There is nothing I like better when I go to the seaside than to get a bag of chips and eat them, sat overlooking the sea, savouring the salt and vinegary deliciousness along with the perfect golden crisp chips. That is going to be one of the first trips I make with friends when all this social distancing is a thing of the past. Of course, while you are enjoying your chips, there are bound to be plenty of beady eyed seagulls, just willing you to drop a chip. Some of them are even bold enough to swoop past and make a grab for one! That's the idea behind the 'It's Seagull o'clock' socks. The slip stitch pattern creates rows of gulls, sitting, watching and waiting for their opportunity.
I first started playing around with the design using a sock set that I'd bought from Hayley at Ducky Darlings. The set was called Ice Lolly and I loved the citrussy-tropical feel of the colours.
The pattern is a four row repeat, and is much easier than it looks! The slip stitch creates little 'v' shapes; the kind of image that children draw when putting birds into their pictures. There are two heel flap options too - the traditional slip stitch heel and an alternative slip stitch and garter stitch heel which mirrors the pattern of the sock.
Hayley liked the pattern so much that she offered to test knit it for me, and before I knew it, she had also created a sock set especially for the pattern. You can see her take on the design in the very first photo, along with the sock set. It's called 'Pesky Seagulls' and it is stunning. The sock set consists of a 50g skein of superwash BFL and nylon and two co-ordinating 20g mini skeins, so you can play around with heels, toes and cuffs. The possibilities are endless!
You can purchase the pattern from my Ravelry store here (warning, this will take you straight to Ravelry) and just for this weekend, September 12-13th, if you use the code 'PESKY', you can get 25% off the pattern. As with all my patterns, I will donate £1 from each pattern sale to Myositis UK to help fund research into this incurable muscle disease. Hayley will have sock sets of 'Pesky Seagulls' in her shop from today and is offering free shipping on UK orders over £20 with the code 'cake'. I'm hoping that I will be able to snag a set for myself. Hayley has already gifted me one set which will be a prize for my fundraising. You can find the sock sets here. There are a few different combinations to choose from. Which one do you like the best?
I think you'll agree with me that Hayley has done an amazing job with the yarn. I love the tonal greys with speckles of golden yellow. Thank you so much Hayley, it was great fun working on this with you.
You can buy the pattern here!
You can buy the yarn here!
You'll be able to keep that feeling of chips at the seaside all year round with a pair of socks knit in these. xxx