Thursday, April 01, 2010

Spaghetti Season

AKA April Fool's! Check out my new (real, no joke) pattern inspired by trickery:

April Fools

April Fool’s Day is observed everywhere. No one really knows where or when it started. My favorite pranks involve trying to get people to believe ridiculous things. One such gag was orchestrated by the BBC in 1957 regarding a bumper crop of spaghetti trees. Check out the full story here:

That's the backstory. Now, let me tell you about the socks.

These socks are both really simple and really unusual. The prank here is that a simple pair of socks emerge in the strangest fashion. Because the pair is knit all at once, there will be no second sock syndrome... And if you can’t bear cutting the socks open, you can always wear your creation as a cowl!

April Fools

This is a pattern for multiple gauges/sizes!

Foot circumference:
7 (8, 9, 10) inches 17.5 (20, 23, 25.5 cm) unstretched. Will stretch to fit 8 (9, 10, 11) inches 20 (23, 25.5, 28 cm).

Sizes: This pattern is written for four sizes: (See foot circumference to determine best size) Women’s Small (Women’s Medium/Men’s Small, Women’s Large/Men’s Medium, Men’s Large)

Yarn: Any Fingering, Sport or DK weight yarn that gives you proper gauge.

Yardage Requirement Chart: (approx.)

Women’s Small: 350
Women’s Medium/Men’s Small: 375
Women’s Large/Men’s Medium: 400
Men’s Large: 425

Women’s Small: 275
Women’s Medium/Men’s Small: 300
Women’s Large/Men’s Medium: 325
Men’s Large: 350

Women’s Small: 250
Women’s Medium/Men’s Small: 275
Women’s Large/Men’s Medium: 300
Men’s Large: 325

You’ll also need waste yarn in the same thickness in a contrasting color, 4 yards.

Notions: Scissors, Tapestry needle, and (optional) a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

April Fools

Gauge: This pattern is written for four different gauges:

9 sts = 1” - US 0 (2 mm)
8 sts = 1” - US 1 (2.25 mm)

7 sts = 1” - US 2 (2.75 mm)

6 sts = 1” - US 3 (3.25 mm)

Needles: 1 set of 32” circular needles (magic loop) OR 2 sets of 24” circulars (two circulars) OR double pointed needles.

April Fools

NOTES: This intermediate sock pattern is worked from the toe up. The technique is unusual, but it is not too hard. The toe is worked, then the short-row heel, the leg, the cuff, a few rounds of waste yarn are worked, then another cuff, leg, heel and toe. This produces a two-ended sock which will be cut open at the section with the waste yarn. Live stitches are picked up and bound off. This technique produces a pair of socks knit as one piece.

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Unknown said...

that picture of you in the sock cowl is so majestic and defiant - i imagine an appropriate caption reading something like "local crafty designer represents self in boffo supreme court case"

Alex said...

Star, you so wacky.

The Knitwit Hues said...

ROTFL! I will have to come back and read the REAL portion of this post later. I'm just loving the April fools prank so much. Thank you for posting it! xoxo

Star said...

Thanks for the kind words! I especially love the majestic and defiant identity. :-)

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

I love these socks! They will be a fun knit, for sure.

Owl Chick said...

I love it; what a great idea!

Your imagination is marvelous. Every time I think there is no new way to make a sock, you and other designers like you come up with something completely different!