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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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:
PATTERN IS LAUNCHED! Ahhhhh too, too excited!
- Pattern: Retro Dream Socks, by me
- Yarn: Travelknitter 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