Tula av Isfolket
‘Once upon a time, many centuries ago, Tengel the Evil went out into the wilderness to sell his soul to the Devil. He became the forefather of the Ice People.
For wealth and power, one of his descendants in every generation would be cursed to serve the devil and perform evil deeds. Their distinguishing feature would be yellow cat’s eyes and they would possess magical powers. Some say they will never be free of the curse until they unearth the cauldron containing the potion Tengel the Evil used to summon the Devil. It is said that one day a child of his blood will be born, gifted with knowledge and wisdom of which the world has never known before, who will end the family curse.
So says the legend but no one knows if it’s true.’
This is the prologue of one of my favourite book series, the chronicle “The Legend of the Ice People” by Margit Sandemo.
Tula av Isfolket is a beautiful, but cursed, member of the Ice People who lived during the 19th century. She has a natural ability to hex people who harm her beloved family. Still, she knows the difference between right and wrong, so she is very careful with her magic.
Because she struggles to be good, though all she really wants to do is black magic, she calls herself an ‘Angel with Veiled Horns’.
During her late teens, she meets the love of her life, and when with him she can control her magic. After her husband’s death, however she and her relative, Heike, embark on a quest to the Valley of the Ice People to try to find Tengel the Evil’s Cauldron. This quest turns out to be a dangerous journey…
For this sock, I have tried to capture my own image of the entrance to the Valley of the Ice People, which is a passage under a glacier. The colourway I chose for my sample is Isdrottning (Ice Queen) from the Swedish indie-dyer Limmo-design
Limmo-design hand-dyed sockyarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) 420m/100g
310 (340, 370, 400) m / 340 (375, 410, 440) yards
Note that meterage / yardage may differ depending on the length of the sock.
Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
Sock is designed to have a negative ease of 1.5-2.5 cm / 0.5-1” to fit a foot circumference 15-17.5 (17.5-20, 20-22.5, 22.5-25) cm / 6-7 (7-8, 8-9, 9-10)”
The length of the sock is adjustable. For a good fit, make socks 2.5 cm / 1” shorter than foot length.
The socks are knit with a tight gauge to make the fabric more durable.
On 2.25 mm / US1 needles:
38 sts and 48 rnds = 10x10 cm / 4x4” in st st
34 sts and 45 rnds = 10x10 cm / 4x4” in pattern
Make sure that both row and stitch gauge is correct if you want a sock that fits well. I am a tight knitter so you may need to go down a needle size to obtain gauge.
3 non-identical stitch markers
2.25 mm / US1 circular needles 80 or 100 cm / 32” or 40”, or size needed to obtain gauge
Judy’s Magic Cast On, video tutorial – http://youtu.be/gkyd3nq3Yn8
Magic Loop, video tutorial – http://youtu.be/1mqIqRdJc68
German Short Rows, video tutorial – http://youtu.be/52qy8OOb-s0
German Short Rows, written tutorial – www.lamaisonrililie.com/knittingtherapy/german-short-rows
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off – http://youtu.be/53Mtbkyf5CQ
The pattern is professional tech edited by James Bartley
Thank you so much to all my test knitters: Julia, Lina, Susanne, Gerd, Elin, Anna-Pia and Katarina.
Last but not least, my sample knitter Ida!
You all are amazing!