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Colourful, Playful Stitches: Tough Love Sock

Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio.

Somewhere, across the river, in the wild midst of jungle, through the lush vines that hang like streamers from the trees, there lies a secret. A mystery so intense that were it ever known, the world would be forever changed. Nearby, animals of an ancient bloodline stand watch over it’s location, nearly invisible as if part of the landscape themselves. Bright shades of green vegetation cling together, shielding the secret from prying eyes. Overhead, the brilliant hues of feathers, in shocking shades of deep blue, green, yellow, purple, and teal, whisper by, weaving in and out of the branches, guardians of their treasure down below ….

Brilliant hues … bold colours of growth and life and magic …

I know what you are thinking, “What is Tabetha going off about?!”

Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio. Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio. Call me a romantic, but these are the kinds of visions that dream themselves up in my head when I contemplate what a colour means and what, in its yarn, it wants to become! I picked out this Pistachio and Songbird and instantly, my imagination was transported to the depths of a tropical jungle. I could see in my mind’s eye the cacophony of bright colours in the feathery parrots, love birds, lorikeets, and macaws. Of course, this kind of daydreaming is exactly why I got in trouble so much at school, so let’s get back on track!

Tough Love Sock is our most popular yarn and once you pet it, you’ll see why! A smooth tight twist ensures that stitches look vibrant and textural, while remaining deliciously, touchable-y soft. I couldn’t wait to swatch with it and naturally, I went for a stitch pattern that reminded me of feathers.

Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio. Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio. In Songbird, the stitch pattern dances lightly between the short colour transitions. The results are bright and playful. That same playfulness is present in the Pistachio colourway, but the pattern definition is much bolder and most defined. I can’t really tell which one I love more!

Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio. Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio. I used US size 4 needles and CO 38 stitches for the pattern. How about you giving it a try?

Birds of a Feather (mult of 18 sts +2)

Row 1 (RS): K1, *k1, yo, ssk, k13, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last st, k1. (20 sts)
Row 2 (WS): K1, *yo, p1, p2tog, p11, p2tog tbl, p1, yo, p; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 3: K1, *k1, yo, k2, ssk, k9, k2tog, k2, yo; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 4: K1, *yo, p3, p2tog, p7, p2tog tbl, p3, yo, p; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: K1, purl to last st, k1.
Rows 7 – 8: Repeat rows 5 – 6.
Row 9: K1, *k7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k6; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 10: K1, *p5, p2tog tbl, [p1, yo] twice, p1, p2tog, p6; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 11: K1, *k5, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k4; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 12: K1, *p3, p2tog tbl, p3, yo, p1, yo, p3, p2tog, p4; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 13: Knit.
Row 14: K1, purl to last st, k1.
Rows 15 – 16: Repeat rows 13 – 14.

Where does your mind go when you are knitting? What daydream adventures do you go on? I’d love to hear.Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio. Colourful Playful Stitches. Tough Love Sock in Songbird and Pistachio.

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About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

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