Clarification: I’ve clarified rounds 6-8 and 10. Because I wrote it, I knew to slip the first stitch of the last 3 and knit (or purl) the final 2. I can see how that might be confusing when you get to the end of the repeats and have 3 stitches left, then I say K2. My bad.
Because I knit virtually all my socks toe-up, and with a Fish Lips Kiss heel, it is really quite easy to slot in any stitch pattern I want. I have, goodness, maybe 6 or more books of stitch pattern, but my favourites are from Wendy Bernard. I have The Knitting All Around one, the Up, Down, All Around one, and her Japanese stitches one. I love that there re lists in the back that sort the various patterns by stitch count, so if I want to see all the patterns that match my usual 68 stitches count, I can do it. It is also pretty easy to figure out how to add a couple of framing stitches and use most patterns that way.
I saw a stitch pattern called the Alternating Slip Stitch, and quite liked the way it looked. I felt like it might work well for hand-dyed yarn, and decided to give it a go. after knitting a bit of a swatch, I decided to omit one line, which made the pattern created more round then oval.
One of my mates asked for the pattern, but there really isn’t a pattern, I just slot in the stitch sequence to my existing framework. But I wrote up a little description for her, and having gone to the trouble to do that, I figured I might as well share it.
Here is another look at the socks:
I always like how a slipped stitch pattern breaks up colour pools in hand dyed yarn
Anyway, if you fancy the look here is the most basic outline of what I did. and just a little tip – I placed the stitch pattern info quite specifically on the PDF. I like to use a little clip like these:
although to be fair a paper clip works just as well, on the side of the printout, to keep track of where I am in the sequence.
I am already working on another pair, which I am really liking a LOT, but I feel like the stitch pattern might work even better if I shift it a few stitches tot he right to centre the design, or if I flip one sock so they are a mirror image. Perhaps more on that at a later date.