Designer: Kirsten Kapur
Yarn used: Shepherd Baby 4 ply (2 X 50g)
Needles: 4 X 2.75 mm Laurel Hill DPNs
It's no surprise that at the click of your mouse there are virtually thousands of sock patterns available in the cloud. But that's not to say that the patterns themselves don't have an element of surprise!
I recently dug out a project I had been working on called Mystery Sock '09. As I understand it, portions of the pattern were slowly released to the public. Hence the "mystery" aspect. I happened to find this pattern as a whole! That's right! Good ol' start to finish instructions all on the page!
The sock itself is probably suited to an intermediate level knitter as the lace is read from a chart (okay, it is also written out but charts are way better!) Some stitches used are sequences of yo, ssk, k2tog and long tunnels of purls to create the pattern which some may find tricky if you are new to knitting. The beauty of this sock is in it's "falling leaf" effect. There is a distinct break in the transition from ankle to foot which is a bit cool (Like when geeky glasses became "cool")! I was particularly taken with this pattern because of how the designer kept the pattern flowing in the heel flap. She closed the eyelets and kept right on going down. Not your typical k1,sl1 heel ! (I don't do typical very well.)
What you need to know before casting on: There is a portion right below the ribbing in the original pattern that I distinctly left out due to personal preference. It wasn't my thing, so I eliminated it completely. To view the original pattern and download a free copy check out the rav page.