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New Free Pattern: Cubist Socks by Cookie A!

May 28, 2010
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I met Cookie A at Sock Summit and a gracious stranger took our picture.  

We're so thrilled to be able to offer you a brand new sock pattern by Cookie A, brilliant sock designer and the author of the book Sock Innovation! Her new design, Cubist Socks, brings you one more of Cookie's amazing stitch patterns; she excels at making knit and purl stitches work with each other in a dance of ripples, cables, lace, zigzag, and much more.

Her Cubist Socks continue that tradition, and guess what? Cookie is here to introduce her new pattern and show you what's special about it. She's also issuing a special invitation to you to attend a fantastic knitting event, Knit Nation.

Welcome, Cookie!

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Cookie A's Cubist Socks  

Cubist Socks

Greetings, Knitting Daily readers! As many of you know, sock knitting is as popular as ever and I'm excited to share the Cubist Sock pattern with you.

The design behind these socks was influenced by my love for all things cube-like including Picasso, Cubism, and tessellations. The pattern features stylized textured "3D" cubes using a combination of garter stitch, decreases, and yarnover increases.

Like many of the sock patterns from Sock Innovation, the basic pattern unit repeats all over in a tessellating fashion with special treatment for the cuff and heel. The cuff smoothly transitions from a rib into pattern, and the pattern continues partially onto the heel to transition to a standard slipped stitch commonly used to increase heel durability.

What I love about these socks is that the stitchwork is pretty simple—just knits, purls, yarnovers and decreases-and it looks great in multicolored yarns. If you're like me, you have a lot of variegated sock yarn in your stash!

The yarn I used for this pattern is special though. It came about after some back and forth discussion with Rhichard Devrieze of Koigu, one of my favorite artisanal yarn dyers. The stipled technique that creates the speckled colors is beautiful and works well with the simple garter lace pattern. The colors remind me of some of Picasso's paintings.

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Sketching the pattern for a sock can help you think through the different pieces and transitions. This was drawn in the following order: 1) Main shape drawn and tiled. 2) Texture (garter stitch) filled in, increases and decreases added to create shape. 3) Ribbing and transition between ribbing and main pattern filled in. Voila!  
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Join the Knit Nation!

If you'd like to learn more about designing your own socks, I teach intensive sock design workshops including several sessions at the upcoming Knit Nation event in London, England.

That's right, London! What could be more fun than traveling to the UK for a knitting holiday?

Knit Nation is a knitting and spinning expo that will take place in London, England on July 29-31. There will be yarn, classes, fiber, and festivities including a Ravelry talk and party.

Centrally located at the Royal College next door to the renowned Victoria and Albert Museum, you can absorb the sites of London between classes, indulge in some yarn shopping; and search for the perfect skein of Wollmeise. I'll be joined by esteemed instructors including Nancy Bush, Judith Mackenzie McCuin, and Shirley Paden.

Please come join us! You can read more information at the Knit Nation website and see the full class list.

And I hope you enjoy these socks. They're a perfect example of the techniques illustrated in Sock Innovation, too!

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paburk50 wrote
on Mar 29, 2014 2:18 PM

The designer has had the foresight to remedy this problem  Thank you Cookie.  

paburk50 wrote
on Mar 29, 2014 2:04 PM

There should be a special link to access the free sock pattern or a code to access it.  It is ridiculous that someone should pay full price for an issue of Sockupied and not be able to access all of its features.  I certainly can understand that a designer doesn't want to offer a free design forever for one of her sock patterns but make it so that it is not available to everyone but to those people who PAID money for the issue of Sockupied.  I agree with the last 2 posters, I am very disappointed.  Interweave should remedy this.  

jcadiram wrote
on Jul 25, 2013 5:48 AM

I'm disappointed that even though I bought a copy of Sockupied I am disallowed from accessing this pattern. I don't understand why the pattern is not left as free for people who bought Sockupied.

on Dec 27, 2010 12:36 PM

why stop the download!?  I bought Sockupied after the deadline, and really wish I could still access this pattern!

LindaC@146 wrote
on Aug 23, 2010 8:46 AM

I'm confused.  How do I get from the cuff chart to the leg chart?  I have 2 extra stitches.  I'd appreciate some help.

Linda in Fort Worth

ColleenR@6 wrote
on Aug 1, 2010 8:00 PM

I have a question about the stitch count on page 3. If I start with 64 and after decreasing for the gusset, I have 66, where do I get the 72 stitches needed for the foot decrease, especially if I am to follow the chart which only has 33 stitches on it. Help!


on Jul 15, 2010 4:13 PM

Re: Cubist Sock -- I am almost finished with the second sock and I love, love, love this pattern.  I do have a question though about the stitch count on page 3, after the gusset decreases are finished. It looks like a typo but please clarify for me.  If I end with 66 stitches, then how do I get to 72 stitches for the foot - 36 top of foot (pattern graph is only 33 stitches) and 36 sole stitches.  I know how to increase but this just did not seem right.  Happy Socking - Audri TeaGarden