Hello, and a Happy Wednesday to you!
I knitted very diligently over the weekend, and finished my next design, the third in the Nature Series. Meet Veronica Speedwell!
Veronica Speedwell was inspired by little blue flowers I found in the grass in my garden.
I was curious to know what the plant was and found out that it is a herb, called by the common name “Speedwell” and that it is of the Veronica genus. Feeling whimsical, I decided to name of these socks Veronica Speedwell! (It is also sometimes called Gypsyweed or Bird’s Eye.)
In ancient times, this herb was used for medicinal purposes, drunk as a tea for the treatment of disorders of the nervous system, respiratory tract, cardiovascular system, and metabolism. I find it curious how much of our ancient knowledge has been lost to the conveniences of modern medicine. I wanted to capture its prettiness and unsung history, and so here is the sock to celebrate this little flower.
This sock features stranded colourwork, but I have attempted to make this design accessible to all. It is a top down construction with the flowers on the leg only. The rest of the sock is stockinette. This makes it an easy pattern once you are through the concentration of the colourwork, which in itself is not a complex design. This pattern works well for using sock yarn scraps in the flower motif.
Here is another example of the motif worked in another colour combination:
The socks above have been knitted using Happy-go-knitty 100% BFL sock and Vintage Purls Sock. The lighter green is Happy-go-knitty, and the dark green is Vintage Purls. I also used Vintage Purls for the blue of the flower. The white flowers are 100% natural wool in fingering weight.
I’m finishing up the last of the technical edits today. The pattern will contain tips on how to successfully knit a stranded motif. I am aware that colourwork is something that can be a bit tricky, and want this to be a successful experience for even a beginner. Watch out for the pattern soon!