These socks are knitted in the round in three colors, but never more than one yarn at a time! Helix Knitting creates 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, or“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 the accompanying pattern.
Three skeins of Valley Huntington socks yarns, available in six colorways (Golds, Browns, Greens, Pinks, Blues, and Greys), are used in this knitting kit for my Helix Socks pattern. Each skein weighs 50 g and contains 218 yards. The kit includes my printed pattern for Helix Socks in a see-through zippered project bag. These yarns are superwash treated. While I normally don’t use superwash yarn, I will sometimes use it for socks for durability and ease of care, and I have found that Valley Huntington is pretty nice for superwash (75% superwash Merino, 25% nylon).
These socks are knitted from the cuff to the toe (top-down) at a gauge of 28 sts and 44 rounds/4 inches (10 cm). US size 0/ 2.0 mm double-pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge) are needed to work the socks and are not included in the kit.
The sizes available are Medium woman (Large woman, Small man, Medium Man, Large man); Circumference of foot: 8 (8½, 9, 9½, 10)”.
For more information on this technique, you can also check out my YouTube video on Helix Knitting: www.tinyurl.com/HelixKnitting