Cataphyll (plus giveaway)

Way back in 2013, I had a lovely little pattern in Interweave’s Sockupied magazine (it showed up in the Sockupied book too and even made the cover…I was unreasonably pleased).  Ever since then, I’ve had folks asking when they’ll be able to get this one as a stand alone pattern.  I’m delighted to say that you can get it right now!  Cataphyll is now available on ravelry.

cataphyll front smallI sort of adore these.  Most of the leg is nice, easy ribbing (which means they’ll fit beautifully), but there’s also a column of lovely leaves down the outside of your ankle to keep you occupied.  The column splits apart, and half continues down your heel while the other half goes skimming across the top of your foot.

cataphyll inside 1 smallThe result is utterly charming.  It’s just the right mix of fun to knit and ridiculously impressive looking.  On the right feet, they might even qualify as dainty!

cataphyll back smallA good part of their charm comes from the delightful Plucky Knitter yarn used to make them.  My fondness for Plucky is long standing and well documented.  The socks in the picture are Primo Fingering in Dandy Lion but I happen to have a skein of Plucky Feet in Karat Stick that will be every bit as gorgeous in this pattern (because really, leaves come in orange too!), and it’s going to go home with one of you.  If you think it should be you, just tell me which of my patterns you think might be best suited to Plucky’s lovely yarns!

pluckyComments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Saturday, February 21, 2015 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.  Sorry, but I can only send prizes to US addresses.

And, just in case you simply must start these right this minute, you can use the code LEAF to get a dollar off the price between now and Friday.  Just put Cataphyll in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code LEAF.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.



Some time last year, the charming Anne Merrow, editor extraordinaire of Interweave’s Sockupied, got in touch and asked if we could hatch a plan.  Um, yes.  The answer was definitely yes.  So we plotted and planned.  Swatches were made, yarns were procured, patterns were written, and socks were knit…all in breathless secrecy.  Some time last September the socks and pattern went off to hang out with the folks at Sockupied, and I got back to my regularly scheduled programing.

Then, earlier this month, I got to see the socks again…all laid out and with absolutely adorable photos (I swear Interweave takes some of the best knitting photos out there, they’re consistently charming…and make me want to wear long skirts).  And holy smokes do I love these socks.  But once again, I had to sit quietly and patiently wait for all the versions of the magazine to be available before I could talk about them.  But now they are, so now I can squee like a deranged chipmunk and do the ‘check these out’ dance.  So, without further ado, I’m pleased to present Cataphyll.  (These pictures all belong to Sockupied and are used with their permission.)

These are made with The Plucky Knitter’s Primo Fingering in the color Dandy Lion, which is an absolutely delightful yarn to work with (round and crisp, it shows off your stitches perfectly).

These are not the easiest socks you’ll ever make (Sara, my valiant sample knitter, did a beautiful job with them).  They’re mirrored, those leaves have a few tricks, and the patterning goes right down to the heel and toe.  But, you do have some nice simple ribbing for most of the round to give you a chance to catch your breath before the tricky bits.  And really, these are prettier than super easy socks.  I think they’re worth the extra effort, don’t you?

If you find yourself wanting to make them too, you can get latest issue of Sockupied for either your ipad or your computer (there might just be a little profile of me in there too).