I first had the idea for Flùran back in the middle of winter, when everything was dull and dark and dreary. It started with an idea for a leafy sock, which swiftly grew into a set of leafy socks for every season. The leafy socks will be here in June – it seemed more appropriate to start with the blossom socks – perfect for April as the cherry trees are blossoming – as are many other trees here, setting off my allergies!
My first choice for the lace pattern was the same one I used for Anthousai but because the stitch count varies a lot from the start to the finish of a repeat, it was very difficult to make it work and sit nicely on a foot without distorting, so I switched my ideas and found this gorgeous pattern instead. I love how the “petals” cascade over each other, looking a little bit like a cluster of blossom along a branch. I mirrored it on each foot for a matching pair and I’m delighted with the results!
When I came up with the design I thought I had a couple of yarns in my stash that would be perfect for the blossom theme, but the first produced micro-stripes in pink and green and the second had too many speckles and they both obscured the pattern. Luckily for me, when I went shopping, the super talented Ishrat of Fruitful Fusion had this beautiful yarn in stock on her merino/nylon base. It’s called Washed Coral and it was exactly what I was looking for!
Flùran is just the first pattern in my Four Seasons of Socks collection. I’ve got a leafy pair on the needles for June’s pattern, and three more patterns planned for release between August and December with more plant-inspired designs! I’m selling them on Ravelry as an E-Book, and you can either buy the E-Book now (and get 25% off until the 21st April) or buy the patterns one at a time as you want them, and you’ll never pay more than the full price of the collection.
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