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Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 99

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Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is the first time I've combined two yarns that had so much in common (the exact same red), and I love the way it looks.

Math4Knitters, Crafty Living: Show 99

Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
The ribbing at the top flows easily from the top of the stitch pattern.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
These are afterthought heels you've seen before from me. Fairly simple and well-fitting.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
I would like to see this in a solid yarn, too, but I simply fell in love with the little pops of purple.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
This is a short-row sock toe, but you could make any toe you like best.
Lara Neel - The Journal Gazette
Love the stitch definition of this yarn.

This week, I share a pattern for a pair of socks inspired by one of my favorite stitch patterns and chat with Kellie, who goes by Kellamina on Ravelry.

Little Exuviae Socks

I've become somewhat obsessed with what I'm calling the Exuviae stitch pattern. I based it on Dragon Skin from Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I used Dragon Skin about four and a half years ago for a grey sweater. I know it sounds silly, but I thought the pattern was very pretty and I was at a moment in my life when I felt I needed a little protection, even if it came from the name of the stitch on my new sweater.

A lot has changed between now and then, so I wanted to revisit Dragon Skin. I tried to think of what it might look like if the dragon shed her skin. I changed the increases in the pattern into yarn-over increases. I also made the whole thing a little more narrow and, generally, played with the size of the pattern stitch.

So, what to call it? Exuviae is a term for the cast-off skins or coverings of things like crabs, dragonflies and snakes. It seemed fitting.

I now have three versions of this stitch in my tool box, as it were. Little Exuviae is the one I used for the socks. It's only 18 stitches wide. Exuviae is a little larger. Big Exuviae is even bigger. I have plans for the other two, and maybe all three together. You'll just have to wait and see.

The socks fit me very well and I love them. I haven't made socks for myself in a long time. But, Allison over at Simply Socks Yarn Co. suggested that Alchemy Yarns Juniper, color 06f (Poppy) and Alchemy Yarns Juniper, color 101c (Clarita) might look good together. I knew those colors wouldn't fly with my usual sock recipient, so I made the socks for me. I love the color red and I love these yarns even more. They are flat-out gorgeous, knit up like a dream, and still have great stitch definition after three wash-and-wear cycles.

I wear a size 8.5 shoe and have somewhat wide feet. The sock foot and leg lengths are left up to the knitter, so unless you have feet that are a lot wider or a lot narrower than mine, this pattern will probably work well for you.

The top of the sock is about half in ribbing, so if you want more fit insurance through the foot, you could add a ribbing panel to the top of the foot. It wouldn't allow you to get the full effect of the stitch pattern, though, I think.

Chat

I had such a nice time chatting with Kellie. We rambled a bit about photography, learning, teaching and stitches.

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