CRAFT Pattern: Parsimonious Toe Up Socks

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By Kristin Roach
parsimonious – /adjective
Characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.

And that is how I feel about my sock yarn – especially hand dyed sock yarns. I had less than a full skein of four different sock yarns that I had dyed myself. I wanted to use them to make a pair of socks, so I opted to use a slip-stitch pattern that would make a nice color work design while not having to carry several colors at once, thus saving even more yarn for me to use to make my socks longer.


30g sock yarn for Colors A and B
20g sock yarn for Colors C and D
US size 1 double-pointed needles; set of 5; 6″-8″ in length,
depending on what you
are most comfortable working with
US size 3 double-pointed needles
1 foot scrap yarn in a contrasting color to your sock yarn
1 stitch marker

16 stitches = 2 inches in stockinette stitch
Sock sizes
XXS [XS, S, M, L, XL]
Foot circumference at arch = 6 1/4″ [7″ ,7 3/4″ ,8 1/2″, 9 1/4″, 10″] approx.
Yarn colors
Color A – Blue
Color B – Brown
Color C – Olive
Color D – Orange

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About the Author:
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Kristin Roach graduated with a BFA in painting in 2008 and is currently teaching art classes, painting murals, and inspiring others to create using what’s on hand with her website CraftLeftovers and to live life creatively with her local art organization Ames – Ames Collaborative Art. She has been published in Interweave Knits, KnitScene, CRAFT, MAKE, was a contributing designer in Button it Up by Susan Beal, and is just finishing slinging words for her first book, Creative Mending with Storey Publishing.

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