Pattern: Mulled Wine, by lou and emmms
Yarn: indieknits yarn lustre superwash merino (360 yds/100 g)
Needles: 2.75 mm DPNs, set of 5
Comments: These socks are our first attempt at properly designing something together. ‘Properly’ because we’ve always been there for each other to iron out the wrinkles in a project that just wasn’t working. But this went beyond mere casual input and we’re delighted with the result.
The design itself came together so fluidly, it practically designed itself. The stitch patterns largely came from the first two books in Barbar Walker’s Treasury series, tweaked here and there to fit our plans. Immediately we knew the cuff had to be special: something dramatic yet elegant, something reflective of that blend of earthy festivity and Woolworths tackiness of the British Christmas. In the end, we think the bell shape, clusters of berries and baubles that wreath the ankle in a flip-down cuff do just that.
The rest of the sock is a much simpler affair: delicate holly sprigs, a cranberry chain or two and a three-point ‘drawstring’ toe. Perfect.
The yarn is from Laura at indieknits yarns and we love it! Between the two of us, we’ve got at least five of her colourways, so when we asked her if she would custom dye us a few skeins and she said yes, we were delighted and relieved. It’s in her Lustre superwash merino, which is like walking on air it’s so soft. It feels almost silken between the finger, very easy to knit with! We’ll have to arrange an interview or something with her in the next few days so we can post that as well, because December really should be Laura Appreciation Month.
‘Mulled Wine’ is the third pattern released under the Loumms Year of Socks. It still has to be test-knit, but if you’d like to try it out, you can download the pattern here.
This pattern is now up on Ravelry!
1: On the final round of the Festive Edging k the last two stitches together so you now have 69 sts to begin the Holly and Cranberry Chart.
2: Round 10 of the written instructions for the Holly and Cranberry Chart should read:
Round 10: BT, p1, BT, p2, cfp2, m1pwise, sl1-k2tog-psso, m1pwise, cbp2, p3
Please note that while we’ve done our best to make sure there are no errors, we can’t guarentee there aren’t any. If you find something that looks amiss, get in touch! We’ll be posting updates if we find any, but we are always grateful for feedback of any sort.