Roll the Bones
Roll the bones: Cast dice, especially in the game of craps.
Knucklebones, or Jacks: A game of very ancient origin, played with five small objects, originally the “knucklebones” of a sheep, which are thrown up and caught in various ways.
This pattern is Stage 3 of the 2014 Tour de Sock event.
Tossing the dice
The stranded pattern is created by combining ten-stitch-square charts. Assemble paper cubes and “roll the dice” to generate a random pattern, choose pattern squares by rolling dice or using a dice-rolling simulator, or arrange the square charts to invent your own pattern. Ready-to-knit charts are included in the pattern as well.
Ankle circumference and yardage required for each color
small 7.25” (medium 7.75”, large 8.5”, extra large 9”)
Dark color yarn: 225 (250, 275, 300) yards
Light color yarn: 150 (160, 170, 180) yards
Solid or tonal colors of high contrast recommended.
NOTE: The pattern has 17 pages but most are additional charts to choose from; look it over and print only the pages you need (approximately 8-9).
Extra tools for assembling pattern cubes
Assembling pattern cubes is optional but fun. You’ll need printer and paper, a rubber band, scissors and tape, clear packing tape or contact paper. Highlighter tape is helpful for reading charts.
What to know before you begin
Stranded knitting, basic cuff-down sock construction, working in the round on double point or circular needles, and reading charts. Here are some helpful tutorials (also included in pattern):
Stranded knitting and wrapping floats
Socks are worked cuff to toe with stranded knitting in dark and light colors. Length is adjustable for the leg and foot. Standard heel flap and turn. Gusset decreases are placed at lower sides and sole of sock foot. Wedge toe shaping and Kitchener grafting to close toe.