June 10, 2008
Helical stripe socks, in 8 simple steps
- Contemplate sock yarn leftovers. Wouldn't some of the colors go oh-so-well together?
- Investigate the helical nature of knitting.
- Try knitting some jog-less stripes, remembering to go with the flow!
- Insert a short-row heel.
- Or a flap one!
- Accept Lorna's Laces' offer to create a colorway which blends all the helical sock colors into one (this step is optional, hehe).
- Consider ways to maintain proper tension across dpns; make a little video.
- Finish the sock, wash the sock, and blog about it. BLOG about it. Grandma wants her birthday socks (even if 2 weeks late), so get out your camera and do it!
Pattern: in simplified terms, this is just stockinette, knit in the round (over 66 sts, starting with 20 rnds of K4, P2 ribbing, round toe from Folk Socks, pg. 69). Yup, the simple nature of the knit stitch worked in the round underlies all the apparent complexity! But of course I have to cite Knitter's Handbook, where I first read about "helical stripes."
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, 80% superwash wool, 20% nylon. A pair of large women's socks (a bit wider than average, and 10" long) used up the following amounts:
- blackberry (4ns, main color) - 40 grams
- navy (24ns) - 13.5 grams
- lilac (12 ns) - 12.5 grams
- natural (0ns) - 12 grams
I'm not sure why I needed a bit more of some accent colors than others, but in any case we're definitely in the "leftover" category - I often have as much as 20 grams left over after finishing a large pair of socks (from a 100 gram skein). Just the main color needs more than scraps.
Needles: Susan Bates US 0 dpns, set of 5. (Well, I actually used four US 0 needles, and one US 1, because apparently having 3 sets of these needles is not enough for all my WIPs, but who's counting?)
Ladders: Present, but not important in the least ;).