Pattern: ‘Highland Schottische Kilt Hose’ from Folk Socks by Nancy Bush.
Yarn: Apple Laine Apple Pie sock yarn, in ‘aubergine’, 4 skeins
Needles: 2.75 mm DPNs
Cast On: May 13, 2007
Cast Off: May 31, 2007
Notes: As soon as I saw Terhi’s beautiful execution of this pattern, I knew I had to have some on my own. Seeing these socks on someone’s feet makes all the difference.
I did add some length in the leg to accommodate my height (I’m 5’9″ and also wear size 11 shoes), and I did not use most of the 4th skein but did definitely need it as the 3rd skein only got me as far as the gusset on the 2nd sock.
The pattern wasn’t too challenging for anyone familiar with socks already. The biggest challenge is the lacy pattern in the cuff, but once the cuff is done then it’s straight on in the moderate lace rib and a few decreases, and before you know it you’re working the heel flap and gussets.
The yarn has a slight halo due to some mohair content, but the feel is gorgeous thanks to a bit of silk and nylon. I blogged in a previous post about my concerns with the dye consistency in the yarn, however, as 3 of these 4 skeins had patches with small dark stripes in the yarn (I suspect you can see this effect on the FOs if you look out for it), as well as several joins. As a result I am hesitant to use this yarn again, save for the remaining 3 skeins I own. But if the dye inconsistencies can be resolved in the Apple Laine production – wowzers, what a gorgeous yarn. You’ll want to pet it.
And now to conclude with a mini kilt hose picspam:
I think it is safe to say I will be knitting more Nancy Bush socks in the future. Also, more knee socks, and I will now have to go make sure my skirts and shoes are suitable to be worn with knitted garments of this station.