I don't usually post FOs here, but I'm so proud of this one, I thought I'd share it. It's actually only half
I've long admired Lucy Neatby's Camelot Socks
pattern, so I mail-ordered a copy last year just before I moved to England, just in case I one day decided it was time to knit it. Just after the New Year, it was time to take the plunge.
A bad second-guess wool choice (Wildfoote) and two false starts later, the first sock is finished and the second sideways cuff has been started. The sock is knit with a sideways garter-stitch cuff that you join once it's long enough to round the ankle. Then, stitches are picked up and you knit the sock down in the stranded pattern to the heel flap. Aside from the multicoloured heel flap, it's a fairly typical cuff-down construction, which is a departure for me since I usually knit toe-up socks. Anyway, I'm really happy with the finished product, and I wanted to share.
The sock is knit in Yorkshire Tweed 4-ply (fingering weight) wool.( Collapse )
Knitting this sock has taught me a lot about stranded knitting. I've done stranded bits of other projects before, and I'm working on a fair isle cardigan for my husband, but this is the first stranded project I've completed. Working with the 4-ply (fingering weight) wool was really liberating-- it is very forgiving of stranding and handles float weaving beautifully.
The finished product is very strong and stretches enough to wear but feels like it will keep its shape as well. Stranded knitting with aran/worsted weight wools for me has always been a bit bumpy, and I worried I just wasn't doing it right-- but it seems that for me anyway very fine wools just take stranding better!
I knit continental style, with the wool carried in my left hand, so I got much smoother at yarn-throwing, carrying the secondary colour in my right hand.
This project was a lot of fun to knit, particularly on the Tube on my commute to and from work, and now I can't wait to finish the second one. I think I can do it in under two weeks. I hope I can, anyway.