These "canyons" have a dark floor (the sole), then the variegated stripes from strata up the walls.

Canyon Walls – These “canyons” have a dark floor (the sole), then the variegated stripes mimic rock strata.

 

Each color stripe has blocks of linen stitch alternating with blocks of stockinette stitch. The two different pattern stitches produce blocks of different sizes, but they all syncopate nicely with each other and produce pleasant undulations.

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.

Biased panels diverge at center back and converge at center front, maintaining symmetrical balance all the way.

Balanced Biases – Diagonal panels of stockinette stitch diverge at center back and converge at center front, maintaining symmetrical balance throughout.

Just good old stockinette stitch here, but the scrumptiously color-variegated yarn (Crazy Zauberball from Skacel) makes a dynamite pair of socks.

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 -

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 shown by purl stitches -- notice how the lines form other shapes at the center foot.

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 absolutely perfectly with the traveling stitch diamonds, and because ya gotta love Blue Moon's name for this color: Pond Scum.

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 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 technique is color stranding (Fair Isle), however, so no intarsia or bobbins are required.

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 cabes are really 1-over-1 traveling stitches. That allows rich variation of pattern motifs and keeps the socks from ending up too thick.

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, making them meander on the foot but settle into orderly spirals on the leg.

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.

Double decreases and increases form arrow points at the cuff, while bending color variegations into zigzags along the way.

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.

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 handling only one color per round.

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.

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 - The side-to-side symmetry of the simple knit-purl pattern makes the parallelograms merge creatively over the foot.

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 - This color- stranded design has minimum difficulty but maximum effect, with the louvers being slanted and the light filtering in between them.

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 them into leaves.

Poinsettia – This traveling stitch design is basically concentric diamonds with a slight modification that changes the diamonds into leaves.

 

3 responses »

  1. Rollie Abkowitz says:

    It is so wonderful to see Betty doing these amazing and original
    socks ! We miss you in Rochester Betty. Best of luck to you.
    Rollie Abkowitz

  2. Edwina N. Golightly says:

    Beth is correct. One wants to pick up and knit all of them

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