Ravel and unravel: the pleasure of knitting a hand-dyed sock blank.
Sock blanks are a fun and slightly magical way to knit socks. A sock blank is a "blank" piece of flat, machine-knit fabric (very long and slightly curled at the edges, because it's created in stockinette stitch). We hand-dye the blank using all sorts of wonderful techniques to give it a speckled and marbled appearance.
You then pick out one strand at the top of the blank and begin knitting your socks. The magic happens with the color movement in your finished socks. Color transitions that look one way on the sock blank end up appearing with speckles and pops in your finished socks, which looks both random and painterly.
The yarn in a sock blank is slightly kinked, which gives your finished socks a mottled and handspun appearance. Hand-dyed sock blanks are a fun way to experiment with color and create coordinating, and yet non-matching, socks.
Our sock blank fabric is a beautiful blend of merino and nylon which makes strong and hard-wearing finished socks, and our dye style echoes a watercolor painting.
Little Skein's Watercolor Sock Blank
Colorway: Cair Paravel
Inspiration: Chronicles of Narnia
80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon
435 yards | 4 ounces (115 grams)
Color notes: Kettle-dyed in shades of icy lavender, with the curled edges of the sock blank left unstretched to create a marbled underwash of pale lavender and ivory. Dribbled and speckled with a mid-tone Tiffany-style blue, and finally speckled with bright pops of acid green.
The yarn in our sock blanks is strong and created specifically for socks. It's a lovely blend of 80 percent superwash merino and 20 percent nylon. It has a 4-ply construction, which helps to create long-wearing socks.
For socks, aim for a gauge of 7.5 to 8 stitches per inch, which is usually achieved with a needle size of 2.25mm to US size 2 (2.75mm).
The colors for this, and most of our house yarns, are dreamed of in San Francisco, where my home studio is located, and hand-dyed by me in San Francisco or by my colleague in Maine.
I use a variety of creative inspirations for my colors, from the colors of my beloved San Francisco, to literature, to Pantone inspirations. I design the yarn from color to style and it is then brought to life by my expert dye partner.
Yarn is dyed in small batches, with color applied by hand and using professional acid dyes.
Care: We recommend that you hand wash our yarns in cold or lukewarm water and lay your knitted item flat to dry. While superwash yarns are treated so that they can be machine washed, taking care to wash gently and air dry will greatly prolong the life of your handknit item.