Knitting, Simplicity & Small Details

Dalarna, Beth Hemmila: hand knitted socks

I just finished another pair of hand knitted socks. I wanted to make something simple so I selected "Dalarna" from Nancy Bush's Knitting on the Road: Sock Patterns for the Traveling Knitter and used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Navy Pier.

Dalarna, Beth Hemmila: hand knitted socks

Inspired by her time learning how to weave in Dalarna, Sweden, Nancy Bush designed a sock solidly rooted in the beautiful traditions of Scandinavia.

I was drawn to this pattern because with just a few easily placed alternating knit and purl stitches, a simple, yet interesting decorative motif is created down either side of the leg.

Dalarna, Beth Hemmila: hand knitted socks

I like how Nancy Bush contrasted the stockinette stitch in this pattern with a lively cuff that includes rib knitting and a decorative chain stitch across the top. Also, the reinforced heel is super sweet with a kind of twisted rib pattern. This is all beginning knitting, but by arranging stitches in a thoughtful and organized way she created a classic looking sock filled with small details to delight the eye.

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