It’s funny what inspires us to design.
In winter, I spend a few minutes most mornings wiping away the condensation that has collected on the inside of my windows overnight.
On the outside of one of my windows, there is a small patch of beautiful, golden lichen. It’s so pretty, I don’t want to pick it off. I believe its name is Xanthoria parietina or Golden Shield Lichen.
I’m so happy with this design that I thought I’d share it with you today!
The stitch pattern is a very simple lace pattern of alternating K2tog and SSK forming the droplets. Twisted stitch ribbing creates defined “rivulets” between the droplets. The droplets begin as small “beads” at the top of the cuff and turn into longer droplets towards the toes.
See the two images together:
The sock is constructed top down. Customise the sock according to your preference with your favourite heel and toe construction! The length can easily be altered by knitting more or less repeats of the pattern, and smaller than average feet should be able to achieve a good fit by using slightly smaller needles (2.25mm).
Of course, I was very lucky to find yarn in the exact colour of the lichen at Holland Road Yarn Company.
This Knitsch colourway is called West Janney. Tash has luckily just dyed a fresh batch, so if you’d like some of this pretty colour for your own, hop on over, but be quick or I am sure it will all sell out very quickly!
I decided to do something different with this pattern. I have included two types of instructions. There are ‘basic’ instructions for experienced sock knitters and more detailed instructions for beginner/occasional sock knitters.
The reason I did this is because when I knit socks, I already know how to start the cuff, and form the heel and toes, and don’t really want to wade through all those instructions (which end up muddling my brain). So I have left only the bones of the instructions in there, which is what I need to see to knit a sock. Maybe some of you feel the same? I know that not everyone is ready for this kind of pattern though, so for those who need to see detailed instructions, they are there too.
The free pattern is here: Free pattern: Droplet socks. I will also shortly load the pattern on to Ravelry, where you can also download it for free.
I hope you enjoy knitting them as much as I did!!