Argyle is the Watchword

I’m beyond thrilled to finally show you my latest pattern design, one which has been in the works for quite a while. Earlier versions of this sock appeared over two years ago, but in the New Year I made myself go back to it and after working away steadily on the new samples for weeks and weeks, finally I get to show it off at long last! I present the Neptune High socks. This mini-argyle sock pattern is now available through my Ravelry store as well as through Patternfish, and comes with instructions for both a knee-high version and a ‘regular’ length, shorter version. (Sale price in both locations is $6.00) Any hard-copy availability will be announced as soon as it is available, but for the moment this is an online download only.

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So, at the very least, this is an argyle sock pattern. I’d started this a while back and then, what with finishing my PhD dissertation, and teaching courses, and working on other designs, it got pushed to the wayside. And I sort of figured that in the mean time, someone else would have done a pattern very much like this and picked up the ball where I dropped it. But as far as I can tell no one has, so I marshalled my powers of stick-to-it-iveness and went back to it, and now you too can follow these instructions and take your colour-work skills and sock-knitting skills and make yourself a badass pair of argyle socks in whatever colour combination you want.

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More than just an argyle sock pattern, though, this pattern takes inspiration from another early 21st Century cult television classic, Veronica Mars. Veronica was pretty kickass. I sort of feel like if I’d had even a fragment of her perseverance and awesomeness when I was in highschool – or, let’s face it, even now – I’d be doing pretty damned well. She stuck up for herself and did it with a sense of style, no less.

When this show aired a few years back, it was around the time when argyle was starting to come back in popular fashion, and it cropped up a few times in Veronica’s wardrobe. Or if not argyle print, then other hip-but-still-sort-of-preppy outfits that always blended bright colours like pink and green with the more neutral tones, and it really really worked.

It’s this very colour inspiration that brought me to the samples you see here – bright and modern colours applied to a highly traditional and classic design.

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With the Neptune High socks, you are essentially getting two-patterns-in-one. The instructions come in two variations – one is a knee-high version, complete with my tips on how to achieve best fit for knee-high fit and shaping (I include pattern instructions for shaping but everyone’s leg is likely to be a bit different, so it’s good to know when to try on and where to measure your leg and so forth). This version includes sizing for an upper calf circumference of between 13 and 17 inches, and foot/ankle circumference of between 8 and 10 ins in circumference. Shaping instructions are included for decreasing on either side of the back of the leg. For best fit, measure your own leg and foot and modify the pattern guidelines if you believe you would achieve a better fit by doing so.

The second version is a shorter version which is a more typical length for a regular sock, a little more practical for everyday wear, or perhaps a better option for knitters inclined to dive in a little more gradually. The shorter version also includes a small amount of shaping to accommodate a comfortable fit. Again, the pattern provides guidelines for foot/ankle sizing between 8 and 10 ins in circumference. (As an FYI, both samples shown here are size Medium, for a foot/ankle circumference of 9 ins and upper calf circumference of 15 ins).

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The argyle stitch pattern is charted, and stitch gauge over this stranded colour-work pattern is 9 sts per inch. For me, I tend to achieve this gauge using about the same as, or possibly 1 size smaller, than what I would use to achieve 8 sts per inch in plain stockinette. For best results, please knit a gauge swatch first (in the round is preferable), check your gauge often as you knit, and adjust your needle size if necessary.

This is, needless to say, a moderately advanced pattern. You need some comfort level with colour-work, sock construction, and working from a chart. However, I will say that having knit this a few times myself, after a while the argyle pattern sort of burns itself into your brain and you just keep on knitting a little more easily with every repeat. This pattern will offer you a bit of challenge, but will absolutely be worth it in the end.

The overall sock construction is a straight-up cuff-down, flap-heel sock. The cuff, heel flap, and toe are all worked in a single colour (the Main Colour), which means you need a bit more yardage in the MC than for the Contrast Colour. (Yardage guidelines are included). As with my past sock patterns, I offer guidelines for both Double-Pointed Needles (DPNs) as well as Magic Loop. (I used Magic Loop to execute these – incidentally I tend to prefer ML for colour-work).

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As for yarns, the samples here are worked in Van Der Rock Yarns merino sock (promethium/bismuth, in the shorter version), and Tanis Fiber Arts fingering weight (royal flush/stormy, in the knee-high version). A variety of moderate-to-light fingering weight yarns would be appropriate, essentially anything that gets you a colour-work gauge of 9 sts/inch. If you’re concerned about stability for the single-colour heel flap, choose something wtih a bit of nylon blended in for the Main Colour.

The first time I drafted a copy of this pattern I sent copies to Lisa, Chante, and Clare/Clarabelle for test-knitting and for their original feedback I am still extremely grateful. On the second go-around this time, I sent the pattern to Melanie, my local friend Diana (who also took the lovely photos you see here), as well as the fantabulous Steph of Van Der Rock Yarns (whose yarn appears in the green/pale pink sample here). Thank you so much, ladies, for all your test-knitting efforts.

For those of you who snag this pattern, I hope very much that you’ll enjoy knitting it. As always, if you have questions or discover any pattern errors, please feel free to contact me at crazy.knitting.lady[at]gmail[dot]com and I’ll do my absolute best to work through it with you.

Now go out there and knit yourself some badass socks – argyle or whatever you please.

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44 responses to “Argyle is the Watchword

  1. Nicely done!!! and finally something to cut the knitting ennui!!!

    And thank you for considering us ladies with aslightly more *ahem* “muscular” calf size ;)

  2. barefootrooster

    glenna, these socks are incredible. way beyond my level of comfort right now, but super inspiring — these make me want to add colorwork to my skill set so that i can tackle something like this in the future! sooo pretty, and i love all of these color combos.

  3. Moggle

    Fab socks – loving the bright colours!

  4. bsveum

    Ooh, I love these! Argyle socks with no seaming? Yes please. Clearly I will have to amp up my colorwork skills so I can knit these without them being all puckery. (Also, I LOVE the blue-green/white combo. Very snazzy.)

  5. congrats on the new pattern! they look awesome. Argyle for the win!!

  6. Awesome design. I love the striped sole, it looks so squishy and comfy, but also graphic and cool. Great job once again!

  7. *Applauds!*

    Once again, well done!

  8. I LOVE these socks! You did an awesome job. And I draw much inspiration from the wardrobe choices on Veronica Mars – love that show!

  9. These are gorgeous! Congrats!

  10. These are beautiful socks! I especially love the detail of the striped sole! I’m not quite at the level with my colorwork to feel I can do a full sock and have it fit but these socks make me want to practice my skills right now!

    And I love Veronica Mars…such a refreshingly smart, hip show!

  11. margaret

    I liked these when I saw them the first time on your blog and now I’m happy that I can knit them myself!
    I have to get comfortable with colourwork first, though…

  12. Kim

    I love them! Thanks for making the pattern available.

  13. Anne

    Those are amazing, Glenna! I aspire to knit them some day. I’m not feeling up to it quite yet, however. Must work on my stranded knitting skillz!

  14. i love socks, but haven’t really tackled a substantial colorwork project yet. i think i found my perfect start!! congrats and i love the argyle :)

  15. Beautiful!

    Socks rawk!

  16. You know what I really like about them is the small size of the argyles – just a stunning pattern! Congratulations, it must feel really great to have the whole thing done and out there at last!

  17. Jennifer

    These are so freaking awesome!! I love them- they are going in my queue.

  18. McAmy

    That is 20 pounds of awesome!

  19. Badass indeed! I am so making these this year! You are awesome! :)

  20. clarabelle

    Well done, Glenna, on publishing this lovely pattern! My pair are still holding up well and I swank about in them, fishing for compliments, at any given opportunity. X

  21. They’re gorgeous!!!

  22. Argyle socks! My Mom tells me she used to knit argyle socks! Nice work, Glenna.

  23. rebekahsyarn

    Super cute! Although I must admit I’m covetting your shoes more (as I rarely knit socks because I always lose my socks).

  24. Incredible! I just love them!

  25. Marjorie

    Lovely!!! barefootrooster wrote what i was thinking, so just copy and paste those remarks here:

    also – those shoes are very cute . . . .

  26. Those socks are amazing!! I think I might have to make myself a pair once my wedding knitting is done.

  27. kateohkatie

    Those are drop-dead gorgeous! wow. WOW. Love ‘em! :-)

  28. Very, very cool. Although I am not a sock knitter, even I am tempted!

  29. i’ve died and gone to argyle heaven!!

  30. pia

    I love the socks! I must ask, however what brand are the shoes?? (The ones with the heel??) I love them too!!!!

  31. leslie

    I want to say that your blog is inspiring to me who considers myself an amateur knitter. I also love that you are from Toronto which is where I am originally from but now I live in LA. I in fact bought the sweater book that you recommended in one of your recent posts. These socks are beautiful and I hope to try them one day.

  32. Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh! I LOVE ARGYLE. AND THESE SOCKS ARE FANTASTIC. Thank you, thank you thank you!

  33. LOVE!!! These socks are FANTASTIC!

  34. Ann

    The socks are gorgeous & I love the argyle pattern. I have never done colorwork on a sock before but I am attempt to try this fantastic pattern. Great work !

  35. Absolutely stunning! I love the colors you used.

  36. As everyone else, great shoes! Also I just recently started re-watching season 2 of Veronica Mars so I really appreciate this pattern coming out. I will drool over all the variations that come about in the coming weeks. Thanks!

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  40. Ida

    Hi.
    One of my readers just sent me a link to your blog. I love your socks!

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