Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Pattern Release: Pierogi Slipper Socks

It's Election Day here in the United States, and no doubt you've heard a lot about this particular election no matter where you live, so I'm sure you'll be happy to hear that this post is entirely politics free! Today, all I want to talk about is the pattern I've released today for a cozy pair of slipper socks.

I knew when I started planning out the patterns in the Stitchburgh collection that there had to be something included that was inspired by food. It might surprise you to hear it, but Pittsburgh has a pretty hot food scene. A lot of the food you can get in the city is inspired by the various ethnic groups that have settled here over the years, and one food item you'll find in abundance is the delicious dumpling called the pierogi. Pierogis are Eastern European in origin, and you'll find them stuffed with all sorts of yummy things -- potato, cheese, onion, etc. You will find them all over the place in Pittsburgh, whether they're being sold at a food truck, a church fundraiser, or a high-end restaurant. If you go to a Pittsburgh Pirates home game, you'll even have the privilege of seeing the Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Race N'at (for a taste of the full experience, check out this video). So it seemed only natural that I design a sock with a pierogi-like feature.

The Pierogi Slipper Socks are designed to be extra-cozy footies for cool days and nights. They're worked from the cuff down, starting with a hemmed cuff, and have a tab of fabric on the back of the foot, just above the heel flap, that looks rather like a pierogi. The pattern has been graded for four widths -- 7 (8, 9, 10) in./17.5 (20, 22.5, 25) cm foot circumference -- and the length is adjustable to your foot.

Now let me rave for a moment about the yarn. The yarn I used in the sample is Shetland three-ply sportweight from the Ross Farm; this particular skein came from a sheep named Hyacinth. This is a lovely farm wool, which means it's not overly processed and you might still find a bit of veg matter here and there but it also still has a bit of lanolin in it. You can really sense that this yarn came from a sheep (unlike some commercial yarns). And I loved knitting with it (so much so that you will probably not be surprised that there's another Stitchburgh pattern using the same yarn coming up). Although it's labeled a sport, this knits up more like a DK, so it worked up at a lovely, squishy, dense gauge in these socks. I used less than one 250 yard skein to knit socks that fit my 9.5 inch feet. Your yarn usage will obviously depend on how long your feet are, but I'm estimating you'll need between 75 and 100 g of yarn.

These slipper socks are not only fun to knit up, they're fast. They're worked up at a gauge of 6 stitches per inch, so the rounds are relatively quick, making this pattern perfect if you need to whip up a pair in a hurry because your feet are cold or you need a gift.

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