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Love Stamp Socks

Sample ethnic intarsia techniques in socks inspired by postage stamps.

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These socks are designed as samplers to illustrate the intarsia-in-the-round techniques she discusses in "Traditional Techniques for Creating Ethnic Intarsia Designs" in the designer's Beyond the Basics section. Each motif calls for one of four different methods for working isolated motifs that she has identified in her study of traditional ethnic knitting. Make these socks to learn a new skill and wear them (or give them away) for fun.
Finished Size: About 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, 9)" (18 [19, 20.5, 21.5, 23] cm) around foot and about 9 1/2" (24 cm) long from back of heel to toe. Socks shown measure 7" (18 cm) around.
Yarn: Regia Sock Yarn (75% wool, 25% polyamide; 230 yd [210 m]/50 g): #2972 ecru (MC), 2 balls; #2045 chianti (dark red), #327 tanne (dark green), #2082 blatt (bright green), #2002 kirsche (bright red), and #2082 email (black), 1 ball each. Small amount of waste yarn. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.
Yarn weight: #1 - Super Fine
Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rnds = 2" (5 cm) in St st worked in the rnd on smaller needles.
Needles: Size 0 (2.0 mm) and 1 (2.5 mm): set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Fall 2003

SKU: EP0911

Author/Speaker/Editor: Priscilla Gibson-Roberts

Format: eProject