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Unisex colourblock socks Novita Venla

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Simple as they are, these colorblock socks can be quite striking. Use one or two contrasting colours - or even more, if you're not into matching socks! Make up your mind as you go, thanks to the afterthought heel.
Magazine Novita Syksy 2019 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 37
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N031937
Pattern details
Size
Shoe size 36/37(38/39)40/42(43/45) (EUR)

Yarn demand
Novita Venla
- Women's socks: main colour (505) Apple Blossom 100 g,
contrast colour 1 (cuff and toes) (285) Saffron <50 g and
contrast colour 2 (heel) (539) Willowherb <50 g
- Men's socks: main colour (010) Off White 100 g,
contrast colour (cuff, heel and toes) (499) Charcoal <50 g

Needles and other supplies
Double-pointed needles
Novita 2½ mm (UK 12½ / US 1½) or size needed to obtain gauge

Designer
Sari Nordlund

Details

Using contrast colour (CC) cast on 56(60)68(72) sts and divide them onto four needles, 14(15)17(18) sts each. Work ribbing in the round for 2,5 cm. Break yarn and continue with main colour (MC). Work stockinette st in the round until the piece measures 15(15)17(17) cm or as desired.

Mark the spot for the afterthought heel: work the first 28(30)34(36) sts using a different-coloured yarn. Knit the sts again using MC. Work stockinette st until the foot measures 15(16)16,5(17,5) cm or 8(9)10(11) cm less than desired length. Break yarn and continue with CC.

Top decreases: at the beginning of needles I and III, k1, k2tog; at the end of needles II and IV, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over), k1. Repeat the decreases every 2nd round 7(8)9(10) more times = 24(24)28(28) sts.

Redistribute the sts onto two needles, 12(12)14(14) sts each on instep and sole. Graft the sts together.

Afterthought heel: Remove the scrap yarn. Pick up and knit the sts on the top and bottom edges of the heel opening and 2 sts from both sides = 60(64)72(76) sts. Divide the sts onto four needles, with the beginning of round between the 2 additional sts at one of the sides = 15(16)18(19) sts per needle and 30(32)36(38) sts on both sides. Knit 1 round using CC.

Begin decreases: at the beginning of needles I and III, k1, k2tog; at the end of needles II and IV, skp, k1. Repeat the decreases every 2nd round 7(8)9(10) more times = 28(28)32(32) sts.

Divide the remaining sts onto two needles, 14(14)16(16) sts on both sides of the heel. Graft the sts together.

Knit the other sock in the same manner.

Finishing

Lightly steam the socks.

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
Shoe size 36/37(38/39)40/42(43/45) (EUR)

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns
- Ribbing in the round: *k1, p1*

Using contrast colour (CC) cast on 56(60)68(72) sts and divide them onto four needles, 14(15)17(18) sts each. Work ribbing in the round for 2,5 cm. Break yarn and continue with main colour (MC). Work stockinette st in the round until the piece measures 15(15)17(17) cm or as desired.

Mark the spot for the afterthought heel: work the first 28(30)34(36) sts using a different-coloured yarn. Knit the sts again using MC. Work stockinette st until the foot measures 15(16)16,5(17,5) cm or 8(9)10(11) cm less than desired length. Break yarn and continue with CC.

Top decreases: at the beginning of needles I and III, k1, k2tog; at the end of needles II and IV, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over), k1. Repeat the decreases every 2nd round 7(8)9(10) more times = 24(24)28(28) sts.

Redistribute the sts onto two needles, 12(12)14(14) sts each on instep and sole. Graft the sts together.

Afterthought heel: Remove the scrap yarn. Pick up and knit the sts on the top and bottom edges of the heel opening and 2 sts from both sides = 60(64)72(76) sts. Divide the sts onto four needles, with the beginning of round between the 2 additional sts at one of the sides = 15(16)18(19) sts per needle and 30(32)36(38) sts on both sides. Knit 1 round using CC.

Begin decreases: at the beginning of needles I and III, k1, k2tog; at the end of needles II and IV, skp, k1. Repeat the decreases every 2nd round 7(8)9(10) more times = 28(28)32(32) sts.

Divide the remaining sts onto two needles, 14(14)16(16) sts on both sides of the heel. Graft the sts together.

Knit the other sock in the same manner.

Finishing

Lightly steam the socks.


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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