Brancusi

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This here sock has been taking up all my spare knitting time for the past month. It’s my entry for the Hill Country Yarns Sock Pattern Contest. Meet Brancusi.

I had been all coy about showing it in progress, but now that it’s been submitted, I’m all for showing it off. I won’t know until August 31st if it was selected as a winner. I’m pretty darn proud of it. It took three sock sketches to arrive at the final pattern combination.

I graphed it out on June 2, the day we arrived back from Paris and started knitting it then. It’s been full-steam ahead since then, stealing 20 minutes at breakfast before work, a round or two between meetings and before-bed toiling. I’m at the heel flap of the second sock, so that should be finished within a week or so.

Inspired by Brancusi’s “Endless Column” these socks serve as support and compliment to one of the world’s greatest pieces of art: you. A densely knit, top-down sock with a hemmed stockinette cuff, a geometric twisted stitches and traveling cable pattern, an eye of partridge heel flap and anatomically-correct toes.

While they could be knit with a finer yarn, the thick Instant Gratification yarn and small needles pay tribute to the solidity of materials explored in Brancusi’s work, resulting in a long-lasting, hard-wearing, handsome, sturdy sock. The yarn tag calls for US4-6, but I needed 64 stitches for the pattern and didn’t want a baggy sock. That’s right, some DK-weight knit on US2/3.0mm!

Special thanks to the following inspiration peeps:

  • To Cat Bordhi, for demystifying sock knitting with two circulars.
  • To Rachael “Yarn-a-go-go” Herron, for helping me grow and stretch my mind as a designer.
  • To Sile, of Knit One One for hosting and getting my butt into Rachael’s class.
  • To Eunny Jang, for sharing the joys of traveling stitches in her Bayerische socks (now I gotta finish mine!)
  • To Stephanie “Yarn Harlot” Pearl-McPhee, for showing me my first eye of partridge heel and hemmed stockinette cuff
  • To Vogue Knitting Magazine’s Stitchionary Volume 2, for feeding my cable habit.

14 Responses to “Brancusi”

  1. Manda Says:

    Gorgeous sock! I hope it gets picked. :)

  2. Ms. B Says:

    That is a GORGEOUS sock – I love it! I really do hope you win!!!

  3. scout Says:

    Where’s MY thanks!

    To Scout, for just being SCOUT! ;)

    It’s beautiful. But I’ve already told you that.
    xo

  4. Tr Says:

    The socks are fabulous! Hope you win. Good Luck! :)

  5. Síle (pronounced Sheila) Says:

    Welcome back Stephen! And a huge thank you for my thanks. The sock, oh but the sock has to be picked. Any tips on bribing judges?

  6. meg Says:

    Lovely. Hope you win!

  7. Michelle Says:

    The socks look great!

  8. Kathy N. Says:

    That sock is so beautiful, yet rugged! Can’t wait to get my hands on the pattern – my husband’s feet will sing with joy!

  9. Elemmaciltur Says:

    OMG!!! That’s effing great! I want the pattern!!!

  10. J.P. Says:

    That sock is spiffy!!

  11. Eikon Says:

    Bravo; I’m far too utilitarian about socks to engage is something so intricate but am quite appreciative of fine fellows such as yourself who do.

  12. Sean Says:

    Very snazzy sock! Great job.

  13. Kim Says:

    Wow. Love. it. Big time. It’s simply gorgeous, it totally HAS to win, and I can see myself knitting it. Absolutely lovely!

  14. shopgirl Says:

    Looks like a winner to me! Well done.