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January 14th, 2013

Great Socks!!

I have no idea who said it first, but it seems to be the grand consensus that sock yarn does not really count as stash. And it is a good thing. Because most knitters that I know have a large stash of sock yarn. Myself included (we are talking personal stash I keep under the bed, not inventory). There is something wonderful about 400 or so yards of beautiful, beautiful fingering weight yarn that is such a treasure. Hand knit socks somehow transcend current fashion trends for knitters. Vibrant colorways and elaborate patterns are the norm. But, I am preaching to the choir here, right?

I have to let you in on a secret… I am not a big fan of most sock patterns. It is not that I do not find them beautiful. For what ever reason, I lost the sock knitting love years ago, despite love love loving to dye sock yarns. And truth be told, when I do make socks, I make really boring plain socks. Maybe it is because I am a hand dyer and want to showcase my yarn. I really just like a methodical plain sock pattern. I have written a sock pattern formula that is based on the very first sock pattern I ever used. It is good for any size yarn and is a fool proof super basic pattern. I have just posted it to Ravelry here. It is a free download.

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