The Cholla Socks, in the The Wild West: Patterns Inspired by the Flora, Fauna, Geology & History of Arizona, vol 1: Lace 1, are the first of two sock patterns for the entire Wild West Collection (the other is in Cables, coming soon).
I met Kim of Indigodragonfly at Sock Summit 2011. She is wonderful and sweet and funny. Don’t believe me on the latter at least? Take a look at some of her yarn names.
The yarn is a gorgeous semi solid warm green — very cactus-y. It’s lovely to work with, of course. I immediately gravitated to it, and promised to hug it and squeeze it and call it George.
This fun lace pattern combines small cables and lace for a pretty sock with a very comfortable fit.
The ribbed layout of the stitch repeat is reminiscent of cactus branches.
These socks are worked cuff down with a standard heel flap and gusset construction. Wide ribbing flows into the lacy travelling stitch pattern. The heel flap echoes the vertical lines of the stitch pattern with a slipped-stitch heel flap pattern.
Foot length is customizable to your size. You can also work the leg longer by working additional sets of the complete 12 round repeat.
The charts are mirrored.
The stitch pattern is No. 66 from Annie Maloney’s stitch dictionary Stitch Definition.
Women’s S (M, L)
Foot circumference, unstretched: 6¾ (7¾, 8¼)in / 17.5 (19.5, 21)cm
Indigo Dragonfly Merino Sock, 100% superwash merino (390 yds per 100g), 1 (1, 1¼) skeins, shown in Well, Put Me on the Short Bus and Send Me Off to Clueless School (Lorne the Host).
US0 / 2mm needles or one size smaller than larger needle
US1 / 2.25mm needles or size needed to obtain gauge
34 sts and 40 rnds = 4in / 10 cm in St st.
(1) stitch marker; yarn needle
knitting in the round, simple lace, cables, Kitchener stitch, reading charts, typical cuff-down sock construction