Estonian socks

Pattern: Estonian Socks by Nancy Bush, from The Ultimate Sock Book by Vogue Knitting.

The pattern is beautiful, and very easy to knit without a chart once you get the hang of it. It still took me four months to finish this pair of socks, but that’s mainly because I’m scrambling to outfit an army of babies.

Needles: Susan Bates dpns, US 0.

Yarn: Paddington handpainted sock yarn, 100% British Blue Faced Leicester 3-ply superwash wool, Ashes of Roses colorway (422 yards, 3.5 oz). The yarn vendor is Mocha’s Fiber Connection in Colchester, CT, and I purchased this skein at the 2009 New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival.

I didn’t find working with BFL particularly different than working with merino, but I was happy to have the experience nonetheless. The fabric is lovely, and feels very durable. This particular yarn is definitely on the thin side – my gauge was 9.5 sts and 13 rounds per inch, eek! That’s the main reason I went with the Estonian Socks pattern: it’s written for 9 sts and 12 rounds per inch, while most other sock patterns use an even larger (or is it smaller?) gauge. I ended up omitting a few calf decreases to make a comfortable foot circumference, and worked the foot over 76 stitches.

So, it’s very easy to see that these socks are an approximate reincarnation of the Traveler’s Stockings I knit many years ago: same designer, similar scalloped edge and yarn color, twisted stitch design elements. And you know what? I loved knitting both patterns :). Interestingly, neither sock pair ended up with my grandmother, an obvious candidate for receiving anything “dusty rose”. The Traveler’s Stockings went to my great aunt, and these Estonian Socks I gave to Stacie who’s a crafty superstar, and has been helping me with all sorts of things lately. I hope she enjoys them!

31 thoughts on “Estonian socks

  1. MaryLou

    Beautiful job! How do you make those perfect joins at the edge of the heel gusset? And I love the pattern at the back of the heel (eye of partridge?)

  2. mai

    these are beautiful! i love the way they look from the back. the fancy cuff and heel are my favorite part.

  3. Kimberly

    I also have that sock book and it’s lovely. I keep telling myself that i will make two at a time, but until I’m brave enough….I’ll wait..lol…I have 2nd sock syndrome

  4. Amy

    Oh, Kathy, they’re just breathtaking. I loved this sock pattern in the book and have had it marked for some time now. Lucky Stacie!

  5. njstacie

    I AM loving them! And I loved showing them off to everyone in the MidWest, too. They are super-fantastic-comfy-cozy-beautiful :) Thank you!

  6. Seanna Lea

    I have that book, and I don’t think I even thought to make them. I think I will have to rethink this, because I love the heel patterning too much not to at least crib that for my next pair of socks.

  7. Kaleidoscope

    Absolutely lovely. I made the Traveller’s Stockings for my mother for Christmas. That was the Christmas of the near-nervous-breakdown — I knit a pair of socks for each member of the family! Needless to say, I haven’t revisited that book since, but maybe it’s time to…

  8. Shelda

    Oh, they’re gorgeous! I just love how you keep on keepin’ on, knitting one glorious pair of socks after another. Along with all the other stuff, of course. I really enjoy your blog!

  9. Judy

    Thanks for sharing this pattern, not that I need another knitting book, but I do need this great pattern.

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