I accidentially found this book from 1985 browsing the internet for "old knittin´" 85 pair of socks from Danish museums, from all regions in Denmark have been examined and the beautiful purl patterns thoroughly written down.
I was extremely thrilled when I found out that a pattern was located to my village. And I immediately knew that I would work a pair of socks for Gete, who has been dancing and teaching folk dance most of her life. This Spring she celebrates her 25 anniversary as a chairwoman of my local church choir.
Here she is in the church looking for music.
I wanted to make Gete a pair of snug socks she can wear a chilly summer night on her terrace. The original sock is thigh-high, the wool is 2 ply with no reinforcing, the needles very thin. To modify an old pattern so that the socks can actually be worn causes a lot of questions. I wanted to use reinforced sock yarn, not thinner needles than size 2 mm. For the purl stitches to show the thread must not split. Lorna´s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn has those qualities.
I wanted to use as many of the original details as possible.
The border with decreases.
This is called [Svikkel], in English [Clock]
I did not like the original heel because it had a seam so I made this in stead.
The toe is from the original pattern.
This photo is taken from Den Gamle By´s Museum through glass in a very dark room, just to give an impression what the old socks looked like.