What can you do with a single skein of yarn besides make a pair of
socks? Quite a lot, according to knitting specialist Judith Durant, who
proves her case with 101 patterns for hats, gloves, fingerless mitts,
scarves, small shawls, kids, doll clothes, bags, and numerous small
Included are helpful tables
and references, such as a list of yearly meteor showers and a directory
of meteorite dealers.
patterns in this book come from 75 separate designers who have found
creative uses for sock yarn. Each pattern is accompanied by at least
one color photograph, yarn and needle suggestions, and supply
Charts are included for the more detailed patterns, but most
require little more than basic knitting skills.
Each pattern contains a
legend for the symbols used. A back-of-the-book glossary
explains how to do some of the increases, decreases, and crossed
|What is Sock Yarn?
the most basic level, it's exactly what the name implies: yarn to knit
socks with. While socks can be knit with finer yarns and heavier yarns,
"sock yarn" most commonly refers to yarn that knits up between 6 1/2
and 8 stitches per inch. But it's also much more than that.
"Most yarn shops have an
area reserved "solely" for sock yarn. There you'll find yarn that's
been kettle-dyed, hand-dyed, and handpainted. You'll see solids,
heathers, and self-patterning yarn ranging from bold stripes to
intricate jacquards. Sock yarns are made from combinations of wool,
cotton, alpaca, silk, bamboo, soy -- even possum! -- often with a but
of nylon added for extra strength. They come in skeins, balls, and
pre-knitted sheets. And of course, sock yarn is available in at least a
yarn is obviously best for socks, but its lightweight strength and
softness make it a good match for making everything from baby knits
to mittens, scarves, and shawls. This versatility is the main
reason why sock yarn is such a popular category of yarn on the market.
Among the projects included in this collection are a child's
sweater, a shawl or scarf for special event, tote bags, fingerless
gloves, lampshades, and laptop covers.
Kitten Curled Up with Ball
of Yarn as It Sleeps