Pattern: Edwardian Boating Socks, by erqsome knits
Yarn: Oceanwind Knits Sock Merino (100% superwash merino; 185 yds/50 g) x 2 or BMFA Socks that Rock Mediumweight (100% superwash merino; 380 yds/155 g)
Needles: 2.5 mm
The pleasures of summer really can be found in a few simple things: a boating lake, a packed lunch and a quite spot to lounge under a parasol while the world drifts by. And few eras ever celebrated the summer with the gaiety and vigour as the Edwardians.
The sifling overcoats and heavy Victorian frocks were shed in favour of light layers and shortened skirts. And those that didn’t have country estates flocked to the sea, the Thames, the Serpentine for boating and paddling, ever with a much-needed picnic at the ready.
These socks may not have adorned an Edwardian foot, but they are inspired by the sporting delights of the Edwardian summer. Little rowers floating gracefully down the leg, interspersed with a softly skipping linen stitch, make for rather splendid knitting on the river. Or, indeed, while basking in the summer sun on a week day with a cheeky afternoon Pimms.
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