I don’t know about you, but I’ve still got socks on the brain. They are possibly my favorite project to work on when I’m looking for something easy, portable and fun. But, sometimes having a million plain socks gets boring, so sometimes I mix it up, and use self-striping sock yarn. Lots of brands carry self-striping sock yarn, and when you buy it, it just looks like regular variegated sock yarn (except that the label will have the word “stripe” on it…duh):
But, when you knit your socks, you magically end up with beautifully striped socks with absolutely no effort on your part!
Pretty awesome, right?
So, how do they do it? Basically the yarn company figures out how much yarn the average knitter uses for every row when she makes her socks. Then, they dye the yarn in row-long increments, so that each row is a different color. So, for example, if it takes 1 yard of yarn to knit 1 row, they might dye the yarn sow that 5 yards are blue, then 5 yards are green. This means that in the finished sock, you will end up with a 5 row stripe of blue followed by a 5 row stripe of green. Pretty clever!