Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pattern Release: Confluence Socks

All summer I've been working on a collection of patterns. You've seen a lot of them here as they've been in progress, and one is still on the needles, but the time has finally come to start the big reveal. Starting today, I'll be releasing a pattern about every other week through the end of the year.

So, it's time to introduce the collection and pattern. The collection is called Stitchburgh, and all eight patterns in it are inspired by my beloved hometown, Pittsburgh, Pa. Each pattern has some background on its inspiration, so by knitting your way through all the patterns, you'll get a little taste of what this city is all about.

The first pattern in the collection is the Confluence Socks. The inspiration for these was the spot at the tip of the triangle that constitutes Pittsburgh's downtown area. To the north of downtown is the Allegheny River; to the south is the Monongahela River. These two rivers converge to form the Ohio River, which flows west and eventually joins the Mississippi River, at what's known as the Point. The Point is famous for its fountain, which is making a cameo appearance in the pattern photos.

These socks are knit from the cuff down and have a heel flap and gusset and wide toe. The leg features small cables that represent the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, and between them is a knit/purl texture pattern that references the ripples in the water of the fountain at the point. On the instep, the cables come together, just as the Allegheny and the Mon come together to form the Ohio.

The yarn featured in these socks is SpaceCadet Oriana, an 8-ply fingering weight superwash merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Look Up! Knitting a yarn with eight plies takes some getting used to at first, but the stitch definition is excellent and the fabric it creates is really sturdy -- just perfect for socks.

The stitch patterns in these socks are both written and charted, and you'll need to know how to do simple cables, basic decreases (k2tog, ssk, p2tog), purlwise increases, and Kitchener stitch.

The pattern is now available in my Ravelry store, and you can also buy the entire collection -- the price of the full collection will go up as patterns are added to it, so you'll save a lot by buying now!

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