Second try

The Handmade Sock Society third pattern, Cliff Walk, is beautiful.  But the yarn I chose is not working with this pattern.

The color is pooling and the stitches are obscured.

It’s almost a swirling design.

Plus I’m not enjoying the feel of the yarn while knitting, nor the finished part so far.  It’s coarse and not soft.  Maybe that’s due to the cotton content.  I don’t know.

But I DO know that I will begin anew with a different yarn.  My old stand-by: Knit Picks Stroll.  Midnight Heather is a rich deep blue.  (I’d rather use a tonal but I don’t have any in my stash that I’m willing to use for socks.  The yardage for those yarns is enough for some shawls and I’d hate to use some and not have enough for later.)

I only have 56 grams in this dye lot and will need about 70-80 grams.  I might use black for the cuffs, heels, and toes…

…or dye some Knit Picks Stroll Bare that I do have in my stash.

Cliff Walk sock

The third pattern in the Handmade Sock Society II is the Cliff Walk sock.

I’m debating on these two yarns for this particular pattern as I want to use stash yarn instead of buying yarn.

The Plymouth Sockotta yarn is saying’ “use me!!”  And I’m listening hard to it…

…though the Midnight Heather is whispering to me as well.

Samphire finished

The Handmade Sock Society II second sock pattern, Samphire, is finished.  Just in time for the newest pattern release for the third sock in the series, which I’ll talk about in another post.

I kitchener stitched the toe yesterday morning before checking my email for the latest pattern reveal.

Once I figured out the lacy panel and a couple of lifelines, the socks flew off my needles.  Well, the second sock flew.  Knitting the second sock only took a week as I was busy with other things while knitting the first one.

Loving the deep, rich green of Knit Picks Stroll fingering yarn in Aurora Heather.

These socks aren’t blocked yet but truth be told, I haven’t blocked any of my finished socks.

My only mods were to substitute the slipped stitch heel flap for Eye of Partridge heel flap.

A great fit, too!

Eye of Partridge Heel flap

I mentioned in my previous post that I like the Eye of Partridge heel flap.  It has a dimpled diamond stitch appearance and I just think it looks cool.  The technique is very similar to the more common Slipped Stitch Heel flap (below).

As with a lot of knitting stitches, the Eye of Partridge may be called something else.  I’ve also seen it called V-Heel flap (below).

I’m not going to explain the how’s of the heel flap, just the basic stitch pattern for the EoP flap on a typical top-down sock.

Eye of Partridge Stitch

Divide the heel stitches according to your pattern.  I the case of a 64-stitch sock, work the heel flap on 32 stitches leaving the instep stitches on the other needle(s). I find it easier to work the heel flap on two dpns than circulars.

Row 1: (Right side) * Sl1, K1*, repeat across, ending with K1.
Row 2 and all even rows: Sl1, purl across row.
Row 3: Sl1, Sl1, * K1, Sl1,* repeat across row ending with K2.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat these four rows until ready to turn the heel, usually 32-33 rows.  This pretty knitting stitch offsets the slipped stitch every other row, which results in a diamond pattern.