Daily Archives: September 15, 2008

Just in time for fall

So, remember when Noro first announced that they were coming out with a sock version of their Silk Garden yarn, and you got really excited and waited and waited not very patiently all summer long for it to finally be available in stores, and then you finally got some and brought it home and petted it and only then stopped to think about what to do with it?

Okay that might actually have been me, not you. Well, if you’re me, you bought more than one skein and did this with one of them:

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Pattern: So Simple Silk Garden Socks, available here as a free download or for free on Ravelry.
Yarn: Silk Garden Sock, 300m/330yds per 100g, lamb’s wool/silk/nylon/mohair blend (1 ball).
Gauge: 24 sts over 4 inches in stockinette on 3.0mm needles
Sizing: I’ve written this up for 3 sizes, to fit a leg/foot circumference of 8, 9, and 10 inches, all of which are possible from just 1 ball of Silk Garden Sock. I made the middle size and had enough to make a swatch, complete the socks to fit my ladies Size 11 feet, and still have a little bit leftover.

If you’re making the largest size and are at all worried about running out of yarn, you can either shorten the leg by an inch or so, or substitute a short-row heel instead of the heel flap to extend your yardage. Or, for an even larger size, you could follow the pattern instructions for the S or M sizes and increase your needle size – SG Sock can handle 3.0mm-4.0mm pretty easily.

It’s a basic ribbed sock with a single cable for accent running along the outside of the foot – the ribbing and the cable add just a little bit of snugness, a teensy bit of vertical visuals to ease the sharp horizontal stripes, and keep things a little more interesting than plain stockinette. I am finding more and more that 3×1 ribbing has become my default for plain socks, more often than stockinette.

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I am definitely a fan of Silk Garden in all its guises, though I know not everyone is. Like the Noro Kureyon Sock, the Silk Garden Sock is more of a thinner version of its worsted-weight origins, than a sock yarn like the popular superwash merino softer-than-kittens sock yarns that are so ubiquitous now. (Sidebar: if lace yarn is the new sock yarn, how long before Noro delves into lace? Cash Iroha lace perhaps? Anyway…) The Silk Garden sock is also a slightly heftier yarn, and behaves more like a sport/DK than a fingering weight, so the possibilities are endless. Lightweight sweaters and scarves would be beautiful with this.

These socks took me just less than a week to finish, which also makes me a fan of this yarn – a slightly thicker sock yarn means fewer stitches and faster completion time. The socks themselves won’t be as slim and svelte as they would be on a lighter fingering weight yarn, but around these parts the fall air is starting to settle in in the evenings and I don’t mind having snuggly socks on my feet from time to time.

If you do knit up this wee pattern and have any comments or questions, please feel free to let me know! Happy knitting as always.

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