I just finished knitting a pair of infant socks for our expected arrival in about 2 weeks. Since my daughter’s theme is “Jungle Pets,” I decided to do an elephant head on the leg portion of the sock. Below is the right foot. I flipped the head chart for the left foot, so that they face each other. If you noticed the color variation in the photo, it is due to the fact that the sock is not quite dry yet. 🙂
I used the same method as I described in the “Seamless Cables Tutorial” to join the outside edge of the design, so as to not have a seam in my sock. The inner ears of pink are one area that I chose to use the Fair Isle approach, as it eliminated the need to add additional yarn strands to the design, thus cutting down the number of yarn ends having to be woven in at the completion of the project. On this particular sock, I chose to interlock the rows at the color change on the right edge of the design.
I have also discovered that it is advantageous to leave a longer tail when adding an additional yarn, as these shorter strands(double or single ply) can be used to add duplicate stitches for detail(such as the eye or added grey stitch at the bottom that opens his mouth a bit).
POINT!! I don’t like to have any more yarn strands to weave in than is absolutely necessary.
When I find the time, I will try to write up a row by row tutorial for the charted design so you can become better acquainted with the technique, but for now, I just wanted to give you a sneak peek at what I did with it.
Happy knitting – KT