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April 11, 2009
Curlicue

It wasn't fast, but what fun it was watching this tessellating mosaic pattern develop!
The yarn - Lana Grossa Seta Cashmere is possibly the softest sock yarn I have ever used - wool, silk, cashmere and that very important polyamide! Robyn Gallimore knows how to design beautiful patterns and choose gorgeous yarn....Heavenly knitting!

Curlicue

Pattern: Curlicue by Robyn Gallimore (Patternfish download) of Red Bird Knits. This was the January SOTM from my quarterly sock club membership.
Yarn: Lana Grossa Seta Cashmere -45 gm red/ 60 gms black
Needles: 2 socks on 1 2.25 mm 40" circular
Modifications: The main change I made was on the heel/gusset/sole. The original pattern didn't flow well (to me) in this area, so I worked out a striped gusset that perfectly kept the patterns all in place and didn't disrupt the tessellations. I changed the edging between the front and back patterns on the foot to be the same as the edgings on the leg. I love my mods :-)

Slip stitch is much slower than stranded colorwork since each pattern round is worked twice. The good news is that only one color is used at a time (2 rounds of red/ 2 rounds of black etc.), which is nice for those who don't like to strand colors. There is also more texture in slip stitch patterns than in fair isle or stranded colorwork - I love the texture in these socks!

Curlicue

a few other angles....

Curlicue Curlicue

We leave on Friday for a family vacation in Virginia where we are hoping for lots of warmth and sunshine - I don't know if I'll get another post up before we leave, but I've figured out my very important knitting plans for the trip, which include a new sweater that I just cast on last night.

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