Canyon Walls – These “canyons” have a dark floor (the sole), then the variegated stripes mimic rock strata.
Syncopation – Color stripes and two simple stitch patterns alternate in an orderly way to syncopate nicely and produce gentle undulations in just the right places.
Balanced Biases – Diagonal panels of stockinette stitch diverge at center back and converge at center front, maintaining symmetrical balance throughout.
Let the Yarn Shine – Just good old stockinette stitch here, but the scrumptiously color-variegated yarn (Crazy Zauberball from Skacel) makes a dynamite pair of socks.
Lace Trellis – One of the four all-over diamond trellis designs, this one is rendered in simple lace.
Purl Trellis – Here the diamond trellis lines are done in purl stitches which meet over the foot to form other shapes. All shaping for the whole sock top is done at the Y-shaped lines.
Traveling Trellis – This third member of the trellis quartet is a favorite because the toe shaping blends so perfectly with the traveling stitch diamonds, and because ya gotta love Blue Moon’s name for this color:”Pond Scum.”
Fair Isle Trellis – The technique used here for the diamond trellis is two-color stranding, aka Fair Isle. The trellis lines arc gracefully up the leg from the sole and form half-stars over the toe.
Fair-Gyle – Two classic favorites are represented here: Argyle and a red-and-white color scheme. The color-stranding technique (Fair Isle) happily needs no intarsia or bobbins.
Semi Aran – Borrowing from Aran sweater design, these cables are really one-over-one traveling stitches. That allows rich variation of pattern motifs without making the socks too thick.
Meandering Mesh – Panels of lace rise diagonally up to the left from the sole, so they meander on the foot but settle into orderly spirals on the leg.
Flaming Arrows – Double decreases and double increases form arrow points at the cuff while bending color variegations into zigzags along the way.
Shaded Golden Ratio – A nod to Fibonacci here sports light and dark stripes in graduaded shades which conform, with a bit of artistic license, to the golden ratio.
Irises – This impressionistic rendering of iris beds uses a simple slip-stitch technique and requires knitting with only one color per round.
Twining Vines – The side to side symmetry of this lace design makes the vines merge in perfect mirror imagery at center front and back.
Purl Parallelograms – Another instance of symmetry at center front and back; in this case it makes the merging parallelograms change into other geometric shapes.
Louvered Light – Here a color- stranded design has minimum difficulty but maximum effect, with the louvers being slanted and the light filtering in between them.
Poinsettia – This traveling stitch design is basically concentric diamonds with a slight modification that changes the diamonds into leaves.
It is so wonderful to see Betty doing these amazing and original
socks ! We miss you in Rochester Betty. Best of luck to you.
Thank you so much for the kind words and good wishes, Rollie! I would truly enjoy seeing you and RKG and Rochester again — especially in lilac time!
Beth is correct. One wants to pick up and knit all of them