Friday, March 23, 2007

Waving Lace

Well, I finished my first pair of favorite socks and I may never make another pattern from the book. While that sounds like a bad thing, it isn't. It's because I loved the waving lace pattern so much that I may have to make multiple versions of the same sock in different colors so people don't think I'm wearing the same socks day after day after day.

These were made for a friend who really helped me a lot last month. She went above and beyond. She was standing by my desk when I opened the package from Webs and saw their Valley Yarns Franklin in the Ariba colorway and say, "ooohhh, I love that color." Then she saw my Favorite Socks book and pointed to the socks on the cover and said, "ooohhh, I love that pattern." It was a lovely piece of serendipity and I seized on it. And, before you even think it, she never dreamt in a million years that I'd combine the two for her. In fact, when I was concerned about the fit and had her try them on, she asked why she was trying them on and almost fell out of her chair when I told her that they were hers.

So, with no further ado, here they are, complete with modified heel and toe.

I used my usual garter stitch heel (see Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks Warm Feet) and a toe that was new for me. Instead of the standard k1, k2tog toe, I decided how many stitches I wanted to end with and reduced the stitches between my decreases so that I ended with a K5, SSK, K2tog, K5 because I wanted to see how it looked.

I was pleased with the result (although you can't see it here).

And the lace detail (spread on my hand):

Voila! Waving lace socks!

Yarn: Valley Yarns Franklin in the Aruba colorway
Needles: size 2 (done on 2 circulars)
Modifications: garter stitch heel and my own toe

And, yes, I will knit these again.

Next up: Undulating rib socks using BMFA STR in the Rhodonite colorway.


tiennieknits said...

Great job! What a nice way to give your friend a gift that she really likes!

Anonymous said...

Really nice socks! I often knit Charlene Schurch's garter border heels too. Waving Lace is probably my next pair although I intend to knit the optional ribbing rather than the scalloped edge.

Tammy said...

The color is beautiful.