What’s New on Ravelry: Sock Edition

Welcome back to “What’s New on Ravelry”! This week, I am going to focus my pattern selections on socks. Why socks, you ask? Well, here in Portland, in conjunction with Sock Summit, this week has been declared Sock Knitting Week by the mayor of Portland.

Even if you’re not local to Portland, why not cast on a pair of socks in spirit with us? Summer is the perfect time to knit socks. They’re small, so you don’t have to deal with a lap full of wool, and they’re portable, so they’re small enough to tuck away in your overnight bag. If you’re new to knitting socks, Knit Purl has a variety of patterns for even the newest of knitters, from baby socks (perfect for getting the technique down on a smaller, quicker size) to simple adult socks (a good pattern full of clear diagrams and photos). Now, on to the new patterns!

Flocked Socks, by Sara Morris/Rose City Knits

First off, I’d like to share a new pattern, Flocked Socks.
Designed by prolific knitter/designer Sara Morris of Rose City Knits, these socks include attractive details like garter stitch ‘seams’, and a cute flocked stitch pattern. I really love how Sara takes something traditional, in this case, a traditional Norwegian stitch pattern, and makes it her own. She is so clever! Best of all, the pattern includes a range of sizes, from child to adult male! You can knit matching socks for the entire family, if they are all knit-worthy, that is.

I also would like to share a free pattern with you.

In the most recent issue of Knitty, the Bosnian Slipper Socks caught my eye. The bold, graphic colors , vikkel braid, and Bosnian toe-shaping called my name. There’s even an article about how to tension yarn using your neck! Seriously, check it out.
As I learn more about knitting, I find myself becoming more interested in wordly techniques, and learning just how many different ways there are of knitting and designing things. This Bosnian Sock could be just the thing to take your sock knitting in a different direction.
If you want to find out more about sock knitting techniques from different cultures, please read Around the World in Knitted Socks. It is truly an inspiring read, with gorgeous photography and fascinating information about all sorts of techniques for knitting socks. It’s a must-read for any knitter!
Whether you are attending Sock Summit or not, I hope this post has you inspired and ready to cast on a pair of socks for the summer! Please let me know if there are any sock patterns you are wild about. Thanks for reading!

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July 25, 2011 by Oleya
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