Trenched Spiral Socks (2010)

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Spiral Trench Socks
Pattern:  Hybrid!  See notes, below.

  Trekking Pro Natura, (approx 245m / 270 yds)
Method:  Hand knitting
Completed:  January 13 2010.

These are my standard socks -- toe up, following Wendy's Toe-Up pattern, and Cat Bordhi's Riverbed Arch expansion/plain heel.  For the  ankle, I was inspired by the "Whirlpool socks" from Laura Nelkin (in "Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarn").   I liked the principle of the swirl, to help break up some of the striping from the variegated yarn, without having the colour variations arguing with (or obscuring) the stitch pattern.  However, that was a top-down pattern, and I didn't want to do beads.  I wanted to emphasize the raised stitches on either side of a "channel" or "trench", to make spiral "ridges".  So, I messed around and came up with the following (using the Knitter's Magazine fonts, which are a really useful tool):  the 8 stitch repeat is as follows (with the broken rib pattern I used for the top cuff, thrown in for free ;-) ).

stitch pattern

trench closeuptrench detail, on ankle Ankle/trench detail, lying flat and on the ankle.  Also, detail of the broken rib cuff patterning.
whole sock, side
Whole sock, on the hoof
happy feet!
Happy hooves!

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