Speckled SKYP Socks on Neko Needles
In with the new and out with the old.
As a new season begins, I always start wondering what are this season’s hottest trends, techniques, and colors in this fabulous world of knitting.
I don’t know about you but I’m seeing speckles. Not spots, speckles!! Speckled yarn is so very popular right now. As for color, it's warm colors of reds, oranges and golds. Exciting right?! Well it was for me when I came across Biscotte’s new speckled yarn called Bonfire. It’s so vibrant, beautiful and SPECKLED!! I could not wait to cast this yarn on my needles!
And to keep with the new theme I have going here I’ve decided to try these new Neko needles. Seriously don’t you love new things!! I’m not going to lie though; there was a little staring match between myself and these Nekos. I wasn’t sure what to do with these little guys.
After our stare down, I picked them up and cast on my 64 stitches. Just looking at the package you can see how it’s supposed to look.
Next, I split my stitches between two needles. Think triangle. If you put the 32 stitches you’re not working on the bend and the stitches you’re going to start knitting on the straight part of the needle you form a triangle. Then with the third needle you start knitting as normal.
I will admit at first it didn’t feel as though I had been knitting with them my whole life or anything. It took a little getting used to but I’ll be honest here, after a couple rows it started to flow. I got in the groove and they were actually really fun to use! They are on Biscotte’s website, available in multiple sizes. I recommend popping a pair in your cart next time you’re shopping online or in store. They are definitely worth trying and could be your new favorites.
So, now that we have our needles all figured out let’s talk about this sock pattern!
For the cuff I knit 1 1/2 inches of 2x2 ribbing. I usually like a nice wide cuff but I was too excited to get started on the leg portion LOL It’s amazing how easy this SKYP pattern is and how beautiful it looks! You’d think it would be more complicated.
Row 1 (K6, P2) repeat to end of round.
Row 2 (K2, SKYP, K2, P2) repeat to end of round.
SKYP ST - Slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 1 stitch, yarn over, pass slipped stitch over last 2 stitches. (1 being the knit stitch and the other being the yarn over)
And that’s it! Repeat until you’ve reached your desired length. I always knit my socks around 6 inches, including the cuff, before starting the heel. And here is what it looks like so far!
Doesn’t the SKYP stitch create a beautiful design? I love it in this color! And it’s so easy to follow and memorize so you can still binge your favorite TV show;)
As for the heel, I'm going to do the French Heel. I feel this one will flow the best with the SKYP design. The heel will be worked over 32 stitches or half of your total number of stitches. As with any sock pattern I'm knitting, I want to make sure that the front 32 unworked stitches are the same on both ends of my needle.
For example, I wouldn't want 2 purl stitches on one end and 2 knit stitches on the other end. So after looking it over, you should have 1 purl stitch on both ends. This leaves the top part of our sock completely even in pattern when we start knitting it again. I'm using a 2.5mm size needle and I have a size 8 foot. If you don't like adjusting the number of stitches to accommodate your foot size, sometimes it's just easier to use a bigger or smaller needle size.