Friday, October 01, 2010
Long Night's Journey into Day
Socktober is here once again. It's the month that hits you, if you actually think you are going to knit any gifts for the holidays you better get cracking now.
Socks are an ambitious gift, but worsted-weight socks are a little more reasonable, and FAST. Which brings me to...
Welcome to the 8th month in the Socks For All Seasons Pattern club! I decided to look ahead to the changing seasons and embrace the cooling weather with a cardigan-like buttoned sock.
Backstory: It was a dark and stormy night. The teapot whistled and a fire was lit. She reached into the top drawer and slipped on the coziest pair among the bunch…
As the seasons change and the nights grow longer we need small comforts to protect us from the evening chill. This pair starts with the cuff, then stitches are picked up for the foot. You can even knit the foot in a contrasting yarn if you’d like. When completed, real buttons function like a cardigan sweater for added warmth. This pattern also includes some hot drink recipes for you to explore while knitting your own pair of extra thick socks.
Sizes: Women’s Small (Women’s Medium, Women’s Large)
Foot circumference: 7 (8, 9) inches 17.5 (20, 23 cm) unstretched. Will stretch to fit 8 (9, 10) inches 20 (23, 25.5 cm).
Gauge: 20 sts/34 rows = 4" in st st
Needles: 1 set US #3/3.25mm straight or circular needles (CUFF) AND 1 set US #4/3.5mm (SOCK) 32” circular needles (magic loop), 2 sets of 24” circulars or double pointed needles, or size to get gauge.
Yarn: Worsted-weight yarn that gives you proper gauge. Sample shown: Dream in Color Classy [100% Superwash Wool; 250 yd per 4 oz skein]; color: Crying Dove: 1 (2, 2) skeins. Sample is a medium which used 300 yards.
Notions: Tapestry needle, cable needle, 10 - 3/4” buttons.
I hope you enjoy the fat gauge this month. Special thanks to Lorna for test knitting and Grant Law for the photos and the Tom & Jerry recipe. (did you think I would come up with a hot, eggy drink?)
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The Socks For All Seasons Club is $14.99 and provides you with a year's worth of sock patterns:
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