Monthly Archives: March 2012

The joys of self-patterning sock yarn

I’ve been knitting socks again. There’s something of the small child in me. I get bored very easily. The nice thing with socks (I suspect I’ve said this before but it bears repeating) is that there are several parts to a sock and therefore a lower boredom threshold. By the time you’re getting sick of working on the leg, you’ve got the heel flap. When you get to the foot and you’re starting to think it’ll never end, you suddenly have the toe decreases.

Up until recently most of the socks I’ve done have either been in worsted weight (goes fast, big needles, thick yarn), baby socks (over in a sec because they’re so small), or on in fatter than normal fingering weight yarn and on size 3 needles. They have all been done with Magic Loop.

Until recently. I think the bloom may be off the rose for Magic Loop and me. I still prefer it as a method to start circular projects, but for the past two sock projects, I have switched over to dpns once I’ve gotten past the cuff. For whatever reason, it seems to go much faster with the dpns.

I’ve been using the 8 stitches per inch size in Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks book so below I present to you my latest projects:

8 stitches per inch by mlzafron
8 stitches per inch, a photo by mlzafron on Flickr.

Socks from Graham's yarn by mlzafron
Socks from Graham’s yarn, a photo by mlzafron on Flickr.

Now add self-patterning sock yarn to the mix and they seem to go a lot faster. I now have the joy of wondering what color will come up next or how the patterns will form. Hours of fun and entertainment!