Tips and Tricks for Winning the Summer of Socks and Lace

With one week left in our Summer of Socks and Lace contest (remember, all entries are due by Sunday, September 6), some of you may be wondering how to pull out ahead and win. It’s not too late to go for a big finish. I, personally, can knit a pair of socks in a week unless I get distra…SHINY! Um, what was I saying? Anyway, I can usually knit a pair of socks in about a week, so there is time to start one more project. Here are some ideas to go for the win:

  • Choose a pattern with a knitted or picot hem, like Nutkin.   or the Leaf Lace Socks from Vogue Knitting’s The Ultimate Sock Book. For a time-saving trick, follow Melissa’s instructions for a knitted sweater hem.
  • Make a sock with a long cuff, like the foldover Puss-in-Boots cuff in Bartholomew’s Tantalizing Socks from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters. As an added bonus, the stitch pattern based on the linen stitch breaks up pooling on handpainted yarns and uses up slightly more yarn than a basic stockinette stitch.
  • Use a pattern with super yarn-eating properties like cables. We have the latest Cookie A individual patterns with all kinds of interesting cables, plus her book Sock Innovation. Or, add bobbles as frequent customer Tiffany did here in her socks from Socks Ala Carte.

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We hope this gives you some ideas!

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