I appear to be going through a sock knitting phase. I am still determined to lower my stash and after buying some lovely aran yarn from Rosies Moments I was determined to knit my daughter some socks with it. I decided to read lots of my sock books, I have one or two! Some of them were very similiar but one or two stood out for me. The first is Rowans Sock Knitting Workshop by Georgina Parks. It has really clear instructions and good guides to the heel shaping . I have knitted the basic pattern in Rowan Fine Art Sock yarn and am really pleased with the results. After digesting all this information from all sock knitting books I decided to try my hand at writing my own basic pattern. This is something I never thought I would do, design a pattern. As I have lots of small amounts of Aran weight yarn I decided to design in this weight first. It took a bit of trial and error to get the right length etc but I am pleased with the result and will be putting the pattern on Ravelry once I have written it out in electronic form. I used one skein of Rowan Fine Art Aran for a UK size 7 pair .
Edited to add link. Pattern is now live http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jemma-3
I love the way the colours pool. Next on my to do list is to write one in sock weight yarn. I have also realised that I prefer the kl, sl1 for the heel flap.
I am still destashing and will post an update shortly