Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hooray, Tesserae

It always surprises me how quickly a project can be completed if you knit on it monogamously.  This was supposed to be my office knitting project, but I kept toting it back and forth between work and home, and the knitting went fast.IMG_5382The pattern is Anne Hanson’s Tesserae, a sock pattern I’ve had my eye on for a while.  I think maybe Gretchen has this pattern and that’s where I first saw it?  Anyway, when I saw the pattern again at Sock Summit, I grabbed it.  It is a deceptively simple knit-purl pattern that creates what looks like a traveling wavy stitch.  See it up close?IMG_5390 Because this is all knit and purl, it’s sort of a rib, which means it looks different when it stretches – see?IMG_5374 But I find it pleasing either way.  This stitch pattern would be gorgeous in a cowl – it would have the stretch to go over one’s head but then relax into the wavy line again.  Hmmmm.

This yarn is Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Luxe Merino Fine (80/10/10 merino/nylon/cashmere) and boy, is it soft.  It was downright luxurious to knit with.  I got it at Sock Summit, also.  The Kitchen Sink Dyeworks booth felt like a calm, soothing oasis in an otherwise tumultuous sea of color.  The sign claimed that these yarns would not pool – and this one did not!  I don’t normally buy grey-ish yarns, but this one just felt right.  Upon close inspection, it contains whispers of bluish-green, as well.  I have 17 g remaining.Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Luxe Merino Fine

I enjoyed knitting this pattern so much that I immediately cast on another pair in a new yarn.  They are for a 5-year-old girl, so I only cast on 48 stitches.  They are going even faster.  New photos soon!


  1. I LOVE the idea of using the Tesserae pattern on a cowl!!!

  2. Gray rocks.

    Also -- I really appreciated seeing the pictures of the ribbing stretched and normal. Cool! Great job.

  3. These look great. Now are you going to knit one ornament?

  4. Lovely, lovely socks. So glad you enjoyed the Luxe!