I’ve been enjoying my A-Z of shawls so much, I’ve decided to start one for socks as well. But just to make things a little more challenging, I’m going to try to stick to patterns by one designer: Rachel Coopey. Her sock patterns are beautifully written, a joy to knit and always very clever designs. Looking at Ravelry, I’m good right up to until I get to Q, with a choice of patterns to make. At the rate I knit socks, who knows – maybe she will have designed a pattern beginning with Q by the time I get there.
First up, is Alonzo, a beautifully textured pattern with Bavarian twisted stitches. It’s just complex enough to keep you interested while you’re knitting, but without being so complex tht you can’t concentrate on anything else. This is exactly the kind of knitting you can take out and about, or do while watching the television.
I love how the faux cables and twisted stitches build up the pattern, and how it grows and evolves.
It’s just such a shame that the dark winter days make it so difficult to properly photograph the colour of this yarn as well as I’d like. It’s a rich, mallard green, called Apollo, with a beautiful intensity of colour. It’s from a dyer called A Little Bit Sheepish, and is one of those skeins where the colour just called me from across the aisle at a yarn festival. It’s a mix of 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% nylon. The stitch definition is amazing, it takes dye beautifully, it has a generous 425 metres per 100g and it should make some hard-wearing socks.