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December 11, 2009

Birds in Flight

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock | Mallard (#3190)

Accepting an opportunity to work with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock is a no-brainer for me. Especially if a colorway is as brilliant as this one!

Introducing Birds in Flight sock pattern, available exclusively as a kit at the Woolie Ewe.

UPDATE: As of September 6, 2010, the pattern is no longer available through the Woolie Ewe. You can now purchase it through Ravelry! (membership not required)

USD $5.50

This design was inspired by the Mallard colorway, which was specially created for the Woolie Ewe by the talented artists at Lorna's Laces.

Images of birds in flight as I used to draw them when I was little - strongly angular, almost like checkmarks - were incorporated into the leg using simple cables.

The bird design fluidly transitions into simple ribbing for the top of the foot, so the socks are comfortable when worn with shoes.

I took advantage of the highly variegated colorway by incorporating columns of three-stitch cables on either side of center panel: loops of yarn traveling over other stitches break up the blocks of color nicely.

Similarly, the eye of partridge heel accentuates each beautiful color present within this yarn.

The socks are knit from the top down, and use the following techniques: knitting in the round, reading charts, and knitting cables. The finished dimensions are 5.5" from cuff to top of heel, and about 7" foot circumference (relaxed) to fit woman's average foot width. I used US 0 (2.0 mm) double-pointed needles to obtain a post-blocking gauge of 33 sts and 48 rnds = 4" worked in stockinette stitch in the round.

See them on Ravelry:

I hope you enjoy them!

P.S. A special thanks to Pam at the Woolie Ewe, who helped to make this collaboration a success :).

Posted by Kathy on December 11, 2009 05:42 PM


These are beautiful Kathy! The leg motif is gorgeous!

These are gorgeous! They look fantastic in that variegated yarn, too. Congratulations!

Wow, gorgeous! The pattern and yarn compliment each other perfectly. Absolutely love that heel too!

They look very nice and the pattern is so neat!

Well, I know what I want for Xmas now...

Hey, the Woolie Ewe is my LYS!! :D

oooh -lovely - I especially like the heel

so lovely. pattern and yarn.

Love love love the eye of partridge heel. Perfect for the pattern aand yarn, plus a great descriptive name!

Those are gorgeous! The colorway is so vibrant, and I love that stitch pattern that goes across the instep. Lovely job :)

The Woolie Ewe is now my local store..I'll have to drive over there and pick up a kit!

Love the socks, love the yarn.....just what I wanted Santa to bring me. Now will I be able to wait until Christmas to open the package? Thanks, Kathy.

Beautiful, Kathy! What a lovely pattern.

beautiful socks!! love them and I LOVE Lornas!! great job, gotta send it to the queue!!

What a lovely marriage of color and pattern. Nicely done.

What Claudia said. They are perfect.

Love the color combo so much I just had to order the set...Beautiful job!

Beautiful socks! Beautiful colors!

wow... amazing colorway, pattern and Finished object.

Super gorgeous, thanks Kathy.

Lovely! You do such great work!

A mostly lovey motif for a lovely hued yarn. Mazeltov!


These are beautiful. I love the shape of your birds. Reminds me of drawing seagulls in grade school.


The Woolie Ewe is my local and I watched Pam pack up a ton of kits this morning. They are GORGEOUS!

I love these socks, I especially like how the heel worked wit the colors in the yarn.

Lovely pattern, and works really well with the colourway!

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