dawn of the dead — lyos october 2009

6 Oct


Just in time to celebrate George A Romero’s trilogy of how many is it now, of the daily threat of a zombie uprising, this sock pays homage to the unrelenting undead hordes. It’s no secret that we at Loumms have a healthy respect for the undead. If you hang out with us long enough, you can be sure conversation will eventually wander over to escape routes, secure zones and ways to ensure your stores never run low. When the zombie uprising comes, we will be ready for it — why else do you think we do all this crafty, gardening, ‘make more with less’ malarkey? We don’t advocate self-sufficiency for nothing!


These socks, the last entry in the Loumms Year of Socks, have been about a year in the making. They began as a spark in Lou’s eye and quickly caught Emmms’s imagination. Between us, they evolved into the piece you see before you. The sock uses lace, drop-stitch cables and elongated stitches to mimic the later stages of zombification.


The elongated drop-stitch cable, which tapers down the leg to the heel, gives a lot of stretch without losing any elasticity in hugging the curve of your calf and ankle. These cables are reflected in the dropped stitches that scuttle down the foot between the lace, to give enough ease to comfortably accommodate narrow and wider feet alike.

We would like to give especial thanks to Claire of Nimu, whom we leapt upon with a barrage of ideas at I Knit. She took our request for zombie grey, blood-fleck red and bruise yellow and created this amazing colourway for us. It’s not only exactly what we were looking for, but it knits and wears like a dream. Claire is both incredibly talented and awfully nice. We wish she lived a bit closer to London so we could fete her regularly with tea and cupcakes.

‘Dawn of the Dead’ is the eighteenth pattern and final to be released under the Loumms Year of Socks, yay! It is available on Ravelry as a free download, but you can download the pattern here.

ERRATA 27-03-10 New errata notes thanks to Ajay!!:

Please ignore where is states: There should now be a total of 64 sts, 46 on the front needle and 14 each on the back two needles,

it should say: There should now be a total of 64 sts, 36 on the front needle and 14 each on the back two needles.

Also for the decomposing tissue chart there are symbol errors on rows 13-14 and 19-20. Symbols for sts 9-12 of row 13 should read as symbols for sts 9 – 12 of row 14 and vice versa.

Symbols for sts 25 – 28 of row 13 should read as symbols for sts 25 – 28 of row 14 and vice versa.

Rows 19 and 20 have the same error.

ERRATA: For the first two rows of the heel flap follow the instructions below

Row 1 (ws): sl1, p1, p8wy4 three times, p2
Row 2 (rs): sl1, k1, cf8 three times, k2
For the remained of the heel flap continue as written in the pattern

***** This pattern is in the process of being re-edited, please bear with us!! The current version available has the correct charts but we want to make sure the text is right, too!*****

Please note that while we’ve done our best to make sure there are no errors, we can’t guarantee 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.

6 Responses to “dawn of the dead — lyos october 2009”

  1. Heather 6 October 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    Ladies – Congratulations!!
    I have really enjoyed your Year of Socks adventures and the patterns have been a lovely added bonus.
    You are really awe-inspiring as I happily knit along.
    Thank you SO much for everything, and all the best in whatever you attempt next.
    Smiles, Heather

  2. risiko 6 October 2009 at 11:22 pm #

    has it really been a year ?
    the year of socks has been so much fun that it just seemed to fly by. the socks (and bo peeps) have been so amazing. thank you so much for sharing the whole adventure with us all and i look forward to seeing what delights you have in store for the future.

  3. Curlie Girl/Kim 7 October 2009 at 2:59 pm #

    Awesome socks!

  4. Robyn 12 October 2009 at 1:38 am #

    These are so cool! Saw these over on Ravelry. The colours and stitch pattern are perfect. Would be great knee-length for a zombie walk…

  5. Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy 13 October 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    l. m. a. o. LOVE the chart names. Thanks for a laugh and a fun pattern!


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