As I was starting to knit a pair of socks to go with Abby’s outfit, I thought of one of my favorite sock architectures. And I thought of the place I first encountered it, and decided to do a quick review. The Tongue River Farm Sock Collection by Katherine Misegades is a very small booklet containing 6 patterns. All of them use an architecture where you start at the top, work to where the heel flap would begin, then start a triangular patch of increases that forms a gusset. Then you turn the heel on all the back heel stitches plus the gussets, then add the foot and toe.
I have knit two pairs of socks pretty directly from this booklet, though they were knit some time ago, before Meg started dying yarns. First I knit her New Harmony pattern. Here’s a photo, taken today, of this pair of socks.
Over the years, this natural yarn has felted to the point that it’s really hard to get them on, but I still love them. The crispness of the pattern is gone, too, but you can still see the attractive main pattern, the gusset and sole done in checks, and the upper band. You may not be able to recognize the sheep motif in the upper band, but it used to be adorable. In this pair, I followed the pattern all the way down to the toe.
This pair was knit in Socks that Rock, one solid-ish and one variegated colorway. This is the Waves and Rivulets pattern. Here, I did not use the toe as designed, which is much prettier than this one, but tricky.
I love these designs. I enjoy the gusset and the sole patterning and I think Katherine’s designs form a very harmonious whole. The patterns are very heavy on charts and much less full of words – I had some difficulty with the first pair of these I knit. Now that I have used this architecture in my own designs, I don’t think I’d have any trouble following these. I have found the book very inspirational and think it deserves more attention than it gets.
I made Abby a pair of socks that are, of course, much simpler than these, but they were certainly inspired by them. Here is a photo of the socks.
Note: this is post 99. So tomorrow I’ll start my first contest. It will be interesting to see how it goes.