A while ago I discovered a now discontinued collection of Harry Potter sock yarns by Opal. They were very popular in the ASK (Addicted to Sock Knitting) Facebook group, with many members looking for these colourways. No wonder – they are really lovely and I especially like the brighter ones. I managed to get my hands on 4 hanks, which will pop up on this page in the next couple of months. I started knitting but vanilla socks* REALLY aren’t my thing. I also thought that beautiful colours deserve a little more showing off, so I frogged after couple of inches and got charting!
Consequently I just published a sock pattern for Opal 6 ply yarn, called Ebb and Flow Socks. I knitted it in Harry Potter yarn, colourway Ron, but it will work with any of their self striping ranges, as long as it’s the 5- or 6 ply weight. It is designed to show off the beauty of slow colour change yarns and it will work beautifully with many light sport weight yarns such as other Opal ranges or Noro sock yarns.
The pattern continues on the heel and the gusset is worked at the same time as the heel, making the fit a little more relaxed than traditional heel flap socks. It will suit feet with high or wide instep. Since the heel section is continued in the round, the flow of colours is not interrupted and the socks will not have a visible jog, like many heel flap knits using self striping yarns. The heel and gusset sections, however, will be a little thinner, so yarns with wide stripes are best for this pattern.
There are 3 sizes, S, M and L. Foot circumference when blocked is as follows: 20cm (21.5 cm, 23 cm) 7.9”, (8.5”, 9”) Allow 1.5-2 cm (0.6” – 0.8”) of negative ease in the widest point of the foot. Due to the choice of stitches the socks are elastic and there is some nice stretch in them, so there should be no problems pulling them over the heel, as with some of the currently available zigzag socks.
The inspiration came from the ripples on beautiful Bantry Bay. We spent Christmas in Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland, and were very lucky to enjoy some beautiful weather and breathtaking West Cork views.
The pattern is paid and available to download from Ravelry.
*”vanilla socks” are socks knitted in a basic, stocking stitch pattern.
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