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Archive for February 15th, 2004

My Pattern is Official

Sunday, February 15th, 2004

It’s Official: the preview of Dawn Brocco’s Heels and Toes Gazette is up. The pattern several of you have been asking for is going to be published in her March/spring issue. It is the pattern for my Turkish-style sock knit in my ColorJoy yarn. I’m busy preparing for a dye day to create more of this yarn, in anticipation for those who will want to knit the sock in the original colorway or perhaps a different colorway of the same yarn.

Here is a picture of the sock flat. The preview page shows it on a foot mannequin so you can see it in a different shape.

An interesting point: The yarn I have been selling as Cushy ColorSport was sold to me as a sport weight yarn by the manufacturer. However, Dawn is really good at finding inconsistent classifications of yarn. This yarn, when measured by wraps per inch, yards per pound and gauge when knit into a satisfying sock fabric, is clearly coming out as a DK weight. Wowie. So ColorSport is not really sport at all. That is a mess for me, but I’ll figure something out. ColorDK just doesn’t have a ring to it at all!!! In any case, it makes a wonderful cushy sock, without having to knit as many stitches as a fingering yarn would require. And a small size takes only one skein… a medium would come out of one skein with a slightly shorter cuff. Not bad for a thicker yarn, I’d say.

If you don’t subscribe to the Heels and Toes Gazette yet you love to knit socks, do consider a subscription. Dawn is a very observant and detail-oriented designer and editor, and she is a delight to work with. She did an issue several years ago which detailed some peasant/afterthought heels in her signature star-toe/heel. I knit socks from that pattern about a year ago, which turned out beautifully.

This current issue also has a sock designed by Bonnie Franz who publishes another small sock publication called Stranded (focused on stranded colorwork/fairisle knitting). Her pattern here is one-color lace, rather than a colorwork design. Do check it out.