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Archive for November 20th, 2008

Student Projects: Chippy Sock Class

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

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I taught a class of five at Yarn Garden a few weekends ago, and we knit my Chippy Socks. We had one day together and had a blast.

I always am fascinated by how the color choices of each knitter will impact the mood of the final piece. Color study is an endlessly interesting topic to me, and here you see what I am talking about.

The above photo also shows the impact of personal gauge. Everyone was using the same type of yarn (Cascade Fixation) with the exception of one (the natural greens are O-wool Balance). Fixation is an unusual yarn which takes a little getting used to, it has lycra in it which really makes it extra springy. So here you can see the tiny sock in the middle… and it is merely 4 stitches smaller than the three still on needles.

The knitter of the tiny sock just had a smaller gauge/tension with this yarn than the other knitters did. I find that this yarn when specified at 6.25 stitches/inch, can require needles from size 2 to size 6 depending on the knitter. Other yarns typically do not show that sort of variance between us, but the elastic changes things.

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In any case, I hope you enjoy the joyful color and exhuberance these photos bring to me! Happy Thursday.