I’ve cast on for another pair of socks! I have been lusting after the Esther socks by Stephanie van der Linden since I first laid eyes on them. They were designed for the Socken-Kreativ-Liste, a German yahoo-KAL with 2000 members, but they’re available as a free download (in English) at Ravelry. I”m using my second ball of Zwerger Garn Opal, the same yarn I used for the Tesselators. This ball’s green. So far, it’s been a much better experience than with the blue yarn … this ball was easily wound into separate sock balls without weeping or gnashing of teeth.
This pattern has a wonderful texture that’s brought about by heavy use of twisted stitches. There are elements of lace and there’s a cable. The “wrong side” rows also require some attention (they’re not just a straight k-around). There is also a picot cuff — a first for me! It starts with a provisional cast-on. This is where you crochet a bunch of chain stitches using spare yarn and then use that as a scaffold for knitting the first row; you pull the spare yarn out later to produce “live” stitches for knitting in the other direction. In this case, the knitting was folded over and the “live” stitches were knit together with the active ones to make a hem with a decorative edge:
Here’s half of the decorative pattern; it’s lovely.