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May 28, 2007

Tweedy navy

Having worked with almost every Lorna's Laces color under the rainbow, I could tell that something was different about the navy. For me, typically, the nylon fraction of a strand of Shepherd Sock does not embody a presence. It's there, but it blends into the superwash wool completely. Caught off guard I might even say LL Shepherd Sock is 100% wool!

The way the yarn took up the navy dye, in contrast, is new to me. The nylon glistened differently and appeared to be a slightly different shade than the surrounding wool. Now I watched the subtle variegations and what amounted to a subtle tweediness. Variegation + tweediness + attentive eyes = speedy knitting!

Pattern: Based on the Stansfield #10 motif from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks (p.48).

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in navy, 2 skeins (from this store).

Needles: Susan Bates US 0 dpns, set of 5.

I swiped the overall dimensions and features of these socks from the Railway Stitch socks I knit earlier this year: stitch counts, calf shaping, height of heel flap, etc. As before, I worked the foot over more stitches and knit a more blunt toe. The only difference is the garter-edged heel flap, which fit effortlessly into the overall pattern flow.

Posted by Kathy on May 28, 2007 05:13 PM


they look fabulous! great color and stitch pattern for a guy (not always an easy feat!)

I love them!

Curious - what gauge (stockinette) do you get out of Lorna's Laces on US0 needles?

Interestingly, the garter edge heel flap fits effortlessly into Roza's socks if, like me, you have big feet and need to up the size a little, then find yourself in a mathematical conundrum that makes your head hurt until you find the right page in Ms. Schurch's book. Great pattern by the way. So smart. Thank you!

Great socks, I love the subtle variegation of the Navy yarn!

As always, beautiful work!

Fantastic! Love navy. Love Lornas Laces. Love your stitchwork. What else is there to say?

fabuloso socks!

Lovely. I like the little tridents the calf shaping makes; in the deep sea-coloured yarn it seems quite fitting.

Wonderful! These socks have the wit, style, and detail that remind me of ... well, designer denim! And that makes this a segue into an overdue note of thanks for putting me onto True Jeans. I've just put in an order for two pairs, one of which (the Kasil trouser jeans) you also got. Thank you *so* much, on top of everything else, for wangling us a discount! I live in Cambridge, so I may screw up my nerve and go test for them, too. My only regret here is that I wasn't offered the Pine IV jeans they picked for you. Those are *fantastic*.

Beautiful socks - I love the navy. Those garter edge heels are so nice. Love the added texture!

Great socks and beautiful color. They look wonderful.

Beautiful socks - I love the way the pattern accentuates the heathery appearance of the LL's navy colorway. Great craftsmanship!

Beautiful socks - I love the way the pattern accentuates the heathery appearance of the LL's navy colorway. Great craftsmanship!

Wow. It's really amazing how such a simple knit and purl pattern can achieve such a stunning result. Kudos to you!

It's so satisfying to wear well fitted socks, so I feel a bit of satisfaction just seeing well fitted socks :) They're wonderful!

Wonderful socks. I think my next pair of socks will be for a guy and I'm struggling to find a pattern that will keep me entertained while still being something a guy will wear. I think you settled on a great mix.

Beautiful! The texture is so yummy! I saw a skein of LL's navy in my LYS, and I can see what you mean about the nylon taking the dye differently. I love it, personally.

Also, I agree with Jomy on how a simple knit and purl pattern can produce beautiful texture. Seed stitch is one of my favourite basic knit-and-purl patterns ever!

Again, beautiful socks, as usual. :)

Beautiful! Going into my "to knit" queue :)

I have a special place in my heart for Navy Blue. In high school I owned a Navy Blue MG Midget. Man, I loved that car. Lovely socks!

The calf shaping makes me swoon...

Um...is that you modeling those socks?

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