Monday, October 1, 2012

NEW PATTERN: Honeycomb Socks


Every now and again you pick up a skein of yarn that TELLS you what it should become.

This pattern was created to satisfy the demands of a beautiful golden skein of fingering weight Claudia Hand Painted Yarns that absolutely insisted upon a honeycomb pattern. I love the very subtle variations from pale cream to medium gold, and especially that it's low contrast enough to not distract from the texture of the fabric.

The pattern is worked from the top down, starting with a 2x2 ribbing which flows perfectly into the hexagonal pattern and drips down through the leg into the heel. The honeycomb pattern continues across the top of the foot with a stockinette stitch sole, finishing in a wedge toe.

The honeycomb shape itself is created by a pair of cables which is repeated every 6th row, and interspersed with a simple knit, purl combinations which creates a slight ribbing effect, giving the fabric a medium density and nice degree of cushy-ness.

Because the cable is a simple 2-stitch cable, it's the perfect size for learning to knit cables without a cable needle.  If you have never learned this technique- this is a great pattern to give it a try. Trust me, once you figure it out- you'll never go back to fumbling about with extra needles!  I've included my own written directions for how to perform the cables without a cable needle and also included links to video references on the technique.

Honeycomb Socks Pattern
Sizes Available: Child Large, Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large
PDF Download  $3.00

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