WYS Wood Pigeon Socks

Some yarn combinations are just too tantalising to put off knitting for long. I fell in love with these two yarns and couldn’t wait for them to arrive in the post. I love the beautiful colour combinations in the WYS Signature 4ply Sock Yarn Country Birds. The Wood Pigeon sock yarn is soooo perfect. The delicate colours match the colours from the Wood Pigeon’s breast, head and wing wonderfully well. Who wouldn’t want to wear these gorgeous WYS Wood Pigeon Socks?

WYS Wood Pigeon Socks Wood Pigeon photo by Stefan Berndtsson via Flickr

I used WYS Signature 4 ply Sock Yarn in Wood Pigeon from the glorious Country Birds range and its beautiful partner Pennyroyal from the Spice Rack collection.

Initially, I cast on in the Wood Pigeon and after finishing the ribbed cuff and most of the leg I just knew that it wasn’t how I pictured these finished socks. I wanted the patterning to look the same all the way down the sock. So I frogged and rewound my yarn and started off again. This time I cast on using the Pennyroyal for the cuff. I changed to Wood Pigeon to knit the leg.

WYS Wood Pigeon Socks Wood Pigeon photo by Stefan Berndtsson via Flickr

I decided on an afterthought heel that I based on the design of the Classic Toe. So I knit the 30 heel stitches using waste yarn. The darker grey stripe has 4 rounds in it and I placed the waste yarn after finishing round 2.

Then continued knitting the foot of the sock using Wood Pigeon.

Although I wanted the Classic Toe to be in the Pennyroyal yarn, I didn’t want the whole toe to be plain coloured and following on directly after the pennyroyal coloured stripe. So I began my toe shaping on the first fair isle row after the pennyroyal stripe. I continued with the light grey stripe and the following fair isle row before changing to the Pennyroyal yarn to finish the Classic Toe.

WYS Wood Pigeon Socks Wood Pigeon photo by Stefan Berndtsson via Flickr

Classic Toe:

  • Round 1: Needles 1 and 3: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1; Needles 2 and 4: k1, ssk, k to end of needle.
  • Round 2: k
  • Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 4 sts on each needle. (16 stitches).
  • Making sure that the stitches toe aligns with the heel, slip the stitches from needle 4 onto needle 1 and the stitches from needle 3 onto needle 2. 8 stitches on each needle.
  • Graft the toe stitches using Kitchener Stitch.

Wood Pigeon Socks

After finishing the Classic Toe and sewing in the ends, I picked up the stitches for the afterthought heel and worked the heel in a similar way to the Classic Toe.

Loving how these socks turned out. Really beautiful.

WYS Wood Pigeon Socks Wood Pigeon Photo by Andy Vernon via Flickr

WYS Signature 4ply Sock Yarn is a sumptuous yarn containing 35% bluefaced leicester wool. The wool used in this range of yarn is reared, sheared and spun in Britain. It is a gorgeous yarn to knit with. Beautifully squishy and soft. I used 2.75mm dpns to knit the WYS Wood Pigeon Socks. Wonderful and oh so wearable!

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  1. Hi Nicolette, I found your blog on sock knitting really helpful. I want to knit socks in Bluetit yarn from WYS. What size needles did you use for this yarn? 3.25mm on ball band sounds bit big for socks ,eg I was using 2.50mm when I knit previous socks in Regia 4ply.

    • Hi Sheila
      Bluetit is a gorgeous colour in the WYS Country Birds range. I used 2.75mm dpns for knitting these socks. This needle size tends to be my favourite for socks. I’m delighted that you enjoyed reading the blog. Hope this is helpful.

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