Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Vinnland Saga


All this sock yarn isn't going to knit itself...

I saw this pattern, Vinnland, in the Beltane 2007 issue of The Anticraft. What an awesomely quirky thing this is. It's not all about knitting, and I can't claim to get everything it offers, but it's always worth a look. Not for the faint of heart. These socks caught my eye. Since they needed to be green, and since I had my Kool-Aid-dyed Absinthe yarn sitting around, it seemed like a match made in, er, Valhalla.

The pattern is complicated and I haven't quite figured out how to read it so that I'm not constantly glancing at the chart. But I like how the ribs seem to weave and intertwine in a Norse-ish pattern. When I first saw this I thought it was cabled, but everything is done with increases and decreases. The most difficult thing is that the increases don't seem to follow a logical pattern as to whether they're made purl-wise or knit-wise. I'm sure there is some sort of rhyme and reason to it, but I'm not seeing it.

Not sure what's up with these pictures. I wanted to skip the flash so that the images weren't washed out, but they seem washed out anyway. Later pictures should show the green-ness better.

I like these already.

Skol!

1 comment:

  1. The socks look great so far. I can't wait to see them finished.

    "The most difficult thing is that the increases don't seem to follow a logical pattern as to whether they're made purl-wise or knit-wise."

    It's a traveling rib pattern. The ribs move towards the center with the decreases so your increases are done in ribbing, two knit-wise, and then two purl-wise. I hope that made some sense.

    - Becca

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