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Cloudin is from my book, Evolution, a collection of 12 designs inspired by The Vintage Shetland Project.

  • Cloudin are a visually stunning pair of socks, knitted using an attractive Shetland lace pattern on a tight gauge to create an attractive every day sock. They are knitted from the top down with a traditional heel flap, gusset and shaped toe. The design inspiration for Cloudin comes from the delicate lace pattern which creates the fabric on Johnson in The Vintage Shetland Project. This motif though lacy still creates a robust fabric for a pair of socks. Susan resized the motif to create three sock sizes and an easily adjustable foot. The sole is knitted in stocking stitch to create a firmer fabric for underfoot.

    The socks are named after Cloudin, a two storey farmhouse located on the island of Vaila off the west coast of Shetland. Cloudin stands close to the waters edge visible to boats passing by and even to the naked eye from the mainland on a good day. The roof features distinctive crowstepped gables which create the same sharp saw-like edges as the diamond motif.

    The Cloudin socks are knitted in our first ever true sock yarn, Bluem Sock, a blend of 75% Bluefaced Leicester yarn and 25% nylon. This blends creates a beautifully soft but strong material when your sock is knitted up. The hand-dyed shades for Bluem Sock are created and dyed in-house by Susan and her team. The shade used for Cloudin is called Rolling Mist, a tonal grey with clouds of almost-black lowlights drifting across the surface.

    The pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace sections.

    Susan is wearing the second size socks in the photographs.

    The pattern includes instructions for three sizes.

  • Yarn
    Susan Crawford Bluem Sock, 75% Bluefaced Leicester wool, 25% Nylon
    (395m/432yds per 100g skein)

    1 (1, 1) skein, shade Rolling Mist

    Suggested needles
    Set of 4 2.25mm (US 1) DPNs or circular needle if preferred

    Waste yarn or stitch holders
    Stitch markers

  • Knitting in the round
    Following a chart (optional)
    Knitting Lace
    Turning a heel

Yarn kits are also available in a choice of hand-dyed shades and options.
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