Fall Leaves Socks

I’ve finished another pair of socks. These are knit from a pattern in Interweave Press’s book, Favorite Socks called Embossed Leaves. In this lovely rust colour, I am calling them Fall Leaves. The pattern is a bit lacy, and looks like leaves running in columns up the foot and leg. It was quick to knit and easy to memorize. I didn’t like the cast-on that the pattern called for, though. I find it fairly tight around the calf. If I was to knit this again, I’d use a regular long-tail cast-on over two needles.

I also ignored the instruction to break the yarn after knitting the heel flap, and begin the instep from a new place – I just kept on knitting as usual, picking up the instep stitches as I went.

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The toe shaping is different than usual, and makes a nice rounded toe that compliments the leaves in the pattern.

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The yarn is a one-of-a-kind (well, technically two-of-a-kind, both of which I bought) colourway of FlockSock sock yarn from Holiday Yarns that I picked up last fall in Rhinebeck. This is the second pair of socks I’ve knit from this yarn, the first being Baroque in Blue. I like working with it a lot – it has a nice, tight twist and shows stitches well. It softens nicely with washing, holds its colour, and wears well. The skeins are generous in size, too.

Here is another view of both socks.

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The details:

Pattern: Embossed Leaves, by Monica Schmidt, from Favorite Socks, Interweave Press. (Ravelry link)

Modifications: I did not break the yarn at the heel – I just kept knitting, picking up the stitches along the left side of heel flap first. If you do this, it’s important to note which needles are 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Needles 3 and 4 hold the patterned stitches) when you start knitting the instep and foot.

Yarn: Holiday Yarns FlockSock sock yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon, in a one-of-a-kind colourway, purchased at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.

Needles: 2.75 mm

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