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.
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!