Tempted by the beautiful Instagram feeds of several very talented indie yarn dyers, I recently purchased a few skeins of hand-dyed self-striping sock yarns. I’ve been intrigued and inspired by these yarns for a long time but have always been deterred by the price. I’m not normally someone who knits socks, so I was afraid that I would spend my money only to have another pretty skein in the stash.
When my knitting group announced a Christmas Sock Knit-Along, I knew that I would be trying some of the self-striping yarn I had been admiring for so long. I chose Holiday Stripe sock yarn with a red mini skein for the heels, toes and cuffs from Desert Vista Dyeworks When my yarn arrived, I plotted how I could be sure to use all of the yarn, making the absolute most of my purchase. At knitting group, Beka, who can always be counted on to have a good idea, suggested that I could knit one long tube and then cut it in half. I played with that idea and the plan for this tutorial was born.
In Part One, we’ll use a sock yarn kit to make two pairs of socks, leaving no leftovers whatsoever. In Part Two, we’ll make a single pair of socks from a different kit and I’ll introduce a new pattern for using up the leftovers. In Part Three, we’ll use a skein of yarn that did not come with a mini skein to make a pair of socks as in Part One and I’ll introduce a pattern for fingerless mitts to use the remaining knitting.
For these tutorials, I will be using a toe-up sock construction. You can work these socks from the top down if that is your preference. For Parts One and Three, we will use a true afterthought heel so it is a good idea to have experience with this technique before beginning. This tutorial is perfect for those who have knit a few pairs of socks and who are familiar with a few different toe, heel and cuff techniques.