The Scrappy Socks Are Here
Stored in the refrigerator of the mind and the cupboard of the heart. -Thomas Fuller
They're here! They're here! The Scrappy Socks are here!
And I adore them. They turned out even better than I expected. They seem to flow from one pattern to the other almost effortlessly. Again, better than I expected.
Pattern: mine (see below)
Yarn: mine leftovers (see below)
Needles: US 1 dpns
Notes: Um, see below
Best Thing About This Project: These are my favorite socks by far. More than any of the technically-challenging ones, these I jsut adore. It's all the memories of all the socks. And I'm in love.
So, you want to know what I did? Consider this your Ten Step Pattern (but you do need to already know how to knit socks):
- Grab your self-striping sock yarns and pick a solid or two for the cuffs, toes, and heels.
- Cast on the right number of stitches for socks for you on needles you choose. (I did 64 sts on US 1s)
- Make a cuff in your cuff color (highly recommended to be a solid). I did 20 rows.
- Start with a color you have more of than others and knit 8 rows. After 8 rows, stop.
- Switch to another color, and knit 8 rows. As you switch colors, weave in the ends as you go. (This is KEY. You really don't want all those ends to weave in.)
- Keep alternating colors every 8 rows until it's long enough for the leg. You want to make sure you repeat one or two colors at regular-ish intervals for continuity.
- Make a heel. I like heel flaps, but you could easily do short rows. Use a non-striping yarn for this.
- Pick back up with the self-striping and knit - changing every 8 rows and making a gusset if needed - until the toe.
- Knit a toe in your contrast color.
- Make a second sock "the same" as the first. I used the same yarns in the same order, but that meant that the colors were often from different places in the stripe sequence. Looks great, doesn't it?
- I didn't use all of my leftovers, I only grabbed about 8 different self-striping ones that somewhat coordinated. In this case, that meant none of the "manly" ones.
- Only 8 rows at a time. And always eight rows (except one time when I was running out and I only did 6, but the same on each sock).
- I repeated a couple of yarns throughout - the magenta-orange one and the lone Opal skein I had (the one with the longer repeats).
- Definitely do solid heels, toes, and cuffs. It ties it all together.
Look how much leftover sock yarn I still have. These socks used much less yarn than I expected, and only rid me entirely of one whole color.