mulled wine – lyos december 2008

6 Dec


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.


5 Responses to “mulled wine – lyos december 2008”

  1. Laura 6 December 2008 at 8:16 pm #

    Another fabulous Loumms design! I am honoured to have dyed the yarn for this pattern. :)

  2. loutheperson 7 December 2008 at 12:26 am #

    Thanks so much laura! The yarn was a dream, the green and purples that appeared just for one stitch were amazing. It gave the whole pattern its life!

  3. brokeknits 7 December 2008 at 8:03 am #

    The pattern looks yummy, just like mulled wine should. The YoS is very exciting so far.

  4. risiko 4 January 2009 at 5:12 am #

    you’ve outdone yourselves again with the new sock. it builds on the others, and turns it around . just brilliant!
    thank you so much for making it available to a true sock junkie like me. with all the lovely (many,many) sock patterns out there–it’s “the good stuff” that really makes me remember why i became an sock addict in the first place. they say you can spend your life chasing the feeling of the first one, but your socks bring it back right away. well worth waiting for, and i can’t wait to see what comes next…. however, i’m going to go cast on and savor every stitch of this one until then.

  5. Petra 13 December 2009 at 12:30 am #

    They look really nice. I added the pattern to today’s door of my advent calendar.

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