I believe I have just "unvented" a stitch pattern. (You know, this is when you think you've invented something, but it actually already exists.) This lacey pattern is so simple that it could not possibly be original. There are only two rows to the four-stitch repeat. Row 1 is K2tog, yo, K2; Row 2 is K2, yo, K2tog. It seemed as though there should be an SSK in there somewhere, but when I tried it, I lost the ridge at the edge of the lace panel. Has anyone ever seen this before? Does it have a name?
I incorporated the lace bits into a 7-stitch pattern that alternates K4,P3 with LaceyBit, P3 every 10 rows. I think it's the swapping back and forth that causes the knit columns to stagger about in such an inebriated fashion. Nothing will make them stay straight. And, of course, I incorporated the 7-stitch pattern into . . . . .
A pair of socks. Of course. Well, it will be a pair. Right now it's just the one. But that's okay. In fact it's such a humongous achievement that I was thinking of naming these "Halleluiah Socks" (I went with "Staggered Lace" instead). This yarn is the Dream in Color Smooshy that I have attempted to make into socks FIVE TIMES before this. Each of those five was, however, a cable pattern. Apparently this yarn wanted to be lace. It looks like the sort of hearty yarn that would cable delightfully; but its true self is a dainty creature craving delicate airiness. So be it. The yarn has spoken.