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Pastel Candy Sock June 13, 2011

It occurred to me the other day that for as much as this blog is about knitting, I don’t really blog about what I’m knitting very much. I will confess that it is due to an equal mixture of laziness and busyness. Because, to blog about what I’m knitting means taking pictures. There are so many wonderful knitting bloggers out there who are excellent and diligent about this, some of them taking pictures of such profound beauty that it makes you think they’re wasting their talent on knitting and should become professional photographers instead. Unfortunately, I don’t fall into this category.

However, I decided to challenge myself and share a recent project known affectionately as the Pastel Candy Sock. I call it that because the yarn colors reminds me of pastel candies you get in the spring around Easter, especially the purple hued socks, and the garter chevron pattern sort of forms Ms.

Pastel Candy Sock in the large size.

Pastel Candy Sock in the small/medium size. No one near me has small feet so I couldn't have it modeled.

There are several things I love about this pattern:

1) The undulation of the garter chevron makes it fab for variegated yarns, unfortunately this doesn’t eliminate color pooling if that is the sort of thing that bothers you.

2) No Kitchener stitch toes.

3) Easy two round repeat for this awesome result.

4) Boomerang heel – my new favorite! This will be a recurring theme in all my sock patterns henceforth.

5) Did I mention no Kitchener required?

6) Stitch pattern is super easy to memorize.

7) Features a rounded toe.

8 ) You don’t see many garter stitch socks out there.

Unfortunately, I wrote the pattern for Bernat Sox yarn, which I later discovered was discontinued! Blarg! But, you can still find it on Amazon, so there’s always that option. Otherwise, the pattern can be knit to any sock that falls on the thicker side of things.

I am still finishing the final sock (the fourth) and then I will be done with the pattern and will get it posted!

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A Rant: Bernat Sox April 17, 2011

Filed under: Yarn — kniftybits @ 10:34
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There are people I knit for who do not like the feel of wool, for some of them I would even hazard mentioning the dreaded a-word – allergic. In most yarn categories a knitter can suss out man made alternatives, sure the knitting purists turn their noses up at such humble fibers, but they definitely have their place in the knitting world. The one yarn category where this doesn’t hold true is sock yarn. Finding unwooly sock yarn is the proverbial needle in a haystack endeavor.

Keeping in mind that I want traditional sock weight and am not a fan of cotton, Bernat Sox is the only sock yarn I’ve found that doesn’t have any wool. I’m not saying there aren’t more out there, but they aren’t easy to find, wherever they are. While in Britain, I asked at all three yarn shops in Ely and no one could find any.

I’ve been happily working on a fun pattern for my balls of Bernat blissfully unaware of the treachery that awaited me, until today when I went to their website and discovered Bernat Sox is DISCONTINUED! Argh!

I understand that yarns come and go, and who knows this may have been discontinued for a while now, but when it comes to the big producers – Patons, Bernat, Lion Brand, etc – I have an expectation that their yarns will be around a looooooong time! Now, I’m miffed. Irked. Annoyed. Etc.

Now that this humble yarn is off the market there seems little point in telling you what it’s like, but since I’ve knit with it (and you may still have a ball in your stash) I will share anyway. It is easy to work with, rather on the thickish side for sock yarn, but it knits up nicely with 3.25 mm needles. I haven’t found any knots in either of the balls I’ve worked with. It’s economical, one ball makes a pair of socks, and it was nicely priced, as of right now you can still get some on Amazon for less than $5, now that’s some inexpensive sock yarn.

My only complaint about the yarn is the color pooling. You have to alternate two balls if you don’t want blobs of color, maybe one of the reasons they took it off the market.

I can’t say how well it wears, maybe the socks fall apart in no time and that’s why it is off the market? I’ll report back on that.

Now, I’m on the hunt for new unitchy sock yarn, in a quick search I found On Your Toes Bamboo; does anyone have any other recommendations?