These sock tubes are designed to speed up the sock knitting process by taking care of the boring stockinette part for you. All you need to do is add a cuff, an afterthought heel and a toe, and you'll be rockin' your socks in no time!
The details for the tube in this listing are below so you if you're interested in making socks, you see if they will be a good fit. Keep in mind that these tubes are stretchy so you'll have some nice negative ease.
Yarn Base: Plush Sock | 85% SW Merino / 15% Nylon 437 yds per 100 grams
Number of Stitches: 60
Weight: 108 grams including waste yarn
Gauge: 9 sts and 11 rows = 1"
Measurements: 50" length | approx 6.75" circumference
You can check out our FAQ about sock tubes below, as well as these fantastic tutorials on YouTube made by Kay, The Crazy Sock Lady if you're never done an Afterthought Everything sock before. Once you try it, you'll be addicted.
Care Instructions: To keep your finished objects looking their best, we recommend hand washing in cold water and laying flat to dry.
Q: What the heck is a sock tube?
A: A sock tube is long piece of knitted fabric in the circumference of a sock. If making socks, you can separate the tube into any lengths that you desire. Most tubes will allow you to knit 2 pairs of afterthought everything socks. (of course, this will depend upon how long you make the leg portion of your socks)
There are several rows of waste yarn on each end of the tube so you can pick up the live stitches directly onto your needles to knit the sock cuff and toe in a contrasting color.
Or you can treat the tube like a traditional sock blank. Since the ends of the tube have live stitches, you can grab the tail you pull the stitches out of the tube as you knit or crochet. Basically, you’re frogging the tube as you create your project. Or you can simply wind the tube into a cake and anything your heart desires.
Q: What can I make with a sock blank?
A: The short answer: all the same things you’d create with a ball of yarn.
You’re just knitting from the blank instead of pulling from a ball or cake. Gradient sock blanks are great for larger projects like 1 skein shawls. Speckled or stenciled sock blanks are most popular for knitting socks.
Q: How much yarn comes in a blank?
A: Typically sock tubes contain the same amount of yardage as a single hank of sock yarn, give or take a few grams. Hypnotic Yarn sock blanks have the yardage and base info identified in each website listing and will arrive labeled with the fiber content and yardage info as well.
Q: Are there any other differences between working with a tube vs. a ‘normal’ skein of yarn?
A: If you’ve ever frogged a project before, then you know how previously knitted yarn looks when you unravel it. The same is true for a sock tube. The yarn will be somewhat curly when you pull out the live stitches from the tube as you work.This can cause your knitting to look a little bumpy, but all you need to do is block your finished project as normal and everything will smooth right out. Easy Peasy!
Q: If I don’t want to make socks, can I wind the yarn into a ball or cake?
A: Absolutely! And you don’t even need to have your own yarn swift. You can pull out the waste yarn and hand wind into a ball straight from the tube, or if you have a ball winder you can wind it into a cake - no swift required. Knit from a ball, a cake, or straight from the tube - the choice is 100% yours.
Hypnotic Yarn is hand dyed with high-quality, professional grade dyes by Cheryl in her New Hampshire studio. Studio is smoke free and pet friendly.
Colors may vary slightly from monitor to monitor. Colors may vary between skeins, even within the same dye bath. Please purchase enough to complete your project and consider alternating skeins in multi-skein projects. It is normal to see some slight bleeding of color for the first wash or two.
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