My "knitting green" trend continues with my most recent FO:
Pattern: Gentleman's Sock with Lozenge Pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Mega Boots Stretch (70% wool, 23% nylon, 7% elite), colorway 713, one skein (with plenty of leftovers)
Needles: two 12" US 1 (2.5 mm) Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: May 5/May 14
Mods: sized the pattern down to 60 sts to fit my foot, eliminated "seam" stitch at the back of the leg, shortened the leg, and substituted an Eye of Partridge heel flap
I love the subtle color shifts of this yarn, and I found it especially fascinating to see how it is is achieved now that I spin. The yarn is a three ply. Two of the plies stay constant in the lichen-y green you see at the toes of both socks, while the third ply gradually shifts from a darker green to a blue to a purple and all the shades in between.
As complicated as this pattern might appear to be, it's actually very easy and intuitive. It's essentially a stockinette sock with a purls strategically placed to give the appearance similar to argyle. You really only need to pay attention to the written directions through one repeat of the purl pattern before you see how it's formed and can carry on without looking.
This pattern is, in fact, a man's sock, and I've knit it once before as written. There was no way, however, that it was going to fit my narrow foot without some serious modifications, so I eliminated 20 (yes, you read that correctly!) stitches for my sock. The purl pattern is a repeat of 10 stitches, making the math very easy. I substituted an Eye of Partidge heel for one in stockinette for some added visual interest (and added durability).
There was plenty of yarn in the skein for longer socks, but I worried about the circumference of the cuff being too small for my calves, so I kept the legs to a respectable six inches. I'm using up the leftovers in some very cute baby socks!