Introducing the Evesham Socks

This week and last we are introducing each of the six patterns in our new book, Crochet Yeah!, giving you not only the technical details but a little of the story behind the designs. 

You can buy the e-book here  for £10 (link takes you straight through to the purchase page)

You can buy the print book here for £12 plus p&p

Today we are getting up close and personal with the Evesham socks, our cover star!

Crochet Yeah!, as a collection, was created as an answer to Rachel Coopey's (the designer behind a million brilliant knitted sock and accessory designs for her brand Coop Knits) and the Socks Yeah! yarn that each of the designs are worked in.) crochet prayers. Rachel loves making accessories and is new to crochet so each piece tips a nod to Rachel's personal style and is easy to crochet. As Rachel is best known for her intricate and delicate sock designs we knew we had to include a pair in the collection. But these socks needed to have perfect fit, a stunning pattern and be easy to make - quite a tall order.

The stitch pattern is both pretty and functional as it gives an incredible stretch to the socks that make them easy to put on and comfortable in wear. Crochet socks get a bad rap for being stiff and, if you work them in any of the standard stitches, this can certainly be the case. Stitch patterns for crochet socks need to be carefully selected and paired with the right construction to be soft, stretchy and comfortable.

Once you've mastered the simple two round repeat lace pattern, there is nothing tricky in the sock. The afterthought heel construction and use of stitch markers to help you keep track mean you just need to keep working around and around to the heel, where you make a chain to create a gap for the heel, then around and around to the toe which is decreased. The heel is then worked in exactly the same way as the toe - no magic to master!

If you feel you need a little magic in the sock then Joanne has worked out how to graft in half treble crochet so you can try your hand at that or simply seam the few stitches at the toe and heel closed.

While the main benefit of the construction is the ease of making, afterthought heels have two other advantages. Firstly you can try the sock on as you go to check the length is right. Secondly, it makes them easier to repair as the whole heel can be unravelled and replaced when it eventually wears thin. (its always the heels that go first!)

If you fancy making a pair then here are the technical details you might need:

Sizes
S (M, L) 
To fit foot circumference: 20 (24, 28)cm/8 (9.5, 11)in
Choose size close to or slightly larger than your foot circumference. The fabric created is very stretchy, so a wider than required foot can be taken up by making the sock slightly shorter. 
Foot length is fully adjustable.

Materials
2 (2, 3) 50g skeins Socks Yeah in Ammolite (102) 
2.5mm (US C) hook
2 removable stitch markers

Tension
3 pattern repeats and 22 rows in pattern to 12 cm/5 in using 2.5mm hook (or size needed to achieve tension)

Difficulty Rating
Intermediate

Skills Needed
Basic crochet stitches, working in rounds, missing stitches, working into chain spaces, decreasing (explained), puff stitches (explained), shells (explained), foundation double crochet (explained).

Construction
Worked from the cuff down in the round, a chain is made to leave and opening for the heel. Toe is shaped then grafted or seamed. Afterthought heel is worked in the same way as the toe.

Pattern is written and charted using standard UK terms (US conversions given in abbreviations)

You can buy the e-book here  for £10 (link takes you straight through to the purchase page)

You can buy the print book here for £12 plus p&p

Don't forget, you still have time to enter our competition to win three beautiful skeins of yarn from Coop Knits, which you could use to make a pair of stripey Evesham socks if you wish. Find out more here.


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