Peek Inside Sockupied Fall 2015!
Right about now is the time of year I start to think “I should check the status of my sock drawer.” There’s always room for more pairs of socks, right? And when mid-August comes around, we know that fall is soon approaching most of the northern hemisphere, so it’s a good time to get your socks off the needles and on your feet.
Great time to have a knitted-sock-centric digital issue! The new issue of Sockupied is here and waiting for you to download your copy so you can have your sock drawer fully stocked for whatever the weather brings.
Let’s take a closer look:
Debbie O’Neill is our featured designer for this issue, and her A Walk in the Woods Socks (above) are stunning. Knit in Sunshine Yarns from the top-down, these socks combine lace and texture in delightful form.
Marie Godsey’s Hominy Socks perfectly straddle the line between “great for beginners” but “still interesting for advanced sock knitters.” An allover combination of knit and purl stitches in an easily repeated pattern means that if you’re new to sock knitting, these are a great pair to learn the basics; but even sock knitting professionals need a break from complicated patterns, and I suspect this simple stitch pattern will work with just about any yarn in your stash.
Mone Dräger is back in another issue of Sockupied and her Checkers Socks are astounding! To achieve the stranded colorwork fronts mirrored with a single-color textured back leg, Mone had to break apart traditional construction and get creative. I’d love to see these worked in a semi-solid and solid color pairing, too! The small bits of yarn used for the stranded contrast color mean you could probably go stash-diving to use up bits of yarn for this pair, too.
The Electrostatic Lines Socks by Jennifer Raymond are striking! Starting with the toe, you knit the simple stripes and then work a short-row heel flap in the contrast color before starting the zig-zag stripes up the leg. Jennifer provides excellent tips for making the calves fit—always a concern with knee-high socks! Knit these socks in high contrast colors, like the two colors of Hedgehog Fibers sock yarn that Jennifer used, or in more muted colors for an understated look.
Heidi Nick’s Riband Socks look great in both variegated yarn and a semi-solid! The mirrored twisted cables move down the legs to the foot, breaking up pooling in a hand-painted yarn or standing out in high relief in a more solid color.
Finally, we are honored to include Kate Atherley’s Gladys Thompson Socks in this issue. Kate’s excellent book Custom Socks couldn’t contain all the great designs that Kate created, so we asked if we could include this great pair of toe-up—or top-down!—gansey-inspired socks in our issue. Kate includes instructions for both toe-up sock knitting and also top-down, allowing you to choose your preferred method, or knit one of each to keep the knitting interesting.
We also feature a wonderful trip through time and space to the Pale Settlement of eastern Europe, as Donna Druchunas leads us on a historical sock-knitting journey.
Be sure to download your copy of Sockupied Fall 2015 today!