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  1. Different Stitch Patterns for Self Striping Sock Yarns

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    There's something about self striping sock yarns that lends itself perfectly to vanilla socks. Watching the stripes grow in a pleasingly regular repeat makes it easy to work just a round or two more.

    self stripe sock image 2

    Simple. And yet very satisfying.

    Our self striping sock yarns have a long length of the main colour, then much shorter lengths of three colours. I wondered what would happen if I knitted all of the stitches when I was working with the main colour and purled the other stitches. The result? - caterpillar socks.

     

    self stripe sock image 3

    If you look at the foot of the front sock you can just see that I deceided I'd prefer less texture on the sole, so once the heel was turned I knitted all of the sole stitches regardless of the colour I was working with.

    self stripe sock image 9

    The same stitch pattern in a different colourway. I'm pretty sure that blocking would even out the stitch differences where I went between needles - and now that I know these stitches tend to be a little looser it's easy to compensate.

    self stripe sock image 5

    I knit 4ply socks on 64 stitches, so any pattern repeat with 8 stitches fits in well. Here I knitted in the main colour and slipped every 8th stitch when working with the contrast colour. On the next stripe I worked the slip stitches 4 stitches further on so the slip stitches are staggered. I didn't worry about working complete rounds of slip stitches and let the colour dictate when I went back to plain knitting.

    self stripe sock image 10

    Again you could choose to work the sole plain if you want to minimise texture in that area.

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    The last sample I played with with a 6 by 2 rib. There's a subtle dufference to the look, and ribbed socks tend to be that little bit snugger. I even managed to sneak in a 1 by 1 and 2 by 2 rib on the ends to check which I'd prefer for ribbed socks - and 2 by 2 rib works beautifully.

    Want to cast on your own self striping socks? Find the yarn here.

  2. New Self Striping Britsock Colours

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    This week is all about self striping sock yarn and we're adding nine new colours to the lineup.

    nine group britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wear

    Self striping sock yarn is great fun to knit with as the colour changes are taken care of for you. It's my favourite thing for plain vanilla socks, and the end result always looks so much more impressive than it has any right too.

    We've tried to cover a wide range of colour preferences, so there are a couple of very bright options, a few with neutral backgrounds and some paler colours too. Right now the paler colours are catching my eye the most, perhaps because they feel summery and I'd like to hold on to that feeling for a little more.

    duck egg britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wearin

    unicorn tail britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard we

    watercolour britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wea

    Duck egg, unicorn tail and watercolour

    These yarns are dyed on our Britsock base. This blend of British wools, alpaca and nylon is custom spun for us in Devon by John Arbon, and it's a brilliant sock yarn. Actually it's a great yarn for most things (and right now it's on my needles as I'm knitting one of the new Woolly Wormhead hats which will be released soon).

    flower power britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard we

    iris britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wearing se

    scooby doo britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard wear

    Flower power, iris and scooby doo

     

    Later this week I'll be blogging about how to make sure the stripe pattern on your socks doen't get disrupted by the heel. I'll also be suggesting some alternative stitch patterns in case you want a  chance from plain vanilla socks.

    sweet pea britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon hard weari

    primaries on coal britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca nylon ha

    printer ink on charcoal britsock blue faced leicester wensleydale alpaca ny

    Sweet pea, primary colours on coal and printer ink on charcoal

     

    These yarns are win the update taking place at 1900 on Thursday 27th of August so if you're browsing in the shop before then you won't see them.

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