Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Week Twenty-Eight: Stacked Pears

Original intended release date: July 10, 2010. See explanatory post.

I have recovered sufficiently to pick up my knitting again, though Fabulous Hubby and Z are still a bit under the weather, poor dears. Thanks to those of you who have voted on the poll in the sidebar (and it's not too late to vote if you haven't already!) Looks like baby clothes are all right (and I've got a few things on the back burner I should pick up again), but the highest demand so far is for more gloves and mittens. It is getting to be mitt weather here in the northern hemisphere. I'll see what I can come up with!

Anyway, about this week's pattern. I've yet to really master stranded designs, but baby socks are the perfect size to perfect my technique. These have a pear (or teardrop, or raindrop, or candle flame, take your pick) motif, and would work for both boys and girls.

Teardrop Sock

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Stacked Pears is a two-color stranded design for baby socks. The socks are knit in the round from the top down with an eye-of-partridge heel.

Price: FREE.

Yarn: You will need approximately 50 yards of a sock yarn in the main color and approximately 30 yards of a sock yarn in a contrasting color for best results. I recommend that at least one of the yarns be a solid color to make the pattern pop. (Pictured: Crystal Palace Panda Silk in Pearl Blue – fingering, 1 skein / 50g / 204 yards, 52% bamboo, 43% machine washable merino wool, 5% combed silk; and Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in Pea Soup Mix – fingering, 1 skein / 100g / 433 yards, 50% Peruvian Wool, 20% Super Fine Alpaca, 30% Nylon)

Supplies:
  • 4 US size 2 double-pointed needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
Gauge: 1 inch = 8.5 sts / 11 rows in stockinette

Sizing: Finished socks will measure approximately 4.5” in circumference and approximately 4” heel to toe. They will fit most 6-12 month infants.

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