchair, so wear on the soles isn’t a big issue.

I liked the garter stitch bands on the heel flap. I think it looks nicer than a plain garter selvage because of the stockinette column.


It was my first time knitting a French Toe. It was a bit weird, but I like how it turned out. If you haven’t knit this toe version before, the toe decreases are much the same as a typical toe, but with six stitches decreased instead of four. This results in three decrease ridges: two on the top right and left, and the third at bottom center. You can sort of see how it works in this closeup.


I’d love to knit more Yarrow Ribbed socks someday. It’s a nice, classic pattern. With this pair finished, I can mark one holiday gift off my list, yay!

Pattern: “Yarrow Ribbed Sock” by Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks Size: Average Men’s Yarn: Filatura Cervinia Calzetteria, 908 Venice, 2 skeins, and a little bit Patons Kroy, 54010 Newport Tan Needles: Clover bamboo US 2 (3mm) and Crystal Palace bamboo US 1.5 (2.5mm) Started: February 8, 2007 Completed: March 1, 2007

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14 Responses to “Blue Yarrow”

  1. Miss T Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Very pretty!

  2. Rina Rahardjo Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 8:54 am

    I didn’t think the toe was a different color yarn. It’s very pretty. Love the blues.

  3. stariel Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Very nice! I’ve been meaning to do one of her less complicated patterns with some variegated yarn sometime soon, maybe I’ll do this one.

  4. Dave Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 10:15 am

    They’re lovely. Looking at the skein in your earlier post, I would have thought it would knit up with a faux fair isle type design, so I was surprised to see it of a variegate. I’m sure your friend will love them. I’ll have to remember that toe trick if I ever end up in the same situation — it looks great!

  5. Susan Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Very nice. Love the toe design and the color too.

  6. Guinifer Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Beautifully made, as per usual. I like the way the two different yarns coordinate.

  7. Jeanne Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 11:22 am

    The toes coordinate well. Nice save.

  8. Stephanie Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 11:30 am

    I had never heard of a French Toe before — I need to try that out soon!

    You are my hero…knocking off holiday gifts in March!

  9. kntting bandit Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Great Socks! I just learned the French Toe. I wasn’t so sure at first, but now I like it!

  10. Opal Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    I love the blues in that yarn. I love the way it patterns up in to tiny pools. So pretty! And what lovely toes!

  11. Chris Says:
    March 6th, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    They are gorgeous! And the toes look good. :)

  12. Connie Says:
    March 7th, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Wow! They turned out great! Must pull out my book and pick out some yarn…

  13. Nicole Says:
    March 7th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    A holiday gift! Good for you. I’m glad I’m not the only one who is knitting so far ahead! :)

  14. Lynn Says:
    March 8th, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    I’m working on my third pair of socks from that book. Your socks turned out very well; I will have to try that garter edge to the heel flap. One of the ladies at my Knit Night does that, too, and I think it’s charming.

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