If you've seen our latest episode of What's in the Box or read our newsletter, you'll know that we have new yarn from lovely and local dyer Fibernymph Dye Works. She brought us two different kinds of self-striping sock yarns, her Inversible line, and her Bounce stripes.
Self-striping yarn is really fun to knit with because if you're easily entertained like I am, it's exciting to see the next color appear and the socks go really quickly because you're always wanting to get to the next stripe. However, they can also be tricky because the traditional heel-flap sock structure doesn't preserve the stripe sequence. In the past the solution to that was a short row heel. Recently, though, designers have given us other ideas on how to work with self-striping yarn using the afterthought heel.
I knit a pair of socks using this tutorial with Fibernymph Inversibles, reversing the colors for the heel.
Susan B. Anderson has written a comprehensive pattern, Smooth Operator Socks, with a choice of different methods to complete the toes and heels. I would recommend the pattern to those new to afterthought heels and even to knitters wanting to try a sock for the first time. I used it for the Socks that Rock Knitsburgh colorway sample.
Finally, our lovely friend Sarah Jordan has a new sock pattern, Kissing Cousins, designed specifically for self-striping yarn.