Finished project – Retro dream socks

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Dree-ee-ee-ee-eam, dream dream, dree-eam…

ETA: Pattern’s now live!

In anticipation of the pattern launch in the next two weeks (IT’S COMING GUYS, I ACTUALLY CAN’T WAIT) I thought it was about time that I shared some pics and thoughts about a pair of socks which genuinely would not let me sleep.

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These socks were inspired by colour, which I know sounds kind of weird given that I’ve chosen a monochromatic colourscheme (mostly), but when I had that leftover charcoal and red from my Travelknitter sample knits, I just couldn’t stop thinking about how a shades of grey colourwork sock with little pops of red would. be. awesome.

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Here’s the tiny sock doodle I first sketched while on quite a dull conference call (nb: if you’re one of my clients reading – it wasn’t you! honestly!).

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Not really all that… yet

From this exceedingly modest start I began playing around with colourwork patterns more seriously (using nothing more fancy than Excel). I spent a good few days messing about with this version and that version; I had the feel in my mind but pinning it down in pattern form was fiddly. I knew, though, that I  wanted a full colourwork sock with bands of pattern around the leg and the toe.

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You saw me getting my sample pair right (eventually) – and, after a lot of knitting, unknitting and knitting again, I was really proud of the result! I then discovered the fun challenge of a repeating pattern which can be scaled up or down for different size socks. There was a bit of swearing and a lot of charting, but I got there and my amazing testers have been diligently stress-testing the pattern across all three sizes.

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These guys are named ‘retro’ because I feel like there’s a sense of argyle here, a hint of granddad socks in the foot, vaguely 80s-style geometric shapes around the leg… and yet it’s kind of tongue in cheek ‘cos they also look rocking. And a change in colour makes a WORLD of difference – have a look at a couple of my test knitters’ stunning versions:

Retro Dream Socks test knit by Eternalknitter
Retro dream socks by Kat Knight, by fed1r

PATTERN IS LAUNCHED! Ahhhhh too, too excited!

  • PatternRetro Dream Socks, by me
  • YarnTravelknitter BFL Supersock in Laneway City (charcoal), London Skies (grey) and Firecracker (red) (or any contrasting sock yarns)
  • Needles and gauge: 9 stitches and 11 rows per inch (36st/48 rows = 4 inches/10cm) over stocking stitch using 2.25mm needles

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. AJ says:

    They are awesome!

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  2. Wow! You just keep outdoing yourself 🙂 These are totally gorgeous and I love the different color variations. It would be a lot of fun picking out colors.

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    1. Thanks Paula! Yeah the colour combos makes such a difference, I’m really enjoying seeing what people choose.

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  3. rosejasm says:

    Whoa those blue socks are stunning! When an idea comes sometimes you just have to jot it down even if it is during a conference call 😊

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  4. Stefanie says:

    A-ma-zing. It’s fun to think of all of the fun, color combinations.

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    1. Thank you! I know, I can’t stop thinking about it (all my testers have finished now and all their socks are beautiful).

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