Here is a pair of Medium socks, knit with the 72 needle cylinder on the Verdun 47.
The yarn is Austermann Step colour #134. 75% Wool 25% Nylon with Aloe Vera and Joboba Oil infused; 420 m/100g
I chose this one from stash as I’m doing my Valentine knitting. I’ve got lots of bright reds but selected this one for its deeper, rusty reds.
I find the Step yarns to be amongst the most friendly to the antique sock knitters – the gauge is a little finer but it is also very consistent and flows through with ease. Perhaps the infused oils have some kind of lubrication value.
For beginning knitters that are ready to move on from the cheap stuff to a higher end yarn, this would be a good place to start, due to its forgiving nature ;o)
Here is a pair of Low Pressure socks, knit with Austermann Step, Duett series, colour #54.
75% Wool 25% Nylon, 420 m/100g; infused with Aloe Vera and Joboba Oils.
This bespoke pair is a ladies shoe size 8, knit with the 72 needle cylinder on the Verdun 47. Normally I’d do a ladies 8 on the 54 cylinder, but in this case I needed a more generous width in the foot.
The leg is done in a 3:1 mock rib up to about 20 rows before the heel.
There is no ‘topper’ on my Low Pressure socks – instead I knit only two rows and then hang the second row on the first – so in reality a very very short hem top.
The tops on these socks will curl a little to the outside, but they will not roll down. So no pressure on the top. In addition – the mock rib will give a stretchy leg that will hug but with no purl stitches to create pressure points.
The colours in this yarn are reminiscent of Opal’s Brazil 2001 – one of my all time favs.
A little head start on my Valentine type knitting.
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, in Flamingo Stripes. 80% Superwash Wool 20% Nylon, ~215 yds. (This is the older style skein – approx 50 grams vs the new double sized skeins.)
And also in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock – this time in Desert Flower.
Both pairs are size Large, knit with the 72 cylinder on the Verdun 47. Lots of yarn left over from 2 small skeins per pair.
Also in size Large, Austermann Step, colour 0133. 75% Superwash Wool 25% Nylon, infused with Aloe Vera and Joboba Oil; 420m/100g . Large pair easily knit from one ball.
From Colinette Jitterbug - in Fruit Coulis, also size Large. 291m/~110 g with recommended needle size 3.25mm. 100% Merino. (I reinforced heels and toes with Wooly Nylon.) This Large pair weighed in at just under 140 g – so getting up near one and a half skeins. This yarn can retail for $30/skein, so it makes for a dear pair of socks, but what the heck!
Nothing borrowed and nothing blue.
But this Austermann Step, colour #07 is an old favourite of mine from the original series. 75% Wool 25% Nylon with Aloe Vera and Joboba Oil infused into the yarn.
On a recent Stash-Up I grabbed a bag of it. Truth be told, I love all of the original Step colourways.
This pair is size XL, knit with the 72 cylinder on the Verdun 47.
And this is colour #51
Just in time for spring, these wake-me-up colours are just what the doctor ordered to treat many winter weeks without sun!
This pair is size M+, knit with the 72 cylinder on the Verdun 47.
The Step yarns are a treat to knit – they flow through the sock knitters like a hot knife through butter. I do find that I need to vaccuum the csm’s after every dozen or so pairs as there gets to be a build up of powdery fluff, which I presume is from the oils.
And I refuse to answer the question, “can a vaccuum suck the needles right off a sock machine?”.
This is a pair of size Large; Austermann Step colourway 0027, knit with the 72 needle cylinder on the Verdun 47.
I like the colours in this sock yarn, and I’ve always loved the feel of the Aloe Vera and Joboba Oil that Austermann infuses into the series.
The yardage, 420 m/ 100g is comparable to many/most of the commercial sock yarns I knit, but I find it knits a little finer (even though I don’t find it knits any further!) – so I tighten my tension just a wee bit – like 1/8 turn.
If exact matching socks are your thing, I’d steer clear of this particular colourway. Out of 10 x 100g balls in the bag, 9 of them had a knot that interrupted the pattern, and one of the nine actually had the pattern change direction. Overall, 9 knots in a kilo of yarn isn’t a bad batting average. But with stripes that are all (meant to be) the same size… well if you’re oc like me…..
In the pair shown, you can see I got as far as the heels before the patterns went off in their own direction.
I’ll keep (buying and) knitting the Step series. They really do feel lovely. But I think I’ll steer clear of the colourways that are equal stripes, in favour of the ones that are more visually forgiving in the event of a dreaded knot ;o)