I have created a free chart for anyone interested in trying the Goose Eye colour work knitting pattern that I made to knit my Goose Eye sock. I used a hand dyed gradient yarn from my own stock. You can find gradient yarns in my Etsy shop, you can even try a self striping yarn too.
I used 100g gradient & 100g natural white 4ply/fingering sock yarn so I could make an identical matching pair (or two) of socks. If you're not too fussed about the gradients/socks being identical you can also purchase the gradients in 50g skeins.
How I knit my sock....
I cast on a toe up sock, starting with 12 sts i increased until I had 72 sts; The Chart repeats every 12 sts so you need to increase until you have a multiple of 12. I normally knit my socks at 60sts per round but when I knit colour work projects the fabric tightens up a little so I go up to the next multiple. I worked the chart using the colour work and floating yarn technique you can decide if you want to use the gradient yarn as the design or the background.
I like to knit my whole sock tube and rib then cut in an afterthought heel, which was experimental for me on this sock as it was the first time I tried it on a colour work sock. You can obviously just use the chart above and add it into your preferred way to knit your sock/add your heel. When I was knitting the main body of the sock I stopped where I wanted my heel. I cut off (leaving a tail to weave in later) both strands and knitted 36sts (exactly half of my sts) using a bright red yarn so I could easily identify where I wanted to cut my yarn. (I would cry for days if I cut in a heel wrong in a colour work sock.) I picked my two original working strands (from the balls) back up and continued in pattern. After casting off my sock I inserted my needles and cut in for my heel, I did find that on one needle a few stitches looked like they were 'yarn overs' this is due to the floating technique used in colour work means its not as straight forward as regular knitting. However it was quite simple by referring to my chart where the stitches were doing this and how to correct it (when beginning to knit the heel yarn). Weave in ends.
Heres the downloadable PDF chart for the above colour work pattern Cube Confetti; an alternative way to use self striping yarn using an optical effect that creates cubes as you look at the confetti shapes.
The pattern repeats every 8sts so you will need to cast on in multiples of 8. I find I have to increase my number of stitches when I knit colour work charts (I usually c/o 64sts approx but for this case I went up to 72sts and its looking great size wise) as the tension can be higher when floating yarn but that will differ knitter to knitter depending on how you handle your yarn.
In my sample above I used a self striping sock (400m/100g) yarn called 'Cosy Nights' from my own Etsy shop HERE and I also used a second yarn, a natural white sock yarn, to create the contrast to the cube pattern. Although the first yarn is multi coloured I considered it as being black to prevent confusing myself with colour changes whilst knitting the chart which is black & white blocks. It took a couple of inches into the knit to be convinced that it was working so keep at it until you have enough of the pattern to create the optical effect. I'm very happy for you to share links to this page with people (on your blog/social media etc) who you think might like to try this chart but please don't reproduce the chart.
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