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