Here’s a pair of socks for November! They were started in October, but I kept getting distracted by other things.


I was a bit disappointed to find out that the rib pattern in this version is the same as the one used in the Yarrow version (see this post for my completed Yarrows) from the same book. The cuffs, heels, and toes are different, so that more than made up for it.

Notice that the pooling/striping is very different between the pink and blue socks. The Yarrows use 66 stitches while these have only 60. What’s crazier is that my two skeins of Naples were labeled with the same dyelot, yet they obviously don’t look alike. The one on the right has flecks from a unsaturated pink, while the other (also shown below) is very even.


The Welsh Heel used on these socks is intriguing because it uses yarn-overs in the short-rows. After the first two rows, I was convinced there were errors in the instructions and checked online only to find nothing. In the end, it worked out perfectly. This type of heel uses four decreases for a wide heel, very useful if one needs it.

This Round Toe is also a bit different because the decreases are worked as purls. That definitely gives an interesting texture to the toe. I’m still not sure I like it and would like to try it again with knit decreases instead.

With this pair completed, I now only have two pairs left to knit for gifts! (I’m still plugging away on the big grey blob; I have only about 30 or 40 rows left. It’s too big to turn around so I’ve started knitting back backwards for the purl rows. I’ve tentatively decided to postpone the green version until next year. It’s so ginormous that knitting a second one has no appeal right now.)

Pattern: “Lichen Ribbed Sock” by Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks Size: Women’s Medium Yarn: Lane Cervinia Calzetteria, 904 Naples (pinks) Needles: Takumi Clover DPNs, US 2 (2.75 mm) Started: October 12, 2007 Completed: November 26, 2007

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11 Responses to “Napoli”

  1. Chris Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 10:42 am

    Another lovely pair of socks!

  2. Guinifer Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Definitely different, but nice just the same. I really like that colorway. The ribbed socks are starting to grow on me.

  3. Jeanne Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Hmmm… I like the way the toe looks. You’ll have to let us know for certain if the texture start to bother you.

  4. Opal Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    I love the way these socks look. Very artsy. I also love that color red. I bet it was hard to photograph.

  5. Tracey Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Don’t you love this ginormous projects. The ones you start and say, “Wow, this is great, I need this in this color too!” but then in reality you just can’t do more than one.

    I like the socks, nice colors, even if the dyelot is off.

  6. bellamoden Says:
    November 30th, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    I think those sure are pretty!

  7. Rina Says:
    December 1st, 2007 at 10:17 am

    I think those socks are very pretty. Good job at capturing red. I always have hard time to photograph red. It’s either too saturated or just off scale.

    Where did you get that sock blocker? I haven’t seen them with curly top.

  8. Jeanne Says:
    December 1st, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    very pretty!

  9. Renee Says:
    December 2nd, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Beautiful socks! That’s a great colorway and I think it looks great with a plain ribbed sock.

  10. mrspao Says:
    December 2nd, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Wow – they are beautiful socks!

  11. Sydney Says:
    December 3rd, 2007 at 12:10 am

    I can see the difference now that you point it out, but I didn’t notice at first. It’s a beautiful pair of socks. I like the colors!

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