New Sock Club Design

I’ve said it before, but — it’s so hard to write on your knitting blog, when you can’t blog about what it is you are knitting.Champagne Sock

But now I can reveal that soon,  the next installment in the sock club by “For Yarn’s Sake” will be released, with this month’s design by yours truly!  The theme is “Champagne & Roses” and you will have a whole month to get your socks done in time for Valentine’s Day.

This sock design is interesting in a couple of ways:  I used a st pattern from a Japanese resource as the main motif, and it is kind of wide, so the sizing is done a bit differently than the usual “add another pattern repeat” method.  There are a couple of purl sts that run all the way through the pattern, and to get a larger sock, you just change “P1” to “P2” in a few places.  I’m kind of pleased with that strategy.

Another thing is that while the overall pattern is heavily textured and in fact looks rather complicated — the hardest thing in it is a 6-st cable, with one of the knit sts worked tbl, and a couple of purl sts.  (And if you know me, you will know that cable only shows up a few times in the pattern repeat.  Meaning, like, twice in 24 rounds.  Making 6-st cables all over a sock sounds like way too much work to me.)

Finally, the sts and techniques used are not difficult, but aren’t your same ol’, same ol’ either.  There is a technique used which I have called “make bubble” (NOT “BOBBLE”) which you see in the blurry little sneak-preview sample of ribbing up there.  It is no harder than binding off and doing a YO, but I bet it’s something you haven’t done before!

There are also a couple of crossed sts here and there, which can be done with a cable needle – but there is also a funky Japanese way to do them without a cable needle, and without trying to hold on to teeny little sts with your fingers, either.  I plan to put up some how-to videos for that after the sock design is officially released, so watch this space!

And don’t worry that I’ve spilled all the beans – this sock design will still have a little surprise waiting for you when it is fully unveiled!

The yarn is String Theory’s “Caper Sock” and again, if you know me, you know that I don’t often ooh-and-aah about yarn, seeing as how I have so freakin’ much of it.  But this yarn was surprisingly pleasant to work with and has a very good “smoosh” factor, which I like in a sock yarn.  Stringy sock yarns don’t have much place in my life, and this stuff is anything but.  Plus, it is in a sophisticated, slightly variegated pink, so that’s a plus in my book right there!

  4 comments for “New Sock Club Design

  1. margiev
    01/12/2011 at 11:19 AM

    Looks great – will this design be available if one is not a member of the sock club? (Ignorance showing here…)

  2. 01/12/2011 at 11:56 AM

    thanks Margie! there’s a lot more to it than what you can see here though! 🙂

    There are a couple ways to get the sock pattern. If the sock club for the year does not 100% sell out, kits for each installment are made available to non-members. I am not sure how soon that would be — you’d have to ask Anne at For Yarn’s Sake. You do have to get a kit though – can’t buy the yarn w/o the pattern, or vice versa.

    This pattern is not even released to club members yet – wait till Friday! – so I didn’t put in a link to the shop, but if you CLICK HERE you can go to FYS’s web site.

  3. Sheryl
    01/14/2011 at 8:49 AM

    I’ll be stalking the kit at For Yarn’s Sake this afternoon. I was lucky enough to see part of the sock in progress, and it is stunning!

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