My husband Tony enjoys nothing better than a good mountain walk and the steeper it is the better he seems to like it ! The Lake District in the north west of England is his favourite haunt in which to carry out this pastime.
These socks are made from Blue Faced Leicester 4 ply - a breed which is unique to the British Isles and is famed for its soft wool and dyed by myself here in Pembrokeshire.
The colours are designed to be representative of the Lake District in the Autumn/Fall and, thus, the colourway is called Langdale after the valley of Great Langdale which is home to many fine peaks and is Tony's particular favourite.
I made these socks using 100 grams of handpainted Woolhunter Blue Faced Leicester 4 ply yarn (approx 330 yards/300 metres of yarn). This will make one pair of gentlemans' socks for shoe size 10-11/US 12-13. The finished foot length here is approx 10½ inches but this can be adjusted by knitting fewer or more rows. The finished foot circumference is approx 9 inches.
Tension/Gauge is 6 stitches and 8 rows per inch in stockinette stitch using 1 set (5 pins) of double pointed 2.75 mm/US 2-3 needles and 1 cable needle of similar size. You may wish to adjust the needles up or down to get the correct gauge.
A view towards the head of the valley of Great Langdale in the Lake District National Park. On the left is Crinkle Crags, in the middle is Bowfell and on the right Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle (the Langdale Pikes).
This pattern is for sale from the Woolhunter shop. I can either send it through the post or electronically in pdf format.
Note - pdf files require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is available as a free download from the Adobe website by clicking here. Note that this file is about 20Mb !
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