Sometimes, you spend a lot of time coming up with different ideas for a single design. That could take days, weeks, or even months. Then, after you try to execute your complex scribblings, you return to your first concept, refine it a bit, and in a week or so, you’ve got a sock that’s ready to be photographed.

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Such was the case with my newest design — in cooperation with Sheepy Time Knits’ Middle Earth yarn club — Meduseld. A few months after Tauriel was published by Knitty, Mandie Harrington approached me with the idea of doing a sock pattern designed for one of the club’s exclusive colorways. Not too long after, she sent me a skein of her Panda Feet base in the color that she’d dubbed “Golden Halls.”

Originally, this pattern wouldn’t have been out until November, but, fortunately for me, the release date was bumped up to today. Ahh, motivation is what gets things done.

Half of the sock is knit in stockinette stitch, while the other half has a twisted-stitch pattern that are reminiscent of normal cables in the way they appear. The heel flap and turn is normal, but one of the gusset decrease lines is placed on the instep, adding a slight bias to the stockinette. In short, I must say that I am thoroughly pleased with the way these socks turned out.

Description from pattern:

Meduseld: The Golden Halls of Edoras, Rohan’s capitol city. The place in Middle-Earth where something intricate but bold arises from ruggedness.
I’ve held a fascination with all things Celtic from an early age. Maybe it is the sense of elusiveness in that culture, or elaborately simple knot designs.
Translated to a sock, I charted up a mess of cables that looked like it would be torture to knit, but when it was paired with smooth stockinette, I achieved the perfect balance between complexity and minimalism.
Meduseld is knit from the cuff down, has a lightly patterned heel flap, unusually placed gussets, and a partially ribbed toe. It is best to stick with solids or semisolids (like Mandie’s lovely colorway, as specified in this sample), so that you don’t get a few jarring color changes that’ll obscure your hard work.

I want to give a quick thank you to those who helped out with this pattern: Anna who caught many, many errors on my behalf in the pattern while tech-editing, Mandie for being patient while this got done, and Cora for modelling the socks.

It has been a few days over a year since my first Knitty pattern, Mirror, was published. As a thank you to everyone who has supported me in the past, I’m going to run a promotion for this pattern. If you follow my blog through email, you’ll get a discount code for 50% (that’s $3!) off this pattern.

If you have already followed my blog by email, you’ll get that sent to you straight away, no additional action on your behalf is needed. If you’re a WordPress user that has either been following my blog for a long time, or just started following right now, please leave a comment with your Ravelry username, so I can get that to you.

If you’re subscribed to this month’s yarn club, please comment below or send me a message through Ravelry with a link to your stash photos of the Golden Halls colorway, and you’ll get this pattern for free.

This will continue through the end of October.

Pattern Specs:

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced (Don’t let this daunt you if you aren’t Intermediate or Advanced. If you want something bad enough, you can overcome all odds and complete it. If you need help, just ask me or any other Raveler; we’d be happy to help!)

Sheepy Time Knits Panda Feet 60% Merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon; 434 yd/397 m per 100g skein; color: Golden Halls; 1 1, 1 skein

Set of US size 1 (2.25 mm) needles for working in the round, or size needles to obtain gauge

4 stitch markers

Tapestry needle

Cable needle

32 sts/48 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) stockinette stitch, worked in the round

And I do believe that wraps up everything I have to say. Here’s the Ravelry link, if you want to check that out.

Thank you, again. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all make of it!




29 thoughts on “meduseld.

    1. Thanks, Wei! That’s so weird; I guess that adage is true. 🙂 Although I’m pretty sure I don’t have a great mind … just a knit-filled one. 🙂 Can you possibly tell me when it’s going to be released?


      1. Actually I have a lot designs finished and in the work. Two of them are in their testing phase, but pattern writing takes always so long. I have to force myself to sit down and work. Knitting is so much more appealing 🙂
        I truly admire your sock knitting skills. Such intricate cabling on a very small area!


      2. Yes; I can totally relate to that. Pattern writing is a troll. 🙂 There are just too many things that seem more appealing to do, and it is so easy to fool yourself into thinking that the tech editor will know what you mean when you send her a collection of seemingly random scribbles … I could go on. 🙂

        I’m really looking forward to your next designs! I keep telling myself that I’ll make your Curio mitts; the right skein of yarn has yet to call out, though. 🙂


      3. Oh yes, we never have the right yarn on hand, have we?! I bought your Meduseld pattern to push my sock knitting forward, but I really have to find some beautiful yarn to do the pattern justice 🙂 Do you have some more designs up your sleeve at the moment?


      4. Thank you so much! I’m really grateful to all of the support you have shown me. 🙂 Do you find that you have trouble finding sock inspiration?

        I do have another design that I’m preparing for the end of October. It is … coming. And then I’m getting a swatch for a men’s sweater ready to send it in to Knitscene for one of their special issues coming up here soon.


      5. I really got into sock knitting less than a year ago and while I didn’t have much patience for more than just plain stockinette I am now itching for some challenge.
        I’m looking forward to your new design and I’ll keep fingers crossed for your submission.

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    I haven’t gotten my yarn (yet)……I was kind of hoping for it today because I noticed the Paypal transaction went through last week or so. Meh, it’ll get here. I’ve not had a problem yet. But, I don’t know which yarn I’m getting because I did the one where you get different ones. Oh well.

    I do love a good cabled sock…..perhaps it’ll get me out of my decrease/increase rut. Or not.


  2. They are fantastic, you continue to amaze me young Mr. Bain! You are so lucky to have found something that you love and do so well at such a young age! I have subscribed to your blog since I first joined WordPress, so I feel like I know you! I am proud of your success and hope that you never get tired of designing, knitting, and telling your story. And,I didn’t know that you had a newsletter! So if you get the time, I am Mesoarty on ravelry and would love to get the code! I can’t wait to knit a pair!


    1. Thank you, Rebecca! I’m so thankful for your support since the beginning; I don’t think that anyone can get how much it means to me. And I feel like I know you, too! It is a sentiment shared by the both of us. I hope that you have fun knitting them. If you need any help … you know where to find me. 🙂


  3. Gorgeous! It is the first pattern with the reverse stockinette I’ve seen! Can’t wait to knit them. I am a sock fanatic and have two big bins of sock yarn. I think they will look great in some of my Knit Picks totals. Please send me the discount. I am aandw1441 on ravelry. Keep it up!


  4. I love your photographs, they are interesting yet minimalistic, just like your socks. Your sock are, as always, amazing, although I can’t even pretend I know how to critique them. You don’t need any critiques, they’re wonderful 🙂


  5. Josiah, I want to say ‘ditto’ to momopudding2013’s comment above. You are an amazing talent. I have been following you since Mirror came out in Knitty and have enjoyed both your knitting posts and your ‘life’ posts – i.e. your trip to Haiti etc. As a former homeschooling Mom (but not a former Mom!!) I have a soft spot for your family and the lifestyle you all are leading and I have enjoyed both yours and Kayleigh’s posts about family and crafts etc. Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with for a sweater design now 🙂 Rav name, realyn


    1. Thank you so much for that, Rea! It truly astounds me on how supportive everyone has been, and I want to thank you especially for your encouragement.

      Don’t hold your breath on a sweater pattern from me! 🙂


  6. My rav user name is Angua, I’m following you (that sounds creepy) and I’d love a discount code, Once my xmas knitting is done I think I need a pair of these, so beautiful!


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