Curling Mist Socks by Helen Stewart

Curling Mist Socks

January 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
383 yards (350 m)
Small, Medium, Large
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This is the first pattern in The Handmade Sock Society Season 4

Here in the eucalyptus forest, first thing in the morning, it’s like another world. For a few magical hours, just before the sun takes over, this place is cool and dim. Sculptural gum trees reach for the sky. Mist rises from the forest floor, curling around the trunks and branches. Crush a few leaves gently in your hand, and breathe deeply. That wonderful scent; part honey, part peppermint, part citrus, will follow you all the way home.

The Curling Mist Socks capture the fresh loveliness of an early walk in an Australian forest. They are knit from the top down, with tiny cables that begin right at the edge and continue all over the leg and onto the top of the foot. The pattern ends with a ribbed heel flap and gusset and a wedge toe, but of course you can easily substitute your favourite finishes, and choose from three sizes for your ideal fit.

The Handmade Sock Society is a mystery pattern subscription club for anyone who loves socks, secrets, and making wonderful things in the company of other big-hearted knitters. With six mystery sock knitting patterns released over six months, it is an adventure in creativity and community.

The collection:

The fourth season of the Handmade Sock Society celebrates life lived close to the landscape, whether it’s just a few days’ escape from the city or a family tradition stretching back generations.

As makers, we know that slow living and slow work carry a beautiful paradox: it grounds us, and it frees us. It awakens our sensitivity to small details and the passing of time. It offers us a sense of endless possibility and shows us the pleasures of little rituals and routines repeated day after day.

Out in the middle of nowhere, your senses wake up. A cool breeze on your face for a few moments in the early morning gives way to the scents of lavender and eucalyptus as you brush past on your way up the hill. There’s the crunch of grass and gravel beneath your shoes, and the slow contented croon of chickens waking up. The rising sun makes quick work of a few lingering clouds, and suddenly, you can see for miles. If your heart is yearning for adventure, it’s waiting for you over the next rise. If you’d rather stay and potter in the garden all afternoon, there’s plenty to discover right here under your feet.

How it works:

The first mystery sock pattern of the season will be released in February 2021, with another pattern following each month until July. This is a nurturing, relaxed knitalong experience, open to knitters of every level. There’s no pressure to “keep up” with the crowd, and our warm and welcoming knitalong community is always available to help, encourage, and cheer you along the way. In past seasons we’ve had people casting on their very first sock with us, along with expert-level knitters who have been filling drawers with handmade socks for years and years.

The pattern difficulty will be between “intrepid beginner” and intermediate. You can expect some interesting stitch patterns, a touch of lace, a simple little cable or two, but care is taken to introduce new techniques with plenty of instruction, and there’s always someone waiting and willing to help you out if you get stuck.

So pack a rucksack and a picnic. Rummage in your stash and polish up your knitting needles. We’re going to the country.

Pattern release dates:

Thursday, February 4th
Thursday, March 4th
Thursday, April 1st
Thursday, May 6th
Thursday, June 3rd
Thursday, July 8th

The details:

  • Membership in The Handmade Sock Society 4 grants you access to six stunning knitted sock patterns which will be released one every month until July.

  • The patterns will remain completely exclusive to Society members until the session ends.

  • This is a pre-sale. When you purchase the collection, you will receive a PDF infosheet. Then, as each sock design is released, you will receive updates with the PDF patterns.

  • The Handmade Sock Society 4 collection is available at a special early bird price for just a short time.

  • The early bird price for the collection is £9.95 (+ applicable tax, automatically added). This includes all SIX sock designs and works out to less than half price of the patterns individually.

  • The early bird ends when the first pattern is released and the regular price will be £15 (+applicable tax).

  • All the designs are written for fingering weight/4 ply/sock yarn, so this will be an excellent stashbuster for many!

  • If you do want to treat yourself to new yarn or just want some inspiration, I will post yarn spoilers on Ravelry before each pattern is released so you can shop or stash dive to find the perfect yarn for your socks.

  • The patterns are all for knitted socks. Most will be confident beginner level but one or two will require more intermediate skills.

  • The patterns will be written in the Curious Handmade Percentage Checklist Pattern™ format and I will include charts where needed.