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Old 02-20-2007, 11:32 PM   #1
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What Pattern for Self-Striping Sock Yarn?
Hi y'all!

Well, I finished my second pair of socks tonight, so naturally I'm ready to start my third pair.

Here's the thing. I don't know if there's any "rule of thumb" regarding what kind of pattern you should do with self-striping yarn.

I know that some patterns (i.e. cables) get lost in the color variation, so that's a concern to me.

Here's the yarn I plan to use:



What do you recommend? BTW, I have the SKS book. I would love to try a pattern from this book, but I'm open to suggestions that aren't in this book.

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Old 02-20-2007, 11:34 PM   #2
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Try "Sensational Knitted Socks" by Charlene Schurch - it has patterns that work well with variegated yarns. Personally, I like a baby cable rib or a ripple stitch.
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Originally Posted by psammeadred
Try "Sensational Knitted Socks" by Charlene Schurch - it has patterns that work well with variegated yarns. Personally, I like a baby cable rib or a ripple stitch.
Actually, that's the book I referred to in my post.

The yarn is not variegated. It's self-striping. I'm not sure how a cable pattern will show up with it. I hate to do all of that work and the cables get lost.

Call me one of the rare women without a lick of fashion sense. (I fully expect to be on "What Not To Wear" one day. )
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There's a whole section in the SKS book for chevron patterns with self-striping yarns, which are pretty cool.
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Originally Posted by CateKnits
There's a whole section in the SKS book for chevron patterns with self-striping yarns, which are pretty cool.
I did look at that page quite a while. Do you think I could do a different kind of heel, though? I'm not sure what makes that heel so special.

(Can you tell I don't think outside of the box much?? Too scared to "freelance.")
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I have my book tucked away somewhere, so I don't know what heel it uses. If it's a short row (the afterthought or whichever), that's probably so it doesn't interrupt the striping pattern. You could use a heel flap if you don't care, though. I used a heel flap on my first two pairs of self-striping and it didn't bother me.
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Originally Posted by CateKnits
I have my book tucked away somewhere, so I don't know what heel it uses. If it's a short row (the afterthought or whichever), that's probably so it doesn't interrupt the striping pattern. You could use a heel flap if you don't care, though. I used a heel flap on my first two pairs of self-striping and it didn't bother me.
It's the forethought heel. But now I understand why you would use that heel. I guess it allows the heel to stand out because you're using a solid color in that area?

Hmmm...I should probably just go for it. After all, this is all about learning new skills along with creating something fun to wear.

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A heel flap with self striping yarn ends up like this:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ad.php?id=7930
which is not the neatest looking thing in the world, but it doesn't bother me.
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Originally Posted by CateKnits
A heel flap with self striping yarn ends up like this:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting...ad.php?id=7930
which is not the neatest looking thing in the world, but it doesn't bother me.
Hmmm...not bad. Those are cute!
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Thanks! I lost one when I moved. I'll have to make another. This is probably why I save all my leftover sock yarn bits.
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