The first hurdle is over – I promised myself no more yarn until I finish the winter sock club. Oh, and knit the final pair from the summer sock club too… So, one pair down, three to go! Although I did get a yarn swap parcel in the mail yesterday I must show you once it’s photographed…
This is Mandorla:
These socks are a clever design that have increases and descreases on the front of the foot instead of on the side (or bottom) for a gusset. The result is an intriguing almond shape on the front of the foot. The other main feature of the pattern are ribbed panels that are shaped and change through the toe and gusset increases and decreases. Some really interesting design ideas.
As usual, the pattern was meticulously presented an easy to follow with charted and written instructions. It assured us that the odd techniques would produced a sock shaped sock after blocking and it did.
As usual, the Vintage Purls colourway dyed especially for the sock club is delightful. And not just because I like purple. But, given that the socks are intended to be unisex patterns and colourways, as well as to reflect the season, I think it is a clever and interesting colourway. The funny thing is, I seem to struggle to make toe up socks the right length, so DH has tried these socks on and they fit – they might eventually find their way to his sock drawer. Especially if I keep getting side tracked instead of knitting socks for him!
Good bits? Innovation, colour, simple pattern. I like the clean lines the gusset free socks have around the bottom of the foot and the heel.
However I am not so happy with the nasty pull-y line I have managed to create right through the feature panel at the front.
You can see it especially in the top sock in the picture above. I thought that blocking might solve it, but alas, it has not. This has occured where you have to purl two together (twice) as the decrease, it only happened in the decrease section, and is probably the result of bad technique.Hmph. Ah well, if they end up as man socks, I don’t think it will bother DH at all.