It's Complicated, In a Good Way

Sometimes a serious knitting project is called for. I categorized serious knitting as intricate lace shawls, heavily cabled items, fantastic colorwork, and so forth.

Cataphyll Socks by Hunter Hammersen,
from Sockupied Summer 2013

Some say that knitting a basic sock pattern is serious knitting. I can see where they're coming from! All of the different parts of the sock can be a challenge, and putting them all together to construct the finished product is nothing short of a knitting miracle.

But once you have knitted a couple of pairs of socks, you can take advantage of serious knitting techniques to make some fabulous knit socks.

Take, for example, the Cataphyll Socks by Hunter Hammersen, from the summer 2013 issue of Sockupied. A cataphyll is a specialized leaf whose main job is not photosynthesis. The leaves on this sock trail down the leg then split in two; half continue down the heel while the others wind across the foot.

The Cataphyll pattern incorporates a lace pattern, traveling twisted stitches, and reverse stockinette stitch to create a wonderfully interesting pair of socks.

This is what I mean by serious knitting. It's not your typical TV knitting; you'll have to keep your eye on the ball here. But since socks are a small project, you'll most likely memorize the elements on the first sock, and perfect it on the second.

I really enjoy using somewhat complicated stitch patterns on socks. It's so much fun to wear these beautiful creations!

Provenenca Socks by Heatherly Walker,
from Sockupied Summer 2013

I hope you'll try the Cataphyll pattern, or some of the other patterns from Sockupied. Check out Heatherly Walker's Provenance Socks, too. Serious colorwork!

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P.S. What's your favorite kind of serious knitting? Leave a comment and let us know!

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