Helix Knitting is an interesting technique involving stripes of single rows, worked circularly. Knitting stripes circularly in the normal manner–one round of one color, then one round of another color– creates a jog, “steps” in the stripes, where they don’t meet up cleanly at the beginning of the round. This disturbs some people and certain techniques have been devised to avoid the jog.
Helix knitting takes a different approach, for each color stripe is on its own path. This is possible because circular knitting is actually a spiral, not a circle, and by staggering the starting point of the different colors used, each color will wind its way around the knitting unimpeded by the other colors. It is an easy technique with just a few details to be adhered to, as is explained in this pattern.
These socks can be knitted in traditional Guernsey yarn (for a heavy warm sock) or conventional sock yarn (for a lighter sock).
Helix Knitting, The Round Heel, The Wide Toe, Kitchener Stitch
You may also wish to view my video on Helix knitting: http://tinyurl.com/HelixKnitting.
Medium woman (Large woman, Small man, Medium Man, Large man)
Circumference of foot: 8 (81/2, 9, 91/2, 10)”
In St st: 28 sts and 44 rows per 4″ (10 cms)
US size 0 (2.0mm) dpns, or size needed to obtain gauge.
For a lighter, thinner sock: Wildfoote sock yarn (50g/ 215 yds/skein): 1 skein of each of three colors: A: Cappuccino (SY57) – medium brown, B: Walnut Bark (SY52) – dark brown, C: Gunsmoke (SY40) – grey
For a denser, warmer sock: Guernsey yarn or sport weight (50g/ 121 yds/skein): 1 (1, 1, 1) skein each of three colors. The photos on pages 2 and 3 show a sock made of Blacker Yarn Breed-specific Guernsey yarns: A: Hebridean Manx, B: Zwartbles, C: Jacob