The Cloths of Heaven Socks by Vivienne Morgan

The Cloths of Heaven Socks

February 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
40 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch in stranded colourwork
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
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Last year, I was approached by the Border Tart and asked if I would like to design a pair of fingerless mitts to showcase her beautiful hand dyed indigo 4 ply yarn. Thus was born the pattern for the “Heart in Hand” Mitts. Now, I have adapted the pattern for a pair of mid-calf toe-up socks with a sole gusset.I have called them “The Cloths of Heaven Socks”, after the poem by W B Yeats, the final line of which says “Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams”. The name seems appropriate for these celestial-themed socks.

As with all my sock patterns, they are designed to fit an average Woman’s size 5 (UK) foot, but are easily adaptable to fit larger or smaller sizes by using different sized needles, and adding or subtracting pattern rows.

Any 4 ply sock yarn could be used, I used a little over 60g of the dark blue, and most of a 50g ball of off-white. The gold accent yarn used less than a couple of yards. I think they would look splendid if knit in The Border Tart’s Blue Moon Indigo dyed Superwash Merino/nylon 4 ply sock yarn, like the mitts!

He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven, by W B Yeats.

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.