Prepare to be amazed, colourwork socks!
I am blowing my own trumpet somewhat here, because I am so pleased with these, they go on my feet and everything. My first attempt at colourwork socks still languishes, unfinished and misshapen at the bottom of my yarn stash.
Pattern: Herringbone from Kiel by Stephanie van der Linden, Heel- Supporter's socks by Linda Pankhurst
Yarn: Cygnet Truly wool rich 4 ply
Needles: 3mm dpns
This is a good choice for a first colourwork pattern, no colour block is more than two stitches wide so there is no need to wrap floats. Fortunately this pattern hides the odd misplaced stitch so the mistakes are not too obvious. The pattern is easy to remember and work, I must have had some brain fail.
I am not sold on the heel method, it avoids wraps but still ended up holey, particularly at the top corner. I had to pick up stitches to close the gap, which doesn't look overly neat. I think I am going to give short row heels another go, but maybe actually look up the wrap and turn method as I work rather than assuming I know it and making a mess.
The yarn was leftover from my endpaper mitts. I had two balls in each colour and still plenty left for another small project so you get good mileage for your money. It is nice and soft but a little fluffy. Maybe not the best choice for colourwork but this pattern is bold enough to cope. I have not worn these yet but m hoping the nylon in the yarn will make them hardwearing.
I was a little surprised that a larger than usual needle was called for. I expected a tight fabric to be needed to hide the yarn behind the work, but it seems to look ok.
Those first socks may get frogged and reworked as I still really want socks with rubber ducks on!