|Sweet Maize Anklets by Kirsten Kapur|
A note from Kathleen: The Fall 2011 issue of Sockupied is here! It's full of good stuff for sock knitters, as you would expect. You'll love the new patterns, insider info about designers, tips and tricks, and the video tutorials, too!
The pattern that immediately caught my eye is Sweet Maize Anklets by Kirsten Kapur. The description of Sweet Maize Anklets says, "When the corn is as high as an elephant's eye, you'll reach for these breezy short anklets. These summery socks, made from a single skein of luxurious yarn, are perfect for warm-weather knitting and wearing. With just a hint of lace, these anklets are worked from toe to cuff with a short-row heel. The stitch patterns reflect quintessential summer plants—delicate 'rosebuds' frame a center panel of 'corn stalks.'"
I wear anklets all the time and I love knitting them; because my feet are short I can get two anklets out of a single 220-yard skein of sock yarn! Love it.
Sockupied editor Anne Merrow has much more to tell you about the new issue. Here she is!
One of my favorite things about knitting socks is that it's so clever.
Knitters have been making fabric to cover the peculiar shape of the foot for ages. Many of us still enjoy the wide-eyed looks from non-knitters as a sock takes shape on the needles, but the real pleasure comes from figuring out how to make your socks your way.
In the second part of her series on turning socks upside down, Chrissy Gardiner shows you how to convert stitch patterns in order to work a sock in the opposite direction from the way the designer originally created it. Besides changing cast-ons to bind-offs (and vice versa), a sock knitter working upside down may need to tweak cables, lace, or other motifs to make them look the same when turned on their heads.
|Chrissy Gardiner gives a wonderful in-depth lesson about reversing charts so you can work a pattern toe-up or top-down.|
Chrissy explains how to turn the tables without standing on your head—and her sock design in this issue, the Caret + Chevron Socks, includes directions for working from either the toe or the cuff. (There's no rule that this is only for socks, either—you can use Chrissy's directions to turn a sweater top-down or work mittens from your fingertips to your elbows.)
|Ann says her own wardrobe tends toward the wide varieties of "the color of mud," except for her socks (above), which are wild adventures of texture and color.|
Designer Spotlight: Ann Budd
Ann Budd, this issue's featured designer, prefers classic construction in her handknitted socks, but she shares her favorite tips and tricks for a better fit. Try them as you knit her pattern in this issue, the Gansey Clock Socks, or on any sock your heart (or foot) desires.
On the Mend
Ann wears handknitted socks any day the temperature drops below 70°F, so even though she has a whole drawerful, they do sometimes thin.
Darning elicits a lot of groans from sock knitters—how could something called "darn" sound appealing? It may not sound like as much fun as trying out a brand new heel or stitch pattern with a fresh skein of yarn, but repairing holes in socks is a pretty clever task, too, whether you opt to build a woven framework over a hole or reknit fabric invisibly. (What could be cleverer than bringing an old pair of socks back to life?)
In the pages of the brand-new issue of Sockupied, you'll find plenty of ideas that will help you make socks smarter.