new pattern: agatha c.

25 Jul

Intuitive yet challenging, the central cables that run down the front and back of the socks complement rather than mirror each other, while the twin cables that flank them provide a grounding sensibility that help reorient you whenever things get tricky.

I am so pleased to finally introduce Agatha C., my new (though not brand new) sock pattern. Worked top down, Agatha C. incorporates a simple well-turned picot cuff, a sturdy Welsh heel and neat Bavarian cables.

It is named, of course, for the inimitable Agatha Christie and inspired by her characters’ abilities to unravel twisting knots of all varieties, and recommended to be knit up in Sweet Clement Smitten or Sweet Clement Smitten II (which is exactly the same as the original Smitten but includes a touch of nylon).

Aggy made her official debut at the Bothered Owl event back in December and has spent the last 6 months available exclusively at the Sweet Clement Yarns Etsy shop, and is now available on Ravelry and our own Etsy shop, Made by Loumms. Pippa (the genius behind Sweet Clement) had asked me to knit up some of her new yarn line as samples for the event, but as soon as I cast on Agatha coughed and ‘ahemed’ delicately until I stopped faffing about with a vanilla sock and starting paying attention to the story she was trying to tell me.

The fat ply of the yarn endears itself to cables, especially tight, twisty, Bavarian-style cables. Agatha made herself known, revealing the yarn’s excellent definition and such sproinginess (technical term) that allows the cables to stand out yet retain their elasticity.

Perhaps more important than these considerations, given the yarn is hand-dyed, the colourway itself lends the cables real depth. I love semi-solids and Pippa has such a gift for them; but not all semi-solids are created equal. Some are bland and boring; some a rich and tonal. Pippa’s semi-solids, like the Mallard colourway, are secretly deeply variegated. Each stitch is a different shade of green and blue, sometimes veering into a dark purple, covering the entire palette. The range of colour is subtle and glorious.

Agatha C. is available for purchase at the Made by Loumms Etsy site, Sweet Clement Yarns, where it will soon be available in a kit (including one of our Wristers and a skein of Sweet Clement Smitten), and on Ravelry. Sweet Clement Yarns is available on Etsy.

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