Fifth one

The genius of Nancy Bush unfolds in another pair of socks.

Stripy heels and toes, calf shaping, and a gentle texture.

Pattern: Gentleman’s Sock in Railway Stitch from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks. I didn’t change anything significant about the pattern – worked the foot over more stitches and knit a more blunt toe.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in cedar, 2 skeins. For the contrast I used Lorna’s Laces in chino, leftover from my dad’s socks (as usual, I visited Linda to scratch that Lorna’s itch).

Needles: Susan Bates US 0 dpns, set of 5.

Nancy Bush does it for a fifth time: Gentleman’s Socks in Railway Stitch join these other KVS beauties: Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern, Gentleman’s Fancy Socks, Gentleman’s Sock with Lozenge Pattern, and Yarrow Ribbed Sock. And Lorna’s Laces never lets me down – watching the subtle variegation keeps me entertained each and every time.

50 thoughts on “Fifth one

  1. Teresa

    Very nice indeed! I love the subtle shaping towards the calf. Helps to reduce the “scrunchy” and “slouchy” tendency of a normal sock. I’m really impressed with your work.

  2. Janine

    Beautifully done. I especially like the calf shaping. I’d already marked these socks as something that my dad would like – and now I’d like a pair as well :).

  3. Heidi

    These are beautiful! I will have to get that book soon. Love the colors! Yes, you can always rely on Lorna’s Laces for a great knitting experience. :)

  4. Ann Lim

    Such a lovely pair of socks – really love them! As I have been reading your blog for sometime & know that you are a great fan of Lorna Laces & will like to seek your advice. I just knitted 1 Jaywalker (thanks for the pattern) using Lorna Laces & the colors pooled. Check my blog for pics of the sock. Will love to hear what you think. Thanks & Happy Sock Knitting!

  5. Marlena

    And to think I actually considered making those without striped heels and toes. Thank you for showing me the error of my ways! Those look great!

  6. Elinor

    Wonderful color choices for those socks! I made these a few mos back but misread the railway stitch pattern, modified the heel and accidentally forgot the toe stripes. Seeing yours makes me want to knit from the book! BTW, I just finished some Canal du Midi socks. I never would have tried them if it hadn’t been for your photos. The model in the book does nothing for that sock pattern! Thanks!

  7. Nancy

    Wonderful socks! I agree, Nancy Bush’s patterns are great. Your pictures make me want to knit socks full time! I really like that striped heel. That’s an idea I just might add into my SIP right now. Your photography is excellent. It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog.

  8. Stephanie

    I like them as well. I have the book, and tried knitting one of the patterns, however I let someone else substitute yarn, and it wasn’t a good choice. You have made me want to revisit that book.

  9. Lolly

    Great socks, Kathy! Nancy Bush never lets us down :) It is interesting to see the shaping on the back of this pattern… not quite calf shaping… is is Achilles tendon shaping? :) Looks great.

  10. Sally A

    You’ve sold me. I have to buy the book! I just hope it comes with your knitting skills. These are just adorable (can you say that about “gentleman’s socks?). I love them and they make me smile, too.

  11. Tara

    Once again, AMAZING socks. You are so fast! How long does it take you to knit a pair of socks?

  12. Jomy

    I love how you can make us think that you’re putting all your effort into one craft indulgence, but are working coughcrankingcough so hard off what is mentioned on the blog.

    Last time I checked, you were on the heel of the FIRST sock!

    I don’t know how you balance your workload so well.

    Either way, I’m sure you’ve got it down to a science. :)

  13. Shelda

    As usual, I’m impressed with your work! Those look grand, and your photos show them off to perfection. I’ll have to take another look at that pattern. I really like how you interpreted it.

    And I love your little quilted squares. Tres cool!

  14. Lisa

    I’ve been lurking around for a couple of months now. I’m popping out to say that I have no idea who Nancy Bush is and have never knitted a sock. But because of you, I *want* to know Nancy Bush and I want to knit socks. Thanks for the inspiration, you do wonderful work. ~ Lisa

  15. marie in florida

    the gentle color change of your favorite yarn makes those new sox really look like old socks! brilliant

  16. GoldieLocs

    These are really great socks. I would love to try these for my son, who’s four. They’re just great with the striped heel and toe. Wow.

  17. tabitha

    Wow. Those are beautiful socks. What a great choice of colors. You know I have that book and I totally ignored that pattern. I am going to have to give it another look. I have knit several socks from the book and really like Nancy Bush’s books because I learn so much from them.

  18. Tonia

    Yet another pair of great socks! The railway stitch is gorgeous, and I love the heels, particularly the way the stripes emphasize the structural line of the picked-up edges.

  19. Valerie

    Thank you! I had been knitting and frogging a pair of socks from STR yarn all weekend because I didn’t like the way they were striping. Thanks to the link to your STR Yarrow Ribbed Socks I have finally found a stitch count and pattern which allows the colours to blend evenly. Perhaps 54 stitches is the magic number for STR lightweight.

    Your new socks are great, too and I agree, Nancy Bush’s sock books are the best.

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