Monday, October 1, 2012

Tunisian Tapestry Socks!

My Tunisian Tapestry socks are included in the Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet. This is a fun technique that allows you to place color changes where you want them with little to no fuss! The stitcher chooses which color a stitch will be by the type of stitch she chooses. In this pair of socks, the darker zig zag lines are created by making a Tunisian Reverse stitch, while the lighter colored stitches are created using a Tunisian Knit stitch.

The technique involves using a double-ended hook and 2 contrasting colors.  The work progresses in the round, with no joining. The forward pass is worked in one color (the lighter color for these socks) and the return pass is worked in the darker color.

The heel is worked back and forth in a traditional Tunisian stitch, decreasing 1 st on each side to create the slant.

The foot is worked in the round, but using the Tunisian Simple stitch, causing the neat look of the vertical bars in the lighter color and the body of the foot in the darker color.

These socks work up quickly. I love that!

I'd love to know how you like this fun technique.

Happy Stitching!



Unknown said...

Hi Patsy,
I am attempting to crochet your zigzag socks pattern and I don't think I'm understanding the instructions in part of the zigzag pattern bit.
Rnds 3-4 it says *Tks, trs, tks, trs, tks in next 3 sts; rep from * to be of rnd.

I know what the abbreviation are for tks and trs (Tunisian knit stitch and reverse stitch). There are 5 stitches here to be done in 3 stitches. Are the stitches to be divided between 3 stitches eg tks & trs in one stitch x2 and tks in 3rd stitch, or do all 5 need to be done in one stitch? or am I misreading it completely.

I feel I'm doing it completely wrong as it increases the number of stitches on this row and up to rnd 8, but I can't think how to do it.

I really love the look of these socks and would love to be able to do them. Thank you for your help in advance.

Patsy Harbor said...

I'm so glad you like my pattern!

The zig zag pattern is a repeat of 7 stitches. In Rnds 3 & 4, the pattern is Tks, trs, tks, trs, tks in next 3 sts, or Tks, Trs, Tks, Trs, Tks, Tks, Tks.

Rnds 5 & 6 would be Tks, Tks, Trs, Tks, Trs, Tks, Tks or *Tks in next 2 sts, Trs, Tks, Trs, Tks in next 2 sts; repeat from * around to end of rnd.

There should be no increases or decreases in the cuff of the sock, only in the heel, gusset and toe. Increases and decreases are indicated by rnds that contain a new stitch count at the end, contained in parentheses.

Happy Stitchin'!