Here it is! my second pattern with Petite Purls. The non-girly lace, as promised. Still, I think little girls will like these socks, too.
I have a good friend who prides herself on wearing mismatched socks, so I designed these "fraternal twins" for her little boy. The socks represent the medieval game of checkers from the tops of their crenellated cuffs to the tips of their pointy gothic toes.
Since buttons may not be appropriate for young children, I have also included instructions for making duplicate stitch checkers. The placement of the button checkers depicts a game after each player has made one move. The game on the duplicate stitch socks is in full play.
Special thanks to the model for my initial photo shoot, who will grow into these socks sooner than I think is possible.
He's already grown out of the prototypes (what's black and white and red all over?), which were darned cute and just about impossible to photograph--combining, as they did, the mystic art of red reproduction with the conundrum of getting both black and white exposed properly.
In other news, I have yet another pattern gig coming up soon, probably later this week--I will be publishing a girl’s sundress, my first pattern with the KnitPicks Independent Designers Program.