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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Scarborough Fair and Caledonian Mist Socks

Introducing the Scarborough Fair and Caledonian Mist Sock Pattern! Sometimes you want to knit a pair of socks that are more complex and take a little more time than a plain sock would, and sometimes you just need a simple sock to take with you on your day's adventures. This pattern has one design of each type, so you can choose your socks based on your schedule and knitting needs!


The first design, Scarborough Fair, is made of twisted, travelling stitches to give the look of cables at a scale appropriate for socks. This design also includes a Vikkel Braid, which nicely sets off the cuff from the rest of the design.


Best knit in a solid colored yarn or a handdyed "almost" solid color to really show off the complex stitch work, this pattern is fully charted for ease of knitting. While not difficult to knit, it does require some concentration but your efforts will be richly rewarded with this beautiful pair of socks. (Shown in Louet Gems Merino Fingering, Soft Coral - 8 stitches per inch in stockinette.)


The second design, Caledonian Mist, uses an easily memorized stitch pattern, is not charted, and is the kind of sock design that you can grab and go, knitting during the stolen moments of your busy day. This design will work well in virtually any yarn: solids, tonal colors, and even multi colored yarns. An added benefit of this design is that this particular stitch pattern can break up or in some cases eliminate the pooling of colors that sometimes occurs in patterned sock yarns. (Shown in Shibui Knits Sock in Breeze - 8 stitches per inch in stockinette.)


Complete directions for both designs, knit from the top down, are included in this single pattern!


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Blogger Kathleen Lawton-Trask said...

What a great idea! One sock portable, the other sock challenging.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Just beautiful socks! And I love the idea of easy and challenging!

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Doreen said...

I was in the Yarn4Socks sock club and got these. The second design was a great surprise and I loved that it was such an easy and fun knit. It was a perfect complement to the other. I think it's a great idea to pair them that way.

10:53 AM  
Blogger feltboots said...

Wonderful patterns and love the portable/challenging mix!

Just one question - are they toe-up or cuff down ? Will the Scarborough Fair cuff mandate one method ?

10:53 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Both designs are knit from the top down (I've edited the post to mention this). Great question!


10:55 AM  
Blogger CraftNinja said...

I just had to say that I LOVE the Caledonian Mist socks - and that is a beautiful colorway! I have a precious skein of Casbah sock in peacock that I have been trying to pick a pattern for, and I am definitely going with this one!

Also, as a side note...your ice blue singles a while back were so beautiful that they inspired me to take a handspinning class.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Random Knitter said...

Beautiful, I think I feel a couple of pair socks calling me.

11:28 AM  
Blogger nanaknits said...

Since you've been mentioning these in previous posts I was eager to see the pattern. Now that it's published I just couldn't resist buying it! Thanks!

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Two-in-one, especially one for travel and one for home/more concentration is a *great* idea!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Claire said...

Both socks are tempting me - I love the idea of a complex and a straightforward sock in the same package - I've normally got something simple and something more challenging on the go, to do depending on my mood and the time available, so I love this concept!

1:24 PM  
Blogger baby face said...

I loved your sock patterns and two
for one, what a bargain. I am not
well and have dexterity problems,
can they be knit with four needles
instead of five? I am having
trouble with four needles as it is.
I'm sure if I were 100% I could
figure it out. All your work is
lovely. Incidently, I did purchase

1:56 PM  
Blogger baby face said...

Well, I just left a comment on your
blog about your socks. I will leave my e-mail address although,
I hate to have it shown to the

2:01 PM  
Blogger Susanne said...

Both socks are just lovely, would love to have them. And I think its a great idea to mix one challenging and one easy. You do a great job!!

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love them both! They are so different and I love the pink, of course, but I also love the different colors in the blue. Nice job Melanie! Mindy

10:44 AM  
Blogger Annalea said...

I think this is a great idea, Melanie. I'm not knitting socks right now, but you can bet I'll think of you when I do. :o) Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

12:46 PM  
Blogger risiko said...

Inspired designs, presented in an inspirational manner...it's just ...inspiring. lol
really, a wonderful treat to have the 2 different styles presented together. and wonderfully generous. thank you for treating your customers so well.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Tabitha said...

Luv it. Bought it. Can't wait to knit it. It especially like the 2 for 1 feature of the pattern. Socks for every mood.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go yarn shopping.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Denise/CT said...

Love the idea of the two patterns in one purchase. Beautiful new sock designs. You are a talented lady!

11:25 PM  

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