Two and a half

That’s how many pairs of socks I knit while writing/testing this pattern! You’ve already seen the green and gray pair I knit for my Hogwarts secret pal last year. Here’s a better picture of the stitch pattern that I didn’t show you at that time. Amelia’s socks were size Medium.

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I used the leftovers (Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Pewter) to test the Wide size. What you don’t see in this picture is that I ran out of yarn. No surprise there, since I didn’t have an entire skein to work with. Only the toe needed to be completed, so I had my Mom try them on, and they fit very well.

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I knit the Narrow size for myself with Zen Yarn Garden’s Squooshy yarn. It’s a wee bit thicker than Lorna’s Laces, and I went up to US 1.5 (2.5 mm) while working on the leg/cuffs.

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There is a bit of flexibility with the lace pattern; knit the even rounds or omit them entirely. Leaving them out will result in sharper curves and texture. Working them means the lace will be smoother and have gentler curves. I hope you can see the difference in these photos. (To clarify, the green and gray socks were knit without plain rounds, but I did incorporate them while knitting my aubergine socks.)

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True story: I was this close to naming this pattern Shai’Hulud. Why? Because I thought the lace panel texture resembled sand dune ripples, so it was only natural to think of the ribs between each panel as sandworms. In the end, I decided the pattern needed a feminine name.

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The name I picked? Merope! More information and purchase link available here (non-Ravelry members), or go directly to the Ravelry pattern/purchase page. Please do let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, and have fun! : )

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12 Responses to “Two and a half”

  1. Chris Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Very cool stitch pattern – I like how much it stands out in the grey.

  2. Mary Lou Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Very nice!! If I weren’t so lazy re. socks, I’d make a pair myself.

  3. Opal Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Those socks are gorgeous! Can’t wait to knit them up!

  4. Carrie K Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    They are really nice! So many cool sock patterns.

  5. Jennifer Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Gorgeous! Stunning socks!

  6. Guinifer Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    LOVE this sock!

  7. Tanya Says:
    May 14th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Again, amazing! I will be getting these!

  8. Deb Says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Very cool! What a great pattern. I think you just talked me into knitting a pair. :)

  9. Nicole Says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Love it! Maybe one day I’ll get over my fear of socks and try again… :)

  10. rina Says:
    May 16th, 2008 at 7:44 am

    You designed Merope? That’s awesome! Very cool sock

  11. Jeanne Says:
    May 16th, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Beautiful pattern! Off to add it to my queue.

  12. schrodinger Says:
    May 19th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Very nice pattern and great texture. Love it!

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