Trailing Ivy in Simply Knitting 135 – available to purchase from 19th June 2015 These gorgeous socks are designed by Clare Devine, and feature lovely rich cables. They're worked in DK, which I think is really cool - there aren't enough nice DK sock patterns about, and they work up so quickly and are great to wear. Clare says: "Inspired by the beautiful subtle green tones of Eden Cottage’s colourway Hyssop these socks feature a meandering cable detail that sweeps along the sock. This slightly unusual cable has reverse stocking stitch sections, highlighted by the superb stitch definition of Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo DK.   [Both sock images belong to Simply Knitting.] Worked from the toe up the design is easy to adapt to desired foot length and features a heel flap style turn with a reinforced heel for added strength. The cable, flanked by wide ribbing, runs along the foot and continues up the leg until it meets a deep ribbed cuff; a perfect ending for these striking socks. These cable details are mirrored and placed off-centre; giving a left and right sock, the details can be worn on the inside or outside of the foot.    The joy of knitting toe up means you can use up every scrap of Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo if you choose to. You can easily get a large size UK7 or 8 from two skeins of this delicious yarn, and if you shorten the leg slightly you could knit much larger socks from 200g of DK, just knit until your yarn runs out. Trailing Ivy is available in three sizes S (M, L), to fit foot circumference up to: 21 (23:26)cm / 8¼ (9:10¼)in." About the yarn - Tempo DK is superwash wool/nylon, which means it can be thrown in the wash, and will take a huge amount of abuse in my experience. And yet, it's soft and kind to the feet. Hyssop is a sort of dusky teal - I think SK's pics make it look more of a light green than it really is, and I personally think the image below is more accurate for colour. It can look quite blueish in some lights too. We have this yarn in stock -  if you go to the ECY home page you'll be able to see it, and below is what I have on the shelves right now:    (That's Hyssop there at the top of this image) There are other DK yarns too, which are superwash. Oakworth DK would work really well, as it's a nice crisp yarn:    Titus DK has silk in, so if you are reluctant to use nylon this would be worth trying. It's also gorgeously silky-soft, so would be such a treat for your feet.   Finally there's always Bowland DK, which as I'm sure many of you will know, is soft and lustrous. I would recommend that you hand wash this though really. If you're planning to wear your socks a lot I would go with Tempo DK or Oakworth DK (ideally Tempo). Anyway, the Bowland DK shelf currently looks like this:   There should be more DK in the July update as well (that's not the one on the 5th of July, but the next one). If you'd like to be kept informed you might want to join our mailing list, which you can do on the homepage.


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    It won’t be available elsewhere right now, but once Clare gets her copyright back (usually six, twelve, or 18 months) I’m sure she’ll publish it on Ravelry and/or on her website.

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  • Hi Victoria – How might we get hold of the sock pattern without buying a copy of Simply Knitting? Is it available elsewhere online as a download?

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