One of my favourite things in my garden is Clematis Montana. It twines around our front door, creating a glorious spectacle as it mingles with a deep red rose. Montana awakes from its winter sleep in the middle of spring and when I see those fat buds starting to form, for me it signals the beginning of summer.
This toe-up sock has a panel of leaves growing up from the toe, up the foot and front of the leg, with flower buds appearing as the pattern moves into the leg. These leaves are bordered on both sides with dainty cables. The back is plainer and has a mid-section of rib to pull the fabric in, above an Eye of Partridge and cable heel flap. It makes use of Cat Bordhi’s Riverbed Architecture, which is reproduced here with Cat’s kind permission.
I’ve graded this sock as “intermediate” mainly because of the construction of the sock, which may not be familiar. The design on the sock is fully charted and should not be too challenging, especially to anyone familiar with cables. A few cables will need to be worked from the reverse on the heel flap, but the instructions are given how to do this.Sizes
- measured around mid-foot
- Small - Midfoot: 6”/15.25cm unstretched, 8.5”/21.5cm stretched; Cuff: 5.5”/14cm unstretched; 8”/20.25cm stretched
- Medium - Midfoot: 7.5”/19cm unstretched, 10”/25.5cm stretched; Cuff: 6”/15.25cm unstretched, 10”/25.5cm stretched
- Large - Midfoot: 9.25”/23.5cm unstretched, 11.5”/29cm stretched; Cuff: 7”/17.75cm unstretched, 12.25”/31cm stretched
32 sts and 48 rounds = 4" (10cm) in stocking stitch in the roundYarn Requirements
100g/400m 4ply/fingering weight sock yarn. Any that gives gauge should be suitable.
Sample was knit in Eden Cottage Yarns Bowland 4plyNeedles and Notions
- 2.25mm (US1) circular needles, or dpns
- 2 cable needles
- 2 stitch markers
- tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
Instructions for the flower vine motif are both charted and fully written out so you can choose which you prefer.