5 Great Things About Sock Knitting

Lorilee Beltman's Our Paths Cross Socks

There's a new Sockupied and I think it's the best one yet. My favorite sock knitting pattern from this issue is Lorilee Beltman's Our Paths Cross Socks (pictured at left). Lorilee has a wonderful vertical stranding technique that's easy to master really effective for all kinds of colorwork. I took a class from Lorilee at Sock Summit and we used this technique to make plaid socks.

There's a bunch more fun in Sockupied, too; here's editor Anne Merrow to tell you all about it!

My first pair of handknitted socks ended in tears when my Dad felted them—
but somehow I caught sock knitting fever anyway. What makes me love them so?

Let me count the ways…

5 Great Things about Knitting Socks

The Leapfrog Socks pattern turns handpaints and solids alike into a playfully patterned pair.
Cat Bordhi keeps finding new ways to knit socks. Learn about her latest invention, the Sweet Tomato Heel, in the new issue ofSockupied.

1. You can make socks fit perfectly.

Let's face it—feet are weird. They have some strange lumps and bumps that are necessary to accomplish everything we ask them to do, which can make for some odd fit issues. When you knit socks, you can adapt them to your own foot. In this issue, Kate Atherley explains how she developed a "Naïve Gusset" to customize a short-row heel.

2. You can use your brightest, most colorful handpainted yarn—or stick with subtle solids.

There are colorful yarns that would stop traffic if you used them in a sweater. If you're not eager for a pile-up, then socks are the perfect place to use them. Debbie O'Neill's Leapfrog Socks are this issue's One Sock, Two Ways pattern—they're lovely in yarns from demure to dazzling.

3. There is always something new to try.
Cat Bordhi, one of the most imaginative knitters we know, thought she'd already found the best way to knit socks . . . until she developed the Sweet Tomato Heel. Cat demonstrates her new technique, tells about her sock adventures, and offers a brand-new pattern in this issue.

What better way to feel delightfully indulged than to knit and wear Deborah Newton's sumptuous stockings?

4. They're the ultimate way to pamper yourself.
There's nothing like pulling on a perfect pair of socks in chilly weather to make me feel like I'm taking great care of myself. This issue, Deborah Newton's over-the-knee Frost Feather Stockings are a cozy indulgence to knit and wear when you need a little tender loving care.

5. Socks are
Don't take my word for it. Listen to the three talented poets who took socks as their muse and created witty limericks that will have you in stitches.

A radical cosmetic innovation
Is sweeping the sock knitting nation.
It seems the only cure known
For Second Sock Syndrome
Is Second Foot Amputation
              —Victoria Hewerdine Thornton

Plus . . . 3 Great Things about Sockupied

1. The Spring 2012 Sockupied is our largest ever. With six original patterns plus plenty of techniques, interviews, and more, this issue includes more of what you love about sock knitting.

2. It's available for the iPad.
You can take Sockupied with you on the go when you buy the iPad version—or download the PC or Mac version for your desktop or laptop. It's available at our lowest price ever.

3. We heard you! Each issue of Sockupied—even the latest—is now available for only $4.99.

Go check out Sockupied, and start the new year on the right foot.


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