Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Arch-Shaped Norwegian Stockings
Pattern: Norwegian Stockings, Nancy Bush, Folk Socks, with a twist of Meg Swansen's Arch-Shaped Stockings
Yarn: Dale of Norway Heilo in Medium Sheep (3), Mink (2), and Copper (1)
Needles: US2 Clover Bamboo DPNs
Notes: I love the look of these stockings, but never liked the checkerboard heel in the pattern, so I just continued the leg pattern on the heel flap, which I think gives a longer line to the leg.
And then I saw Meg Swansen's Arch-Shaped Stockings and decided to throw that in as well. I prefer the stripes on the sole and toe to the pattern; I think they flow better from the overall pattern on the leg. Yarn dominance becomes especially noticeable in a vertical stripe pattern, and I like the slightly corrugated effect.
I did have to go down a needle size from the recommended 3s, and with 2s I got a nice snug fit and an impenetrable fabric. They're so thick, in fact, that I doubt I'll be able to wear them with any shoes currently in my possession. I'm thinking of buying some clogs.