Socks Ahoy

 Pattern: Exploring toe up. Made it up as I went.

Yarn: String Theory Continum Self Striping Sock Yarn in Tachyon

Needles: 2.25mm circs

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I started off using the Spiceman toe up pattern for these socks but once I got to the heel I realized that it just wasn’t going to work to keep the stripes even all the way up the front. I ripped back and made them up as I went.

Afterthough heels are really the way to go for toe up striped socks but they really do not fit my heel well. I don’t know about the rest of you but I have rounded heels not 90 degree angled heels like the afterthought heels produce.

I had a chat with Megan and she asked me if I wanted to try out her new OMG heel pattern as she too doesn’t like the fit of the afterthought heel.

The heel was enjoyable to knit, works perfectly to keep the stripe pattern even and seems to fit well so far. The real test will be what it feels like after a few wears but at this point I’m very hopefully that I may have found a heel solution.

This was my first time using String Theory Yarn and I really enjoyed it. I first came across String Theory when I saw all the socks Jeannie Cartmel was making from the club shipments a few years ago. I always kept the name in the back of my mind and when I saw it available on destash for a great price I just couldn’t resist. I’m so glad I took the plunge, I definitely look forward to using more of this yarn in the future.

Once these socks were off the needles I cast on right away for another striped pair.

I was recently gifted the Partying it UP and Getting DOWN socks by the designer herself, Megan Williams. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while and knew they were going to be my next striped pair. I’m using Knit Picks Felici in High Tide, it is a retiring colour so I’m glad I was able to get some before it was discontinued. I’ll also be using the OMG heel again for this pair which you will be to purchase with her soon to be released pattern Blurred Lines.

I’m really enjoying sock knitting right now. It’s the perfect summer take along project..

Do you have any suggestions for patterns to use with self striping yarn?

10 thoughts on “Socks Ahoy

  1. Great socks… I like my Undine pattern for Self-striping – Mom likes Monkeys for everything! Really, you can use it for almost anything, cables, lace, ripples, zigzags….

  2. I have only made two pairs of socks. One was as a new knitter and I’ve totally forgotten the experience, except frustration, and the other was last summer, which I enjoyed. I don’t have a recipe for my best fit yet but I’m definitely bookmarking yours for future reference. They are so cute!

  3. I still like Jaywalker! Maybe it’s because it was my first pair of socks (that are completed and fit).

  4. i just ordered some self striping sock yarn and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. i’ll be checking out all these s-s sock patterns as i haven’t done them before. i am loving the sock knitting this year too!

  5. Those stripes match perfectly! Sock knitting is definitely the way to go. I bet you want to keep getting to the next stripe and before you know it you’re done!

  6. Valerie is correct. Monkeys by Cookie A. are my go to socks. They seem to work with any yarn stripey or not, and they knit up pretty quick.

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