Teeter Totter by Kim Swingle

Teeter Totter

Knitting
December 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
260 - 420 yards (238 - 384 m)
Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
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This pattern was designed for highly variegated colorways where the colors tend to pool together when knit in a more basic stockinette or ribbed pattern.

I love the simple elegance and comfort of a basic ribbed sock…but I am not a fan of pooling. So my aim with this pattern was to design a ribbed pattern that could break up the pooling of colors while keeping with the simplicity of the ribbing.

Pattern includes both charted and written instructions, and is written in 4 sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large - approximate yarn required is 260yd (235m), 300yd (275m), 360yd (330m) and 420yd (385m) respectively.

Techniques used:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit/Purl
  • Increases (yo)
  • Decreases (k2tog, ssk)
  • Slipping stitches
  • Picking up stitches
  • Grafting/Kitchener Stitch

The number of colors and more importantly, the distance between the colors, can vary significantly within each individual skein of variegated yarn.

For some colorways, working the pattern as written will be all you will need to break up the pooling. For others, you may need to play around with the position and frequency of the slipped stitches and see what works best for your particular colorway.

A special thank you to my test knitters, Josée, Katharine, and Nancy, for all their time and efforts on working with this pattern.