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It may be impossible to stop a particular handpainted skein from pooling or striping, so this pattern fools the eye into ignoring it. The swirling textured pattern and bead accents pull attention away from any color patterning. Play around with different bead colors to see which combination creates a cohesive blend between the colors in the yarn.Finished Size: About 6V (7V, 8V)" (16.5 [19, 21.5] cm) foot circumference and 7V (8X, 9V)" (19 [22.2, 24 cm) long from back of heel to tip of toe.
Yarn: Fingering weight (Super Fine #1). Shown here: Schaefer Yarn Anne (60% superwash wool, 25% mohair, 15% nylon; 560 yds [512 m]/4 oz]): Sophia Smith, 1 skein.
Needles: U.S. sizes 0 (2 mm) and 1 (2.25 mm): set of 4 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Marker (m); tapestry needle; 280 (384, 504) size 8° seed beads (about 35 g); bead stringing needle.
Gauge: 18 stitches and 23 rounds = 2" (5 cm) in stockinette stitch worked in the round on larger needles.
Originally Published: Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn (Interweave, 2008).
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