court line – lyos january 2009

6 Jan

court line

Pattern: Court Line, by erqsome knits

Yarn: Pagewood Farms St Elias  (450 yds/142 g)

Needles: 2.5 mm DPNs

Comments: Many years ago, my dad managed to score a job working for one of Britain’s largest airlines, Court Line. It was the late Sixties, a time when jet-setting was for only the privileged few. He joined at barely 20 years of age and very quickly learned to take advantage of the possibilities working in an airline offered. He flew wherever he could and as often as they would let him.

Today is not just the Loumms Year of Socks deadline, but it’s also my dad’s 60th birthday and these socks are my gift to him. They are inspired by all those adventures I grew up hearing about. The sight of the Alps as the plane brushed over top, the way you can see the curve of the earth from the cockpit and how just over the white cliffs of Dover there comes the silver gleam of the sun hitting the Mediterranean.

My dad is a mixed bag, he loves Thelonius Monk and Bach equally, Victorian spires and steel arches just the same. I tried to invoke this myriad contradictions by mixing clean industrial lines, which sweep down the foot, with the organic texture of a cabled rib that motled the back of the leg. It’s my version of the strange fusion of engine fuel and thorny hedgerows that still inspires my dad to explore the world.

‘Court Line’ is the fifth pattern released under the Loumms Year of Socks. You can

on Ravelry. It will be soon available on Etsy.

Please note, we are re-releasing all our Loumms Year of Socks designs as paid-for patterns. As well as re-tech-editing each pattern, we will be reformatting each pattern and offering tips, hints and clever ideas to make knitting these socks better than ever!


10 Responses to “court line – lyos january 2009”

  1. Laura 6 January 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    Another beautiful design! I’ve got to knit faster so that I can actually cats on for a pair of Loumms socks. These are just lovely :)

  2. Roobeedoo 7 January 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Oooh – another beauty! I am looking forward to casting on once I finish the second Mulled Wine sock. My husband will approve of this manly design!

  3. brokeknits 8 January 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    Seriously, you guys design socks faster than I can knit them. These look lovely!

  4. tea and cake 10 January 2009 at 10:47 am #

    These are fab, Mr T will feel posh in them!

  5. kay-from the back yard 15 January 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    These are really lovely. Thanks for sharing them!

  6. Lorrie Nesbitt 16 June 2009 at 3:56 am #

    Help! I am just beginning this pair of socks and I don’t understand what you mean by “Knit two together, K1 from first st” I know how to knit two together, but what do you mean by knit one from the first stitch afterwards?

  7. loumms 16 June 2009 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Lorrie, Great question! It’s a bit of a weird stitch, but literally all you do is knit into the first stitch of the two you just knit together, so that instead of decreasing you maintain the same number of sts.

    Take your left-hand needle and dip it down into the first st of the k2tog (which is sitting on the right-hand needle), and knit it as usual, then slip this new stitch next to the RH needle. The resulting effect is that the knit st crosses in front of the k2tog.

    Hope this helps! xx emmms

  8. Lorrie Nesbitt 16 June 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    Ohhhhh, I get it, that makes sense now. Thank you, and thank you very much for such a speedy reply!

  9. lee 21 July 2009 at 10:21 am #

    hi emmms……

    came across this site under a search of court line… father used to work for the airline too in the early 70’s! what is your dad’s name?

    our fam name is keeping…..

    Sorry this has nothing to do with socks!


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