Monday, 24 August 2015

Siccar Point socks

Siccar Point socks, in Sirdar Heart and Sole
Pattern by Helena Callum, published in Knit Now magazine, August 2015

My latest pattern, for a pair of cuff-down socks, is to be published in Issue 51 (August 2015) of Knit Now magazine. The issue will be on sale in supermarkets, newsagents and craft stores. And you can subscribe, or buy a single issue from the shop, via the publisher's sales website

These are are, in essence, simple top-down 2 × 2 ribbed socks, with the ribbing all around the leg and on the top of the foot. The difference is that here six alternative versions of the 2 × 2 rib pattern are included. One of the six patterns is chosen at each colour change in the self-striping yarn - the decision about which one of the six to use is made by rolling a die.

The socks are worked in the round, from cuff to toe. There are three sizes in the pattern, designed to fit shoe sizes from 35 to 43 with negative ease.

Small (Medium, Large)

32 sts × 48 rows = 10cm measured over St st

Sirdar Heart and Sole 410m per 100g ball (75% wool, 25% nylon)
1 (1, 1) ball in Skippy (0050)

  • 2.25 mm (US 1) dpns or two circulars, or size needed to obtain correct tension / gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Six sided die or dice-roller app

  • The socks shown are in the largest size, the stripes will be wider on the smaller sizes.
  • The sequence of patterns used in the socks shown here is:
  • If the stitch and working yarn are different colours and you find yourself working anything other than a knit st, stop and check, as something has probably gone wrong.
  • In pattern Rib 4, strand the working yarn very loosely across the slipped stitches so that the rib remains stretchy. Keeping the stitches on the RH needle well-spaced will help to keep the strands loose.

Roll again!
  • If the result would give more than two consecutive stripes in same rib pattern - roll again!
  • If you just don’t feel like working the selected rib pattern - roll again!

I first read about random knitting in 1987, in an article in New Scientist, which I tore out of the magazine and saved carefully for 25 years.

This is the link for the Siccar Point Socks ravelry pattern page (login required). Enjoy!!

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