Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties.
A while back, one of the blog comments was about stranded knitting used in socks. She hesitated putting that much work into the sock then having it wear out. With that thought in mind, I started knitting a sock that had only a small amount of stranded knitting for decoration. Here it is with the cuff and leg finished. This is knit with US#2 needles using a yarn that is a bit finer than DK weight.
CUFF: Cast on 56 stitches and work a k1, p1 ribbing for 10 rounds. Note: this cuff was started using an invisible cast-on technique to give a smooth edge to the cuff. If you want instructions for doing this technique, let me know and I’ll post them for you.
LEG: The stranded knitting pattern is worked with 7 repeats per round and takes 20 rounds to complete. Here is the chart for the color-pattern repeat. Read it bottom to top, right to left.
Since stranded knitting is less flexable and draws in a bit, I chose to work a k3, p1 ribbing for the rest of the leg. Another choice would be to change to a size smaller needle. I worked 30 rounds of this ribbing in the dark red yarn.
As soon as I have the heel gusset finished, I’ll post a progress report with another photo.
Marilyn B. said:
My experience with stranded knitting in socks is that the double strands make the socks last much longer than single strand socks. I’ve only done a couple of pairs but they lasted much, much longer than the single strands.