I've finished another pair of socks from my vintage yarn collection. This yarn is what they used to call "baby weight," and judging by the label and the pastel color palette, "Peter Pan" by Wendy was intended for baby clothes. The fiber content is 55% nylon, which made me think it would make long-wearing socks. If the nylon/acrylic fibers are uncomfortable in shoes (as is sometimes the case) I'll have a nifty pair of bed socks for cold nights.
I used Barbara Walker's Heraldic Pattern from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, pp. 150-151. It's a pattern I've wanted to try for many years, but I had great difficulty converting the back-and-forth, flat knitting direction to in-the-round directions, mostly because every stitch is, at some point, twisted with another stitch. The odd directions in rows 23, 25, 31, and 32 reflect the way I worked around this.
The end result of a seamless tube of diagonals is very pleasing. I'm going to have to use this pattern on another pair of socks if only to justify the time I spent working out the "round and round" directions.
Barbara Walker's Heraldic Pattern Multiple of 12 stitches, knitted in the round Row 1: *K2, P4* Row 2: *RT, K4, LT, K4* Row 3: *K2, P4* Row 4: Knit Row 5: *K2, P4* Row 6: *RT, K4, LT, K4* Row 7: *K2, P4* Row 8: *K1, LT, K2, RT, K5* Row 9: *K3, P2, K3, P4* Row 10: *K2, LT, RT, K6* Row 11: *K8, P4* Row 12: *K3, RT, K7* Row 13: *K8, P4* Row 14: *K2, RT, LT, K6* Row 15: *K3, P2, K3, P4* Row 16: *K1, RT, K2, LT, K5* Row 17: *K2, P4* Row 18: *LT, K4, RT, K4* Row 19: *K2, P4* Row 20: Knit Row 21: *K2, P4* Row 22: *LT, K4, RT, K4* Row 23: *K2, P4* Last repeat, K2, P3. Slip last stitch onto next needle, making it first stitch of next row. Row 24: *RT, K6, LT, K2* Row 25: *K3, P4, K3, P2* At end of last repeat, slip first stitch from next row onto working needle, knit. Row 26: *K8, LT, RT* Row 27: *K2, P4, K6* Row 28: *K9, LT, K1* Row 29: *K2, P4, K6* Row 30: *K8, RT, LT* Row 31: *K2, P4, K3, P2, K1* Last repeat K2, P4, K3, P2 Slip last stitch onto next needle, making it first stitch of next row. Row 32: *LT, K6, RT, K2* At end of last repeat, slip first stitch from next row onto working needle, knit.