Ni Julep by Nicola W

Ni Julep

August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
301 - 383 yards (275 - 350 m)
S, M, & L
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“We want… a shrubbery!”

Technically this pattern is a mix of my Traffic Island socks, and my Twist of Citrus socks; a little bit of feather and fan, and a little bit of chevron knitting, and was originally meant for self-striping yarn (I was going to call it something minty as the eyelet pattern looks rather Lamiaceae-y) but on working a non-stripey version it looks like a shrubbery is working up the leg…

A minty shrubbery??? … And a socktail was born!*

This is an easy toe-up, Fish Lips Kiss Heel sock that works with all yarn colourings from self-striping to solid!

If you don’t know (AND WHY NOT????) The Knights Who Say Ni are fictional characters from the film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. For King Arthur to pass by the Knights Who Say Ni (“ni”) he is instructed to find them a shrubbery. A nice one, and not too expensive. They return with a shrubbery (the laurels of which are particularly appreciated) but instead of being let past, Arthur and his knights must find… ANOTHER SHRUBBERY, to place by the one they brought already, only slightly higher to get a two-layer effect with a little path running down the middle…