My new sock pattern is up in my Ravelry store! The design were inspired by a visit to a butterfly farm on the island of Noirmoutier in Vendee, France. It is the largest butterfly glass house in France and a home to over 700 butterflies of more than 100 species. The experience is unforgettable, with butterflies flying among visitors and sometimes even landing on shoulders and summer hats .
You can see more about the L’ile aux papillons here.
The Butterfly Effect sock pattern is knitted top down with heel flap, however short row substitution for the heel will work well. It calls for basic lace techniques, such as yarnovers, increases and decreases. The stitch itself is straightforward enough, however the central cable is a little more tricky than usual, with stitches crossing at two levels, rather than usual one. I included a detailed description how to cross the stitches though so it shouldn’t be too hard.
The pattern can be knitted on double pointed needles but instructions for two at a time technique are also included. The pattern stitches travel around the needles a little so if knitting two at a time, the first and last stitch of the round will need to be transferred between the rounds using a stitch holder or even better, a good crochet stitch marker, the type that opens and can be used to hold a single stitch.
The pattern will look best in gradient, subtly variegated, pastel, semi solid and solid yarns. Slow change self striping yarns will also work, as long as the colourway is subtle and not high contrast. The pattern will not show self striping yarns to their advantage. I knitted mine in Wild Yarn Dreams sock yarn,75% superwash wool / 25% nylon, in Sunset Flow Colourway. It came in a sock blank and after knitting it transformed, showing some white from inside of the sock blank and blending beautifully into a subtle rainbow of colour. It is fairly crispy, on the light end of the fingering end, a little splitty but not overly so, elastic, washes and wears well without dye run. The shop itself is located in the Netherlands and I had a lovely experience buying from them, no delay, communication or shipping problems. The yarn arrived beautifully packed flat to fit through the letter box and with a note from the dyer.
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