After a small break in sock-making I made this pair for me. The pattern came from Nancy Bush's book Knitting Vintage Socks. I adjusted the pattern slightly by using only 60 stitches instead of the suggested 80. Apparently I have narrow feet though I never thought so before I began making socks.
The design on the sock is called a lozenge pattern. It is a series of crisscrossing diamonds though it is a little difficult to make out in the picture unless you know what you are looking for. I love diamond designs almost as much as I love spirals. They are interesting to knit up and keep my interest as I go because it takes a bit of thought to figure out whether you are increasing the width of the diamond or decreasing and therefore where the purl stitches go. I love to watch the diamonds take shape row by row.
The yarn is by Austermann Step. It is gorgeous, soft, squishy sock yarn. I am in love with it and will definitely buy it again. I got this yarn from The Loopy Ewe, my favorite yarn store. If you are interested in visiting The Loopy Ewe online, I have a link on the right side bar under "favorite places." You should check it out, it's awesome yarn! The color I used for these socks is called Dune but there are loads of other equally beautiful colors made my Austermann Step. Most or all of their yarn is self-striping.
I don't like trying to make my striped socks match exactly. I prefer the fraternal twin look. It gives the socks more character and makes it more obvious that I did not buy them. Plus, Dobby would be proud. Not being obsessive about matching exactly also prevents me from cutting off several feet of yarn in order to get to the same place in the striping patten. Somehow I can never bring myself to cut the yarn to get to the beginning of the color sequence.
Making this pair of socks has put me into a sock-knitting mood again. I am now more than halfway finished with a pair for my husband too. Yay socks!