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.
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.
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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.
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
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!