knitscene Summer 2018: Accented Socks
Stranded knitting is one of the most elegant techniques in knitting. It’s also one of the most intimidating techniques. Choosing all the colors, wrangling multiple strands of yarn, following the chart, making sure your floats aren’t too loose or too tight—there’s so many things to focus on at once! Socks are a great way to try a new technique and decide if you like it. They’re small enough that it’s not a huge investment of time and energy of you don’t like it, but big enough that you have a chance to get into the rhythm of working with two strands of yarn.
Take the Accented Socks from knitscene Summer 2018. They are the perfect introduction to stranded knitting. There are only two main colors, so it’s easier to choose which yarns to use. For the accent color, you could even use leftover yarn from your stash. There are only two colors per row. The stitch pattern forms geometrical shapes, so it’s easy to keep your place in the chart. Also, they’re designed so that you never have to deal with a long float; the small pattern repeat keeps the yarns tidily lined up on the wrong side.
Give them a go; maybe you’ll learn that you love stranded knitting!
DESIGNER Mone Dräger
FINISHED SIZE 7 (8, 9)” foot circumference and 9¼ (10, 10¾)” long from back of heel to tip of toe; foot length is adjustable. Socks shown measure 8″.
YARN Cascade Yarns Heritage (75% merino, 25% nylon; 437 yd [400 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #5626 turquoise (blue; A), #5681 limestone (light gray; B), and #5631 charcoal (dark gray; C), 1 skein each.
NEEDLES Sizes 1½ (2.5 mm) and 2 (2.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 36 sts and 42 rnds = 4″ in charted patt on larger needles.