Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Presenting Lizzie's Lacy Ribs!

A special friend of mine has a birthday today! Yes, it's Lizzie's bithday so go wish her a happy one, I'll wait right here.....

Now that you're back, here's my story....

Liz is an avid sock knitter too but she had never knit with Mountain Colors Bearfoot which is one of my most favorite sock yarns! I knew her birthday was coming up so I decided to knit her some socks with the lovely Bearfoot.

After much debate, I chose the rich and beautiful Meadow colorway. Now Bearfoot has a high mohair content which translates to less elasticity and memory, or the commonly used technical term "sproing"....hehehe. I wanted some type of pattern that would provide the sproing the yarn itself lacked. I wanted a rib but something more special than a 2x2 or even a mistake stitch. After much thought and perusal of stitch dictionaries I give you


LIZZIE'S LACY RIBS!!

This is a simple lace rib with a 7 stitch, 4 row repeat

With lots of SPROING to give even the limpest cotton some memory!

The attractive rib works perfectly for ALL yarns but especially well for yarns with little sproing like alpaca, mohair, cotton and cotton blends

For my samples I used (L to R) Paton's Kroy, Mountain Colors Bearfoot, Brown Sheep Cotton Fine

And best of all, the pattern is FREE!!!

The pattern is written in SEVEN sizes, from toddler to *Fluffy* so there's a size to please every foot!

So help Lizzie's celebrate her day and help yourself to a new pattern over there >> on my side bar!

Just in time for summer when cotton socks are all the rage and floppy, saggy cuffs aren't :)

Enjoy!!!

39 comments:

snowballinhell said...

Very impressive, Deb. As always.

savannahchik said...

very pretty and SMART! i love the match of stitch pattern to fiber composition, and how you explained it so well to help newer knitters know what to do.

thanks for taking the time to write out SEVEN sizes and give it out for free. i love it!

Susan said...

Oh Deb..these are wonderful. I'm just on my second pair of socks and I could even understand the pattern..and wow they are so pretty!

Agnes said...

Hi everyone, I can testify that this pattern is awesome cos I am a test knitter! Hahaha ... and I use high cotton blend yarn and the leg is still very "sproing" ... give it a try, I'm sure you'll like it. :D Am I right, Debi?

heather said...

Ooooh! Yay! Thanks for the freebie Debi, and I love it. Happy birthday to Lizzie.

What colorway is that Bearfoot? It's calling me from afar.......

Cathy said...

Thank you Debi for the free pattern! I can't wait to try it - I LOVE LOVE LOVE SOCKS :) All of your samples look fantastic :)

Beth said...

For crying out loud....
With so many knitters doing lace this summer around blogland, these will fit right in! Very cute!!

Sharlene said...

Wow, v. cool! They look great--a four row repeat--for a take along project. :)

Janine said...

Lovely pattern well done!

Bets said...

Debi, how clever of you to write this wonderful pattern, I love it, it is just what I was looking for and I am also anxious to try your heel - thank you!

Suzanne said...

WONDERFUL! You are the sock queen! I can grab some sotton yarn at MD and try them.

Love the heel--!

Alison said...

You are so wonderful for sharing your patterns and techniques! Thank you for another wonderful one.

Wendy said...

It is beautimous! :-)

Shez75 said...

Thank you for that! I really like it and will add it to my list. I'm on my second pair of socks (ever) and enjoying the process. Trying to learn all the different heels and toes, but it's going slow. I have too many things to knit!
Thanks again.
Sheri in GA

Carol said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful patterns! Thanks to you, I'm getting a new gadget! The darning egg...LOVE the gadgets! And it makes sense to have an egg if you make socks, makes the final process seem so easy! Thanks for sharing that too! Gotta run...

Anonymous said...

Perfect! I have been appointed by my knitting group to collect free sock patterns off the net and then present a program about them in October. I'm going to try to knit as many of them as I can fit in this summer and yours will be first on the list. Thanks Deb!
Dorothy (Missouri Star)

Anastacia said...

yeah! looks great. Thanks a lot!

Jes said...

What a great birthday present! Very nice ;)
I love that blue one. Where do you get cotton fine? I've never heard of it.

margene said...

I love sproingy socks;-)

debsnm said...

These look so cool! I love a sock with something to keep me interested, and the sizes are so awesome! FINALLY, a sock I won't have to "adjust"! YAY!!!!!

Leslie said...

Thanks so much for the pattern, Debi! Just the thing for me to try on some yarn/cotton blend I've been aging for a couple of years.

Did anybody every tell you what a great knitter / caring person / creative crafter you are? We're so lucky you took up bloggin a year ago! Thank you!

Lolly said...

Guess what I got in the mail!! Girl, these yarns are even more beautiful in person! I can't wait to cast on!

I am gonna be sending you some special things after this weekend's festival!

Best wishes, and thank you so much, Debi!!

Norah said...

Beautiful socks, Deb! Thanks so much for making the pattern available for us!

Knittinreed said...

Cool! They look fabulous. Thanks for the pattern too.

Holly said...

Thanks for the wonderful sock pattern. It is exactly what I was looking for!

Elena said...

seeing as how my birthday is may 3 also - i so gotta make me a pair! thanks, tis a gorgeous pattern too!

Rhonda said...

Oh wow, thanks! This is just what I was looking for a new pair of cotton socks. Wanted to do something different from reg ribbing. This will be the ticket!

Shirin said...

Help - when I try to pull up the pattern my comuter says there is some kind of mistake, I use hand spum alpaca/mohair blend for socks - goats make the best rugs and do not wear out, so in socks they wear longer. Would love to have the pattern - and the sprong
Shirin

La said...

I'll just take that pattern! I think you and my skank of MC BF thanks you!

La said...

ok, what a tard am I? think=thank

...and now we return you to your regularly scheduled program...

Anonymous said...

Help help--
computer dummy here can not find
the pattern.......

Debi said...

LADIES, if you leave a comment anonymously I CANNOT HELP YOU!!!!

The pattern is on the side bar on the right in fact there are TWO versions, PDF and Word doc!

Donna S. said...

Debi,
Cool pattern Thanks!! We are coming to Daytona tomorrow....wish it were closer so we could meet!!

Tropical Screamer said...

Pretty pattern and such a beautiful blue. :)

Darilyn

Dipsy D. said...

Hi from Austria! Oh, these socks are so pretty, I love the pattern you chose, and the yarn seems so soft and cozy - have to check out if this one's available over here as well!

Terri said...

The socks are gorgeous, but you already knew I thought that. I have been buried for several weeks, and barely able to even lurk. The necklace is pretty great too - have you worn it yet?

I can't wait to see a photo of the new cotton sweater you are working on! Enjoy what is left of the weekend!

Liz said...

Hard to believe, but the socks look even better in person! The yarn is sooo much nicer than I imagined (I will buying more in the future).
So cool to have my own namesake pattern. A million thank you's to my Dear Friend Debi. I cannot thank you enough for all the birthday goodies and wishes you sent me. You made my birthday special when no one else could. Somehow, thank you doesn't seem like enough. xoxo :)

marisol said...

I really like your pattern! Its pretty and very simple/easy to follow. I am using it for my very first pair of socks. In MalAbrigo worsted weight. This is my class project for learning how to knit
Toe Up Socks.

donnac368 said...

I feel like a dope but I can't find your pattern! Can you point a newbie in the right direction? There doesn't seem to be a choice for it today (May 26). I'll go hide back under a rock now... :)