Last week, I mentioned I was just about to publish a pattern that had been in the making since last summer. With the help of fantastic test knitters and a wonderful tech editor (thanks, Rachel!), the patter is finally available to all!
To say that I am pleased would be an understatement! It’s always so exciting when a pattern gets to meet its audience!
Beynac (Ravelry link to the pattern page) is a cuff-down striped sock pattern, where the changes between colours are progressive and done with a few rounds of stranded colourwork.
Colourwork, on socks, I hear you gasp in horror! But fear not, there is so little of it that even beginners can knit them, without encountering the dreadful ‘Eurgh, too tight, it will never go over my ankle’ that is sometimes the downfall of stranded colourwork of socks. I assure you, this won’t happen with Beynac!
The pattern uses The Yarn Yard‘ Clan. It’s a lovely lovely yarn, which got almost a cotton feel to it, but is still very bouncy and extremely pleasant to work with. It also wears very well, despite being 100% Merino. I’ve knitted these socks back in July and I’ve been wearing them quite regularly over the cold season and they don’t show any signs of wear yet.
There isn’t any Clan right now in Natalie’s shop, but if you ask her kindly, I’m sure she’ll add some to her dye pots. She comes up with those wonderful saturated colours, it makes for wonderful socks (and other things!).
Of course, this pattern is also ideal for leftover sock yarn. I’d say that each stripes and transition colourwork should not use more than 10g of yarn, except the heel which might use a little bit more (but still well under 20g, I would say).
The sock uses a German Heel, also called Double-stitch Heel. It is a sort of short-rows heel, but without any wrapping of stitches. Instead, the yarn is pulled in such a way that it creates a double-stitch. The pattern contains a link to a very clear tutorial to help with the heel.
And finally, the sock ends with an ergonomic toe, which is shaped to follow the natural curve of the foot. It makes for perfectly fitting socks which don’t bunch up at the top of your big toe.
I have to say that I’m really pleased by the launch of Beynac. It seems to be quite successful, if I judge by the number of favourites, queues and even sales! This is really encouraging as I have so many ideas, I am bound to self-publish more patterns in the future. (It’s even in the top 3 of sock patterns “hot right now” on Rav!)
If you would like to buy the pattern (which comes in a handy pdf file), you can do so buy clicking this button:
The pattern is only £2.50 until the end of January (after that, it will be £3). You do not need a Ravelry account to buy it. :)