Friday, March 6, 2015

The Fletcher Sock Pattern - FREE with Yarn Purchase!

Fletcher Sock Pattern
What's more depressing than finding a hole in one of your hand knit socks?  Bummer!  Create longer lasting socks with Dream in Color's Everlasting Sock Yarn!

It's always hard to beat 100% Australian Merino Superwash Wool, but when it's a 9-ply fingering-weight yarn hand-dyed right here in the USA, you're bound to love Everlasting Sock!  The nine plys are spun together in a smooth twist, which makes it a very durable and hard wearing yarn, while Dream in Color's unique hand dying process creates deep, layered colors.

Bonus:  Dream in Color's Everlasting Sock yarn is on sale at 20% off until the end of March!

So what to knit?  Durable socks are going to be around for a long time, so they should be a pattern that is fun to knit and fun to wear!  The Fletcher Sock is both!

Fletcher Sock Pattern
The word "Fletcher" dates back to the early 1400s and means a person who makes feathered arrows.  Fletching a feather to put on the back of an arrow involves slicing the feather down the middle.  It sounds simple enough, but the cutting has to be precise or there will be an incorrect spin to the arrow - which means you won't hit what you're shooting at! Add to that a knowledge of birds - different kinds of birds have differently shaped feathers, plus each bird's feathers differ on the right and left wing. A fletcher was an important and highly skilled tradesman. 

Knitting these socks is much easier than fletching feathers!  The sock has a simple toe-up pattern with an arrow-feather like lace detail on the front and back of each leg.  The comfy and relatively simple socks use just simple decreases, yarn-overs, and a 2 × 2 cable to make the lace arrow feather panels.  You'll need just one skein of Everlasting Sock yarn to complete the pair.

Bonus:  The Fletcher Sock Pattern is FREE with the purchase of Everlasting Sock yarn.

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

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