Well, a while back I designed a sock with my friend Stephania's yarn, and now her yarn and my pattern are going to be hanging out together at Sock Summit. :) (Her etsy shop is Three Fates Yarns and she has some lovely semi-solids up now!)
So it's time to introduce Falling Up!
The idea for this pattern was based on a sweater I saw at the mall while visiting my mom in Salem. In fact, I was walking out of the mall with my mom when I suddenly saw a sweater with some lace panels and snapped a quick picture with my iPhone. It took a while, but eventually Stephania gave me this yarn to design with and the idea came together. After some swatching I finally figured out a similar pattern (I think it's slightly better, my decreases make more defined vertical columns) but there was one little problem...
It had to be knit toe-up.
Now, it's not that I dislike toe-up socks, it's just that it's hard to find a heel that fits me well. There's one, and it's the one I used in this sock. But doing a gusset in a toe up sock requires a lot more thinking and calculation to figure out when you need to start the increases to have your pattern line up with a certain row for the leg. There's the number of increases, which you use to find the number of rows, which you then plug into the pattern to figure out which pattern row you'll end on... it's much easier to just *end* on a certain row (like in a cuff-down sock).
But I persevered, and came out with some lovely socks that have all that annoying stuff figured out for you already!
It will be making it's in-person debut at the Knit A Bit booth #808 at Sock Summit, with a sample sock and Stephania's beautiful yarns, but the pattern itself is up for sale on Ravelry right now.
Listening to: Dark Waters ~ Brave, Digital Bath ~ Deftones