Inlay Knitalong

To celebrate Inlay, I’m having a little bit of a knitalong.  I’m doing it over in the Silk Road Socks group.  I realized I wanted to make these socks when I was doing the research for that book.  I saw all the gorgeous floors peeking out from under the rugs and filed away the idea of doing a pattern based on the fancy tile work.  Inlay was the result.  So I’m totally declaring it ok to host the knitalong in the same place.

Now, if you’re the sort who wants to make exactly the sock in the picture, I can help with that!

  • Laura at Handwerks has graciously offered a 20% off Sock plus 8 coupon for us.  Just mention “inlay” at checkout.  The gray socks are in her Sock Plus 8 in the color Smoke.
  • Suzan at Barking Dog Yarns wants to help too and has also offered us a 20% off coupon.  Just use the promo code “Knitty2011” at checkout.  The blue socks are in her Sirius in the color Iroquois Moon.
  • And while Claudia at Wollmeise is awesome, all of you Wollmeise fans know that just managing to get a hold of a skein can be a bit of a trick.   Alas, I have no discount to offer.  But for those of you who wish to try it, the orange socks are in her Twin in the color Campari.

So, if you’re planning to make them, come do it with the rest of us!


I really don’t like waiting.  I’m bad at it.  It makes me a tiny bit crazy (hey, maybe if I reload this page over and over and over the update will happen faster…hasn’t worked yet, but I should still try because you never know when it might work).  I’m an absolute delight on long car trips.

But now the waiting is over.  The socks that I started back when it was snowy, finished in March, and photographed in April…the socks that I thought were coming out on Monday…can now be shared.

I’m pleased to present Inlay.

And yes, I am inordinately fond of them.

Now the reason that I had to keep quiet about these for weeks and weeks and weeks is that I submitted them to knitty.

Once, long long ago, I submitted another pattern to knitty.  It was maybe my fourth or fifth pattern ever (I was cocky, what can I say).  It was, quite reasonably and ever so politely, declined.  I must admit I took it to heart.  Of course that’s a total rookie mistake.  I realize now that this is just part of the game.  But back then I decided that I would just release patterns myself, not try and get them published by anyone else.

So I did, and it worked.  It was great fun turning out patterns on my own.  But eventually, I decided I wanted to try knitty again.  This time it worked.

Now having a pattern get accepted is ever so much more fun than having it declined.  But it does mean that you have to continue to keep quiet about it for even longer.  This can be a bit taxing.  But, now all need for silence is over.  I can flaunt them with abandon.

Inlay is a splendidly tidy sock.  The lattice pattern on the front is quick to learn, and by the time you’re done you’ll be very comfortable making left and right twists.  The fancy ribbing on the side is great fun to do and continues down the heel flap and gusset in a satisfying way. I have a sneaking suspicion that they’ll work equally well for guys and girls (they come in three sizes, so you should be able to make them to fit most feet). Click on any of the pictures to see gigantic versions.

I can’t wait to see what people do with them!