Springtime in Chianti by Emma Grundy Haigh
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Springtime in Chianti

March 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
14 stitches = 2 inches
in Stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
4.6-6.5 UK (larger size might be added soon)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

These socks began high up on a mountain road in Tuscany. Originally they were going to be my commemorative knitting project to celebrate Matthew and my first proper holiday in what felt like years. We had taken our tent over to Italy, with only a road map and dreams of freedom to guide us. And for a few short days, it really did feel as though Italy was our oyster. Italy, however, wanted no part in our adventure.

After we left Stia, a small village in the province of Arezzo, we were plagued by one mishap after another. There were good times mixed in (swimming in a fresh mountain lake and getting to meet oleevia being just two of them), but after yet another setback in Emilia Romagna, we had had it.

Feeling like we’d never escape with our sanity if we didn’t, we fled back to the sanctity of Tuscany, where finally, on the very last two days of our Italian tour, we finally felt like we could relax.

Topped with a Gothic Chalice cuff, these socks seek to emulate the winding roads, the awe-inspring architecture and the ancient, undulating landscape of the Tuscany we fell in love with.

These socks are part of the Loumms Year of Socks -- check out what else we have to offer at loumms.wordpress.com!


I completely neglected to include a chart legend in the pattern. Until I upload a revised version, this is it:

the space = k
the dot = p
/ = k2tog
\ = ssk
o = yo