Pattern of the Week: Cube Socks
Yarn sets are always such a temptation for me; they’re like little colorful yarny bonbons or bouquets of tiny skeins. Unfortunately, I never know what to do with them. Accent stripes on mittens? A multicolored cowl? There are only so many striped projects you can make, and there are always a thousand ends to weave in at the end. Designer Mone Dräger came up with a fun, distinctive way to use sets of mini-skeins (like SweetGeorgia Yarns Party of Five, shown here) that shows off each yarn to its full advantage.
The Cube Socks are worked in intarsia in the round. Intarsia is usually worked back and forth in rows to keep the yarn in the correct place. However, this means that the socks have to sewn into a tube, and no one likes a lumpy seam under their foot. These socks use a unique construction method, explained in the pattern, to work intarsia in the round; the designer slipped stitches to work each color block in the correct order. It’s quite a clever method that creates smooth joins on each side, making fun, color-blocked socks without any seams.
There are multiple sock patterns featured in knitscene Summer 2018, all just as intriguing as the Cube Socks. Dip your toes into some fresh knits that will keep your needles moving.
DESIGNER Mone Dräger
FINISHED SIZE 6¾ (7¾, 8¾)” foot circumference and 9 (9½, 10)” long from back of heel to tip of toe; foot length is adjustable. Socks shown measure 7¾”.
YARN SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Party of Five Mini-Skein Set (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon; 525 yd [480 m]/5 oz [142 g] [105 yd (96 m)/skein]): snapdragon (lettuce wrap [dark green; A]; orchid [pink; B]; melon [light green; C]; pistachio [medium green; D]; birch [ecru; E]), 1 set of 5 skeins.
NEEDLES Size 1½ (2.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 33 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ in St st.