Hidden Valley Socks »
InstructionsQuite easy to do in stranded pattern. The Mitten Toe is unsual but easy to do and makes a really neat finish to the sock. Have tot take care that stranding is not too tight.
I started these in solid sock yarns and they work well too.
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Traditional, Classic
Materials Yarns Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn (Fingering) 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon 462yds (422m)/100g 1 x 100g skein #24192 Kindling (Browns), Yarn A 1 x 100g skein #24193 Foliage (Oranges), Yarn B Needles 1 set of 5 dpns or circ(s) size US 1 (2.25 mm), or size to match the gauge given. Notions 1 tapestry needle to weave in ends 1 stitch marker to mark beg of rnds
What was your inspiration?
A peninsula in North Devon surrounded by coastline is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Most visitors flock to the coast with long sandybeaches and enticing surf. Not many visitors realise that tucked away, in the interior, there is a beautiful valley with a climate of its own. It rains a lot, hence the lushness of the green grass. My ancestors had a dairy farm here and a country lane is named after our family. This area is known as The Hidden Valley and these socks are inspired by the Fall colors of leaves that slowly change from the end of Summer, taking the peninsula into a late British Autumn.
What are you most proud of?
The leaf motifs are original charts designed by me. I like my pin stripe heel and sole, and the mitten top toe.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Why not try to knit this using solid shades of yarn instead?
These socks have simple leaf print motifs and acorn outlines worked against the variegated
background. The socks are knitted from the top down with a two-color ribbed cuff. The heel is a
traditional heel flap and gusset but knitted in a tailored pin-stripe with a matching pin-stripe mitten