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The Ultimate Kettle Sock

Wyndlestraw Designs
August 2009
Knit Picks Stroll Kettle-Dyed Yarn
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
9.5 stitches and 14 rows = 1 inch in Slip Stitch Rib
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
350 - 400 yards (320 - 366 m)
S / M / L
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Kettle-dyed yarns are wonderful for adding texture and interest to your knitting. They have recently attracted a lot of interest and are now available from many independent and commercial dyers. However, they have a high degree of variability, so that even within the same dye-lot one skein can be very different from another. This is, of course, part of their charm and character, but it does mean that when you are making a pair of socks one can look a completely different shade from the other.

In addition, pooling and irregular zebra striping can be a problem for both kettle-dyed & space-dyed yarns. This pattern is designed to reduce these effects while still allowing the beauty of the yarns to shine through.

The pattern is written generically so you can adapt the pattern to the sock yarns you have on hand and is written with full line-by-line instructions as well as advanced notes & toe decrease charts.

See my blog entry “Spiralling Away”, Aug 2009 for further information on using multiple balls of yarn within one project.

© Moira Ravenscroft, 2014

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