Sunday, May 02, 2010

Concentric Socks

Imagine dipping your toes into a swimming pool on a warm spring day, testing the water temperature before diving in. Watch the ripples on the surface radiate outward and slowly disappear. Now imagine those ripples mirrored onto your leg. Due to the angle of the knitting, these socks are constructed without the need for a heel-flap, or a short-row heel, or an afterthought heel, or any of the conventional methods. The heel is instead shaped using increases and decreases alone. The sample was knit by changing yarns every four rounds to synthesize that rippled effect. However, self-striping yarn could easily be substituted for a similar effect.

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Materials:
Color A - Schachenmayr Nomotta Regia Cotton [41% Wool, 34% Cotton, 25% Nylon; 215yds/197m per 1.76oz/50g skein]; color: #152; one skein
Color B - Classic Elite Yarns Summer Sox Solid [40% Merino Wool, 40% Cotton, 20%
Nylon; 175yds/160m per 1.76oz/50g skein]; color: #5581; one skein
US #1/2.25mm 40-in/100cm circular needle
Tapestry needle

Finished Measurements:
Foot circumference = 8in/20cm
Foot length = Adjustable

Gauge:
30sts/46rows = 4in/10cm in stockinette stitch

3 comments:

  1. I added your Rudolph Hat project and thumbnail to our site and linked to you. We are looking for more hat patterns as well as other knitting patterns, so if you have any similar projects please feel free to let me know.

    Julia Litz
    jlitz@primecp.com
    www.AllFreeKnitting.com

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  2. Those are really cool! I've been working (forever) on a pair of crocheted socks. I admire anyone who has the patience to work with small needles or hooks and actually gets the job done. I have one sock done but it might be a year before I finish the mate--but I'm determined. Seeing beautiful work like yours is an inspiration to keep at it.

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  3. That looks AWESOME! I wish I could knit socks so that I could make cool looking ones like that! :D

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