Saturday, March 24, 2007

All Aboard!

Okay -- the Bomb Pop Socks didn't hold my interest as long as I thought they would. Looking forward to this morning's knitters' meetup, and dreading the thought that my fellow knitters might think that I don't ever knit anything else, I decided to start another pair of socks.

I had some KnitPicks Essentials yarn that I'd had for a while and that I thought might work well with another pattern in Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. The pattern is called Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch. Although the other pair I just finished from this book was called "fancy," I fancy that this sock is the fancier of the two patterns. It uses two colors of yarn after all. The two colors I'm using are called Pumpkin and Fawn. I'd originally gotten the Fawn to knit a stranded knitting pattern from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks, but that didn't work out so well. The Fawn yarn can be seen in a round ball at the top of the picture. I'm thinking these colors will play nicely with each other.

Among the interesting features of this pattern are the railroad stitch and again, the shaping of the leg. If you look closely, you can see where the decreases brought a 5-stitch pattern down together, forming a "Y" on the leg. Also, the instructions say that rather than have all the heel stitches held on one needle, half the stitches are on one needle and half on another. This heel is called a French heel. I'm sure it will make more sense once I get to that part of the pattern.

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