These beautifully colored toe-up socks for my daughter (pattern is “Spice Man” by Yarnissima) have sweetened my evenings during the past couple of days. They are so easy to knit, and the pretty stripes in girly colors are just the thing to relax after a day of carrying boxes, unpacking, painting walls and cleaning up after the handymen that are crowding or house these days. Although the yarn is self-patterning (Zitron “Trekking XXL”, color 550), I have managed to make two socks that are exactly the same, using a little trick my grandma once told me (it is so simple that I am almost embarrassed to write it down, but I will do it anyway since I was not able to figure it out myself at the time!).
Industrially produced self-patterning yarn invariably has a repeat somewhere. Looking at my first sock, I could see where the colors from the toe of my sock started again (see the arrow). I finished the sock before the next pattern repeat was over, so I just wound the yarn from the ball until the pattern repeat starts again. It’s where the yellow stops and the orange begins, and that’s what I cast my next sock on with.
The disadvantage of this is of course that there is this tiny ball of unused yarn that will not be knit into this pair of socks. But I knew that I would use less than the entire skein for a pair of children’s socks, so I was okay with that. Also, scraps of colorful yarn have lots of uses in this house, that’s for sure!