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  1. Heels and Toes for Hand Knitted Socks

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    One of the delights of knitting socks is that they’re a great way to use skeins of wildly variegated yarns.

     bfl nylon sock heels and toes 1

    Most of a sock is made up of a tube that doesn’t change in width, so the colours can repeat in a pattern through the leg and the foot. If you want that pattern to continue uninterrupted then using a contrast colour for heels and toes is a great option.

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    These socks are knitted in our 4ply BFL nylon in the Dark Chocolate Tunnocks colourway with heels and toes in raspberry.

    These socks are knitted with 64 stitches in the round, so many patterns will tell you to work the short row heel over half that number. I find I get a much better fit if I add a few more stitches to the heel, so the heels in these socks are worked over 36 stitches rather than 32.

    If you’d like to give this a go here are some colour suggestions for you.

     bfl nylon sock heels and toes misty neons and yellow

    Misty neon and yellow

     bfl nylon sock heels and toes misty neons and hydrangea

    Misty neon and hydrangea

    bfl nylon sock heels and toes faded rainbow and pearl 

    Faded rainbow and pearl

     bfl nylon sock heels and toes faded rainbow and rose

    Faded rainbow and Rose

     bfl nylon sock heels and toes stormy sky and geranium

    Stormy sky and geranium

     bfl nylon sock heels and toes stormy sky and coal

    Stormy sky and black

     bfl nylon sock heels and toes 2

    The contrast in my socks was knitted with a 20 gram mini skein. Once the socks were done I wanted to check if I had enough yarn to work the ribs too. Casting on 64 stitches let me work 33 rounds of rib before I ran out of yarn. That means there’s plenty of yarn for 10 rounds of rib at the top of each sock without needing to play yarn chicken, even if you had a few more stitches on your needles.

    Happy sock knitting.

    Take me to the sock yarn.

  2. Sock Yarns Old and New

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    A couple of years ago we had a very special sock yarn spun for us. Using a blend of BFL and mohair allowed us to have a hard wearing yarn which didn't contain any nylon. It was great stuff. As we reached the end of the batch we needed to decide if we wanted to get another batch spun. It was a tough call because we loved this yarn, but we didn't want to have so many custom spun yarns which mean buying a minimum of 100kg of a base - and then juggling with mill production schedules.

    BM100 gunmetal

    This yarns isn't just good for socks - it's hard wearing enough for any garment, and the fibres give it a lovely shine. It would make a great sweater or shawl.

    So why are we telling you about a yarn that's discontinued? When we decided not to order a new batch from the mill I put some of our remining stock to one side as it works beautifully through my standard gauge knitting machine. There have been a steady stream of emails asking if we have any more of this base, and we've decided to add all of the remaining skeins to the shop with 10% off their original price. 

    BM50 turquoise

    There are both 50g and 100g skeins available, so if you'd like some smaller skeins for colurwork this would be a great option.

    The yarns will be in the shop at 1900 UK time on Thursday 18th June. You'll find them in the NEW section until the next update then they'll transfer to the Last Chance section.

    We've also added a few moe colours in our new BFL nylon base. This is perfect for socks, and also works well in garments and accessories. It would be a good choice for baby clothes too as it's superwash treated so can be machine washed.

    We've added three colours.

    trio blue faced leicester nylon sok yarn british hand dyed in Yorkshire the

    These yarns will be in the NEW section from 1900 on the 18th of June, then when we next update the shop you'll find them with the rest of the BFL Nylon.