Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Burning Stripes sock pattern for sale

Version 4 is ready!

After hours of editing and revising and help from my wonderful tech editor, Amy, I've posted the revised version of the Burning Stripes sock pattern. These socks have tricky details which are actually quite easy to execute. In fact, the design represents my solution to the problems I had knitting striped socks.

What you see is a jazzy striped sock with multi-colored stripes and an interesting heel.

Knitting one is not as difficult as it might look. With the right yarn and this pattern, these socks are very easy to knit. I've spent the time finding that these colorways work together, developing an easy and attractive way of carrying the unused yarn, and adapting a boomerang heel to incorporate the stripes. In fact, this may be the only pattern which includes instructions for a boomerang heel with yarn overs.

The instructions are for knitting from the cuff of the sock down to the toe. However, the boomerang heel is a short-row heel design which will allow a knitter who is familiar with toe-up construction to knit these socks from the toe up to the cuff. Those interested in toe-up socks should look at my Daylong sock pattern. It includes a toe-up version that uses the same boomerang heel as the Burning Stripes pattern.

I hope this pattern will make knitting these socks fun and easy and encourage knitters to try a boomerang heel. The pattern offers 3 sizes and suggestions on improving fit. Detailed heel instructions, including a section on knitting a boomerang heel, are included in the pattern. Due to these improvements, the price is now $5.99.

I'm so excited!

Here's the link to the Ravelry pattern page: Burning Stripes socks on Ravelry)

I am in the process of revising all my patterns and would love to receive any information that might improve them.  Please Contact me with any questions, problems, or comments. 

Thank you for all the support and patronage through these years.  (revised 7/16/13)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Burning Stripes socks, 2nd pair

Nearly three months after falling into sock design, I finished the pair that inspired the Burning Stripes pattern.

I intended to rip out the first sock, since it was victim to the experimentation and mistakes that go along with pattern development. However, the yarn had other ideas. Zauberball is a fuzzy single that sticks to itself too much to allow easy ripping. After struggling to rip out an inch of the toe, I gave up and reknit the toe tip with a bit of orange yarn I had leftover from the other pair.

I liked that effect enough to repeat it in the second sock. Using the ivory in the long toe I chose for this sock inevitably leads to the toe tip being darker, giving it a dirty look. The toe in this pair is a bit longer than the striped toe of the other pair, making these socks fit more loosely than the first pair. I'm happy enough with these socks to gift them. The recipient needs a larger sock than I do. It's good they worked out, since I wouldn't really want another pair so similar to the one I finished last month.

As I knit the second sock, I referred frequently to the pattern to check it. The first thing I noticed is that the 3x1 ribbing in the cuff is tighter than a 1x1 ribbing or a 2x2 ribbing would be, especially since this version has a longer cuff. (I later decided it is longer than necessary and used a shorter cuff in the pattern.) Those who bought the pattern should plan to cast on more stitches if they need a wider cuff. I'd suggest changing the type of ribbing, but I haven't tried any others yet. I really like this cuff with the sock--it looks so much like stockinette and blends the cuff nicely with the leg. If the wider cuff turns out to be too large in the ankle, the stockinette pattern makes it easy enough to decrease stitches in the leg. I'd pair the decreases on either side of the seam line.

I concentrated on the heel instructions while finishing up this pair, trying to work up a pattern addendum. As we drove through the Texas hill country last week to admire the wildflowers, I was taking pictures and worrying about this heel.

Even the abundant bluebonnets and indian paintbrushes didn't distract me.

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