Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mosaic socks

With this cold, snowy winter we've been having I got a hankering to knit up a pair of mosaic socks. They are much warmer than normal handknit socks because of the denseness of the fabric caused by using two colors.  A pair of socks knit in mosaic are much more comfortable than a pair knit in stranded knitting - no loose pieces of yarn to get your tootsies caught in. Once you figure out the technique they aren't difficult to knit but it is necessary to have the chart nearby for reference at all times.

This particular mosaic pattern necessitated an adjustment in my normal stitch count. I knit an uneven amount of stitches on the front and back of the foot and then increased the number to an equal amount after knitting the heel so the pattern could be continued in the round.

A hand dyed sock blank was used for the background color. Blanks are unpredictable in color and this sock blank was no exception. In the end I still like the mismatched socks and will wear them often.

Pattern: Vanilla Sock whit a Fish Lip Kiss Heel, Mosaic Pattern from Barbara Walker's Mosaic Knitting
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn and Knit Picks Bare Stroll Sock Blank
Colorway: Denim Blue and hand Dyed yarn
Amount: less than a skein each colorway
Needle Size: US Size 1

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