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This may seem like a silly post but I’ve had several knitters ask how I match my striped socks so perfectly. Others might be interested too so I worked up a little tutorial to show how I do it.
To arrive at a matching pair of striped socks, I must start knitting each sock at the same spot in the yarn. I don’t get particularly obsessed if my self-striping socks don’t match but I do like them to match if it can easily be done. There are many lovely yarns available to us now that don’t have predictable color repeats so matching socks will be almost impossible. But there are just as many that are dyed to have predictable color repeats and those are what I’ll be focusing on now. I’m using a 100 gram skein of Opal Schafpate yarn for this tutorial. I knit these socks from cuff down and fed my rewound cakes from the outside. The cakes can be rewound if you prefer to use inside pull cakes while knitting.
First, I knit up the whole skein into a rectangle. It doesn’t matter what gauge or width because all I’m looking for are the color change repeats. So I usually use a loose gauge on my midgauge machine at T1, or on my standard gauge at T10….anything that’s quick and easy to push the carriage.