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Twisting Tweed with Anne‘s Socks

A simple eyelet spiral is just enough detail to set off the organic sprinkle of nepps in this tweedy yarn.

Anne Merrow Mar 27, 2024 - 3 min read

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Anne’s Socks by Shannon Lynn Brown

Tweed and other textured yarns can pose a challenge: what stitch pattern will stand up to the lively look of the yarn? A geometric arrangement of eyelets in Anne’s Socks plays nicely with the flecks of light and dark fiber, which stand out against the rich hand-dyed yarn.

Most classic tweed yarns are woolen-spun, which generally uses shorter fibers and gives a softer, fuzzier surface. Woolen-spun yarns are generally less resistant to abrasion than worsted-spun yarns. Although American Ewe Tweed incorporates the colorful flakes characteristic of tweed yarns, the base yarn is worsted-spun, making it smoother. To understand the difference between woolen and worsted yarns, check out Kate Larson’s article “What Is Worsted Spun?”

The Merino and Rambouillet yarn from American Ewe comes from the Responsble Wool Standard-certified ranches of Shaniko Wool Company.

Finished Size 6 (7½, 9)" foot circumference unstretched, and 9¼ (9¾, 10¼)" long from back of heel to tip of toe; length is adjustable. Socks shown measure 7½".
Yarn American Ewe Tweed Fingering (89% Merino and Rambouillet wool, 6% acrylic, 5% rayon; 400 yd [366 m]/4 oz; fingering weight): root beer, 1 (1, 2) skein(s).
Needles Size 1 (2.25 mm): circular (cir) or set of 5 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holder (optional); tapestry needle; 1½ yd thin ribbon for cuff (optional).
Gauge 32 sts and 48 rnds = 4" in St st; about 32 sts and 34 rnds = 4" in patt from Leg charts.
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NOTES * Merino wool may be less durable than coarser fibers when used in socks. Consider carrying along a stronger thread in the heel and toes for added strength. * An earlier version of this pattern appeared in Jane Austen Knits 2013.

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