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I've Tiptoed Through the Tulips!

LBHandknits

These beauties are one of the very few pairs of socks that I've knit for myself this year, and I've been wearing them so much that I wanted to take photos before they start to look tattered!

As you may have noticed, I don't normally knit from patterns or charts. But on occasion there are exceptions. And when I stumbled upon a picture of the Tiptoe Through the Tulips socks by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka Yarn Harlot), I knew that I had to knit them ...which is kind of nuts, considering how much I dislike intarsia. But the heart wants what it wants, and mine wanted beautiful tulips on my heels. 

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The pattern is a free ravelry download, and is essentially a colourwork chart for the heel; you can knit the rest of the sock any way you like. The heel needs to be 32 stitches in order for the colour chart to work - so a 64 stitch cast-on for the sock. 

I wanted the heels to be the star attraction, so I kept the rest of the socks very plain, using a standard cuff-down construction in stockinette. As far as the yarn, I used some leftover Scheepjes Invicta which I happened to have in appropriate colours: a bright light green for the main sock, a dark green for the tulip leaves and the toe, and a deep burgundy-ish red for the flowers. 

Unsurprisingly for someone who dislikes intarsia, I did not love the process of knitting these socks - sitting there with a chart for an hour per heel is just not my idea of fun. But honestly it was worth it, because I love the result. And even though my colourwork is not exactly tidy, I don’t care - these socks are beautiful! I mean, there are tulips on my heels. Tulips!

Even though I finished these socks in back in April, I didn't manage to photograph them amidst actual tulips, during tulip season, so you will have to forgive me. 

Also, bear in mind that the photos were taken after I had already been wearing the socks for a good few months, so if you notice signs of wear that is why. That said, you can see the heels are holding up fairly well. So a thumbs up for the Scheepjes Invicta yarn in the durability department.

If you are a sock knitter and a fan of intarsia, you will love knitting these socks. If you are only the former, but are as smitten with the design as I am - well then I think it's worth the effort. The 3-colour chart is not difficult. It's just... well, you know! Intarsia, 

In any case, you can have a look at the ravelry pattern and see for yourself. I am glad I did, and a big thanks to Yarn Harlot for sharing the design.