Sunday, September 8, 2013

Pattern Debut: Limeño

Photo courtesy of Three Irish Girls

Design publication has tricky timing--you work on projects months, or perhaps years, apart, and then somehow, because of the often-lengthy process of test knitting, tech editing, photographing, etc., everything comes together at once.

Such is the case with THREE of my latest designs, which are all going to be published within the next month or so, despite the fact that I finished designing one project in October 2011, and another one last month.

And here's the first:

Photo courtesy of Three Irish Girls

Pattern Name: Limeño, published by Three Irish Girls
Yarn: 3IG Adorn Sock, 80/20 Merino-Nylon, in Lucky Penny
Price: $5.95 for the digital download

A Limeño is a man from Lima. I married Completamente Peruano in October 2011, and sometime before that, probably cutting it too close, I set out to design him a special pair of socks to wear for the big day. I wanted something busy enough to keep me interested, but not too fussy, or they wouldn't look "manly" enough.

Limeno socks

CP's original socks were knit in Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock, in the Pumpkin King colorway, perfect for our autumn wedding.

The front features a textured twisted moss stitch that tapers to a point at the toe:

Limeno socks

While the back is decorated with simple cables; the center cables flow into a ribbed heel flap, while the side cables wind all the way down to the bottom of the foot:

Limeno socks

The socks are knit from the cuff down, and the pattern written for knitting in the round on 2 circular needles. As they were originally designed for a man, the pattern features men's sizes: medium/8" foot circumference and large/9" foot circumference. Ladies may find the medium works well as a women's large, and for a smaller sock, can try adjusting the gauge.

You can download this pattern from Three Irish Girls' website for $5.95.

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