The lure of multi-colour sock yarn

Basic gusset heel socks in Studioloo Bootsie (elephantgirl)

Basic gusset heel socks in Studioloo Bootsie (elephantgirl)

I just finished these socks in my favourite basic sock pattern, gusset heel basic socks by Wendy Johnson. They were made from impulsively purchased Studioloo Bootsie (yarn spun and dyed by a local artist) in elephantgirl. I loved watching the colours materialize, although I did hope they would pool a little more organically. Admittedly, the stockinette got a little tedious, but I’m a dedicated sock knitter. There’s something very satisfying about wearing a handmade pair, especially in this unseasonably cold and wet weather.

_AWN3315Whenever I drop in to a yarn store without a specific project in mind, I’m inevitably drawn to yarn like this; there’s something irresistible about the skeins of soft, gorgeous, striped, multi-coloured sock yarn.  Nearly every impulse purchase in my stash is a single skein of sock yarn in several saturated hues.

The problem (other than the obvious cost): what to do with them?  When I buy them, I tell myself I will find a choose a challenging new sock pattern, but in reality, most textures look muddy in multi-coloured yarn.  There are some rare exceptions, like Cookie A’s fab wedge socks, but there’s only so many pairs of those I can make.  And so I have a number of flat socks and an even larger number of gorgeous, unused stashed skeins.  What are your favourite patterns for multi-coloured sock yarn? I’d love to hear your suggestions for this part of my stash!

Some of my sock stash: (left to right) Studioloo Bootsie in Birthday Cake, Cascade Heritage Paints in Wild Roses and stashed yarn of unknown origins

Some of my sock stash: (left to right) Studioloo Bootsie in Birthday Cake, Cascade Heritage Paints in Wild Roses and stashed yarn of unknown origins

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6 thoughts on “The lure of multi-colour sock yarn

  1. Jenn

    Ohh, I love the colors! I gravitate towards sock yarn too. I use it to make hats, shawls and mitts. Wingspan and Ishbel are next on my list.

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  2. Kowareta

    I adore multi-coloured sock yarn, I can definitely relate to your dilemma. I tend to stash them, admire them and wonder what I can do to show them off. I have yet to try socks, there’s something about walking on hours of work that makes me whimper.
    I recently found a lovely mitt pattern that’s simple, fitted and not bulky. The pattern was made using a lovely multi-coloured yarn which inspired me to finally put some of mine to good use. I just completed my own set. Here’s the pattern I found: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/firecracker-gloves

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