Broadripples were all the craze two or three years ago. I have so many sock patterns I would like to knit that I either forget what’s available, or have a hard time choosing. Ravelry helped me remember the Broadripple pattern, which has been sitting at number two in my queue since I signed up. Hooray!


These were a fast and fun knit, I really do like chevron-type patterns. I upsized these socks by adding a pattern repeat and re-centering it over the instep. The yarn I used is lighter weight than Cascade Fixation, and I needed wider socks. I could have done some math to enlarge the stitch pattern, but with a deadline quickly approaching, it was easier and quicker to just add in one more repeat. I hope they aren’t too big!


I love the garter stitch variation used for the cuff. It would be very cute to knit the entire socks with this variation, or just to switch the stockinette columns (between the chevrons) to garter.


It became clear three rows into the toe that I wouldn’t have enough yarn left to finish. Luckily, I still had the same yarn I used to finish up the toes on the blue yarrows. Again, I alternated each color for a striped effect. The grey in the main color has enough taupe that it blends well with the tan.


The colorway is named Verona. I don’t know anything at all about the city or region in Italy (beyond the Shakespeare connection), does it seem a good match? For me, these green and gray colors evoked images of mossy cobblestones or stone walls strung across green fields. How about you?


Pattern: “Broadripple Socks” by Rob Matyska, Knitty, Summer 2003 Size: Women’s Large Yarn: Lane Cervinia Calzetteria, 905 Verona Needles: US 2.5 (3 mm) and US 2 (2.75 mm) DPNs Started: November 28, 2007 Completed: December 5, 2007

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11 Responses to “Broadripple”

  1. Chris Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 7:38 am

    They’re lovely! You are having a rough time with running out of yarn lately, aren’t you?

  2. bellamoden Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 7:48 am

    Not very verona-ish to me, but they look great! Someday……

    And the toe? Wouldn’t have known they were striped if you hadn’t said anything!

  3. Amy Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Very nice! I love Broadripple.

  4. Tanya Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Those are really beautiful. Funny how you stop and take another look at patterns that you had little interest in before when you see them knit up by someone else. That’s one of the great things about Ravelry and all these blogs!

  5. deb Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I think I always forget about Broadripple because the original one is in Fixation (and I made mine in that). I should try them again in a different yarn and fall in love with them.

  6. Guinifer Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 8:42 am

    They’re gorgeous. I really like the yarn. I never would’ve guessed you used a different yarn for the toe.

  7. Jeanne Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 11:04 am

    I really like these socks. The yarn is lovely too.

  8. trek Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Worked out well!

  9. lisa Says:
    December 19th, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Those ARE very good!

  10. mrspao Says:
    December 20th, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Oh they are so pretty! Yes, the colour is very like Verona :) I went there right after my time as a student the first time round.

  11. Opal Says:
    December 20th, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Beautiful socks! I can’t even tell the difference between the two different sock yarns. rubs eyes

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