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Seadragonus KAL and Bagshot Row

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I’m really impressed about how many people have joined the Seadragonus KAL over on Ravelry.  Thank you so much for your support!

It is so inspiring to see the various Seadragonus socks taking shape!  I’m looking forward to everyone’s big reveal at the end of the month.

I was knitting the heel of my second pair of Seadragonus this weekend, and it occurred to me that if you are knitting the Seadragonus, you may appreciate some tips on the heel:

Seadragonus heel

  1. It helps to make the YO stitch as long as possible (stretch out the stitches when making the YO) so that you have plenty of “give” to pick up that stitch and pass it over the next two stitches to create the scale.
  2. The heel appears quite long when you are knitting it but the important thing are the slips on the side of the heel flap. Each slip is a stitch. So when you come to picking those stitches up to make the gusset, make sure you have the right number of stitches for the depth of heel you need.  If you have less stitches, the fabric will automatically condense down into a shorter heel to accommodate the gauge of the stitches you are using to knit the gusset.

This is one very relaxing sock knit, and it’s quite nice to just sit and knit comfortably without having to worry about instructions.  The yarn is a pretty colourway from the sadly no-longer Needlefood that has been sitting in my stash awaiting the perfect project.  I was showing it to Alice when she was down in Wellington recently, and she encouraged me to use it for Seadragonus.  I think she made a good recommendation!

I’m knitting Seadragonus alternatively with this gorgeous thing:

#3 bagshot row

This is #3 Bagshot Row, the first of the 2014/15 Claire Ellen sock club.  I seem to have a thing for Claire’s designs, and I liked the look of Bagshot Row, so I bought this year’s club.  Yay!!  A whole year of yummy Hobbit inspired socks!!  So excited!

I’m very pleased I’m knitting it with pointy tips.  This design needs them.  I’m sure that by the time I get through the second repeat of the leg, I will be able to knit this stitch in my sleep, but in the meantime, it is giving me come nice mental stretch.  🙂

The yarn is one of my most treasured skeins from Fibre Alive – it has such a beautiful, muted green/pink combination that it just eats me up!  I thought originally to turn it into a shawl, just so that I could keep the yarn perfect for a long time, but having decided to knit it into these socks, I think the combination of exquisite yarn and gorgeous pattern will be wonderful.  I might not wear them much though – maybe I’ll end up just sitting and staring at them, marvelling at how pretty they are!

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Seadragonus KAL and Bagshot Row

  1. I think sock designs like yours are such eye candy. They have wonderful texture and tell stories all in that space. Glad you have a big turn out for your KAL.

  2. O, I can totally see why you feel for that sock club… 🙂

  3. I will be visiting WOW later in Sept and found your blog – just what I needed to plan my visit. I am looking for a possum yarn to use for my Signatur Handknits range and knitting kits. I would also like to see some ready made knitwear in New Zealand – are there any stores selling ready made? Jane Slicer-Smith

  4. What great socks you have on the needles right now!

  5. Beautiful socks, love the heel…wish I could join in the KAL, but I have too much going on in September. I’m going to buy the pattern. Love it!

  6. Love both sock patterns! Joined the sock club, but where do I get that yarn from Fiber Alive? Just gorgeous!

  7. Another tip for the heel which may help some people is that when passing the slipped stitch over, try slipping it from the back of the knitting instead of the front. It seems to be easier and faster for me to do it that way. I’m really enjoying knitting up the pattern on my daily train commute.