Sock Weather

A note from Kathleen: It's time to snuggle into your couch and tuck into some sock knitting. Here's Sockupied Editor Anne Merrow to give you some inspiration!

Pumpion Socks by Julie Suchomel
Turnalar Socks By Leslie Comstock

Sock-Knitting Season

The last week has brought weather from coast to coast in the United States—snow in the West, hurricanes in the East. Whether you're curled up in front of a fireplace or seeking higher ground, there's nothing like being forced indoors to make knitting the activity of choice.

And when you're faced with high snowdrifts, high tides, or high winds, knitted socks will please your hands and feet. The perfect portable project, socks take a small amount of yarn. When you're finished, you'll be glad that wool insulates even when wet and can hold a lot of water before it feels wet on your feet.

The Fall 2012 issue of Sockupied has patterns that keep your fingers flying. The Scandent Socks, Pumpion Socks, and Semaphore Socks all have addictive stitch patterns that are easy to memorize. For a little more of a challenge, the clever Emerging Cable Socks, richly patterned Turnalar Socks, and textured Chardonnay Socks have charted motifs that yield spectacular results.

Boss Your Socks Around
When we were first dreaming up Sockupied, we knew we wanted it to be clever. Much as I love the designs in Sockupied, I really love the idea that you can make socks that are just right for you.

This issue is full of smart ideas. Franklin Habit revived a technique called garter-stitch Jacquard, a colorful way of adding texture to a pattern-and then he developed a method for working it in the round. Standard Jacquard designs can be worked in the garter-stitch method, and plain old garter stitch can get a jolt of color from a Fair Isle pattern

Chardonnay Socks by Chrissy Gardiner

Candace Eisner Strick decided she wasn't crazy about short-rows, so she created her own sock construction: she works the heels and toes flat! The resulting footwear can be completely reversible, and she even developed a new provisional cast-on based on the Channel Island Cast-on. (This has become my favorite cast-on…) You can substitute Candace's method for short-rows in other designs to make socks your own way.

Kate Atherley provides a comprehensive run-down of the top-down toe, from the standard wedge toe to a design for comfy left and right socks. When a few little piggies don't like the way a top-down sock toe fits, you can customize the pattern with Kate's suggestions.

Download Sockupied Fall 2012 today for intriguing designs, clever techniques, and fun features.

P.S. What's your favorite thing about knitting socks? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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