When Natalie first asked if I wold like to do another Woolfest pattern we'd had a couple of sunny days followed by a distinct cold snap. So, I thought I would do something light and summery and being the British geek that I am, with due respect to the unpredictability of our climate, something that I could wear under my Birkenstock sandals if it got a bit nippy.
The first pattern I came up with was this one which I sent to Natalie.
'They're supposed to be flowers' I replied.
Silence briefly ensued.
We talked a little more and I got to thinking about how we all have different tastes and wouldn't it be fun to design something more like a Pick n' Mix? A menu of choices so that knitters could come up with their own favourite combination of stitch patterns and yarns. If there was an aspect of the sock that they didn't particularly like, there is another alternative. An invitation to have fun with their own creativity.
I love playing with colour so I thought I would design a set of patterns which showcase how many ways there are to mess around with colour that are fun and accessible.
Summer socks are a bit shorter than their cosy winter cousins and when there are so many other things to do,a sock with an interesting section followed by a relaxing plain foot seems perfect for all those knitting out of doors opportunities we hope for in the finer weather.
The socks that I have knit are just examples of possible combinations.
Here is a clutch of different edgings; a picot, a two colour picot, a plain edge and a scallop.
The leg patterns move solids and hand painted yarns around to create different effects. These socks are also a great way to use up small amounts of leftover sock yarn in an interesting way.
There are different ways to incorporate colour into the heels;