Turning Cartmels

Jeannie Cartmel is one of my favorite sock designers. I think of her work as “Cookie A lite.” Jeannie’s designs are often asymmetrical and always bold, but they usually don’t take quite as much brain power as navigating a Cookie A pattern. In other words, they’re just my speed.

Two Cartmel Socks

Sock #1 – Aphrodite

The sock on the right is the first one I knit, a couple years ago when I was in thrall to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its Millenium series sequels. All on tape, of course. This sock is 100_2596-pairAphrodite, and I knit it in Urban Night Sock.  It’s intricate little one-over-one cables keep things interesting and make a stretchy, foot-hugging rib. The pattern is charted, but once you get the hang of the basic motif repeat you can knit your socks without them becoming a total magnet and highlighter management project.

Jeannie’s even thought through the perils of second sock syndrome – the unendurable boredom of producing the same sock twice to create a pair – the scourge that leaves so many sock knitter’s families going barefoot or wearing miss-matched socks. Many Cartmel patterns are reversed on sock #2, providing both knitterly and visual interest.

Here’s a detail shot of Aphrodite:

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Sock #2 – Lines x 3

My second Cartmel sock is Linesx3, and it too has mirror image left and right socks. I knit these for a girlfriend, and this pattern actually took a bit more concentration than I expected. I kept taking it to knitting groups and meetings, and repeatedly found that counting to three (there are 3 rounds in the basic pattern repeat) is not something I do well in public.

I knit this pair in Violet Crush Sock. I think it’s my new fave color for this summer.
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I’m not sure what comes next. I’m quite drawn to Jeannie’s Pride.

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Knitter, hiker, skier, dog owner. Zealous novel reader. Loathes licorice. Owner of Intrepid Tulips Yarn in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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