How I Roll: Rose City Rollers, Havirland Style

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The Rose City Rollers sock pattern is (or certainly ought to be) a staple of every sock knitter’s library. Mara Catherine Bryner (@orangeknits) released this sensational free pattern back in 2015. Soon after we began to see examples of her blending technique, where she fades colors from one to the next as she knits the sock. Apparently everyone wanted to know how she worked such magic, so in June of this year she met their demands and released a new pattern called How I Roll. This pattern details her process of blending, as well as offering endless knitting options, including top-down and toe-up; texture patterning; square, rounded and asymmetrical toe shaping; and three different heel flap styles. Undoubtedly, with this pattern you get your money’s worth! The How I Roll pattern can be purchased here.

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I knit my socks two-at-a-time (I rarely don’t) and chose yarns from my stash–all from one of my absolute favorite Indie yarn dyers, Carol Ocker, who operates under Havirland Yarns. I used five colorways and blended each sock in opposite order of the others. The colors are Space Cadet, Sock Science, Lady Orange, Hawaiian Punch and I Need More Yellow in My Sock Drawer. I allowed Lady Orange to dominate the other colors in my scheme because orange is one of my favorite colors, and somehow I don’t have any mostly orange socks as of yet.

Her yarns are divine! Visit the Havirland Yarns shop here.

Oh, also I made soap (above). I’m always trying new things, and soap-making is probably going to turn into a permanent hobby for cooler weather. (It’s hot making soap in my garage right now!) This batch is a lemongrass soap, and the recipe is from the book Pure Soapmaking.

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I adjusted the pattern a bit to accommodate a smaller ankle because I like it SNUG. As you can see from the pic above, my heel flap is teensy.

Now that my new Rollers are complete, all that is left to decide is when to cast on the next pair…

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Mom’s Blue Rollers

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As a second knit gift for my mom’s birthday I made her these Rose City Rollers in one color with no stripes or funkiness–which is just how she likes it. The yarn is Black Trillium Fibres Lilt Sock in the colorway “Sivia.” It’s a real stunner!

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This Rose City Rollers pattern is by Mara Catherine Bryner (@orangeknits on Instagram). It’s simple, straightforward and a must for summer. Somehow I have only knit this pattern once prior,Β but I’d like to eventually have a whole collection of these–in ALL the colors.

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Blended Rollers

Over the past year I have seenΒ several versions of the Rose City Rollers pattern floating around on Instagram. Whether knit in a solid color, with speckled, striped or pooling yarn, or with several yarns blended together, these socks are spunky!

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Naturally I went with the blended–arguably most difficult–route. Diving headlongΒ into my stash I pulled out House of A La Mode Fancy Fingering in ‘O’de to Anthro,’ Hedgehog Fibres Sock in ‘Banana Legs,’ Spun Right Round SW Sock in ‘Chirpy’ and Madelinetosh TML in ‘Mandala’ (arranged in order from left to right, below).

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I had witnessed the blended technique mostly in the rollers knit by Mara Catherine Bryner, the pattern’s author. Attempting to mimic her technique, I slowly faded the four colors from ankle to toe. It was a little tedious but well worth it. Now I have a work of art! (Even with one yarn, though, these would be a work of art…)

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