What Pattern for Self-Striping Sock Yarn?

Hi y’all!

Well, I finished my second pair of socks tonight, so naturally I’m ready to start my third pair.

Here’s the thing. I don’t know if there’s any “rule of thumb” regarding what kind of pattern you should do with self-striping yarn.

I know that some patterns (i.e. cables) get lost in the color variation, so that’s a concern to me.

Here’s the yarn I plan to use:

What do you recommend? BTW, I have the SKS book. I would love to try a pattern from this book, but I’m open to suggestions that aren’t in this book.

Thanks in advance! :muah:

Try “Sensational Knitted Socks” by Charlene Schurch - it has patterns that work well with variegated yarns. Personally, I like a baby cable rib or a ripple stitch.

Actually, that’s the book I referred to in my post.

The yarn is not variegated. It’s self-striping. I’m not sure how a cable pattern will show up with it. I hate to do all of that work and the cables get lost.

Call me one of the rare women without a lick of fashion sense. (I fully expect to be on “What Not To Wear” one day. :teehee: )

There’s a whole section in the SKS book for chevron patterns with self-striping yarns, which are pretty cool.

I did look at that page quite a while. Do you think I could do a different kind of heel, though? I’m not sure what makes that heel so special.

(Can you tell I don’t think outside of the box much?? Too scared to “freelance.”)

I have my book tucked away somewhere, so I don’t know what heel it uses. If it’s a short row (the afterthought or whichever), that’s probably so it doesn’t interrupt the striping pattern. You could use a heel flap if you don’t care, though. :shrug: I used a heel flap on my first two pairs of self-striping and it didn’t bother me.

It’s the forethought heel. But now I understand why you would use that heel. I guess it allows the heel to stand out because you’re using a solid color in that area?

Hmmm…I should probably just go for it. After all, this is all about learning new skills along with creating something fun to wear.

Thanks! :muah:

A heel flap with self striping yarn ends up like this:
which is not the neatest looking thing in the world, but it doesn’t bother me.

Hmmm…not bad. Those are cute!

Thanks! I lost one when I moved. :verysad: I’ll have to make another. This is probably why I save all my leftover sock yarn bits. :teehee:

What about Jaywalkers? Self striping yarn turns into a cool chevron pattern with the Jaywalker pattern.

Is your yarn self striping or self patterning? Self striping yarn has longer bits of color. Your’s looks like it would knit up into the ‘faux Fair Isle’ if you know what I mean. I’d say the simpler, the better.

I spy with my little eye my sock tutorial on the computer in the background!

Ingrid, I think it’s self-striping. At least that’s what I remember from the description online. I bought four skeins of this “type” of yarn in varying colors.

Should I do a search on faux fair isle patterns?


I spy with my little eye my sock tutorial on the computer in the background!


WHEN is that tutorial going to be ready!!! I kept thinking about you last night as I was pondering my questions.

I spy with my little eye my sock tutorial on the computer in the background!

Yes indeedy! I still always use it for toe-grafting. :heart: