Mutant Zebras

The pictures turned out much better than I expected!

Here’s a close-up of the textured rib used in the entrelac.


And a shot of the pair.


I’m really happy with how these turned out. I pretty much followed the pattern as written, but I did exclude two tiers from the legs. That gave the socks perfect length, not too long or short. If I had knit these two extra tiers, the cuffs would’ve topped the sock blockers.

The pattern was easy to follow and I like the results, especially for challenging variegated/stripy yarn. Mom has mentioned twice already how she likes them so I may use this pattern again to knit some socks for her.

I had originally planned to limit the entrelac to the legs only, but as you can tell, I kept going through the instep. I tested them before washing, and I couldn’t really feel the “seams” where you pick up stitches for each section. Moreover, I’m happy I found such a good match for the Zebra yarn.

There’s only two small things I would change. The toe and afterthought heels in the pattern are quite pointy, decreasing down to a total of 16 stitches (8 across). You can see how square the heels are, because of this. Next time, instead of an afterthought heel, I would like to try a short-row heel. The entrelac layout given in the pattern benefits this type of heel equally well. Just knit the short-row heel where you would put in the waste yarn.

I did have a problem with ladders before the SSKs on the toes and heel. (You might be able to see it in the picture above; click for bigger.) I’ve had this problem before, but it went away for a long while. Now it’s back; I think I’m over-compensating with my tension. Maybe it’s just the yarn—my gauge seemed a bit looser with the zebra than it did with the other Opal colors.


Pattern:A Step Above” by Kathleen Power Johnson, Knitter’s #75, Spring 2004 Size: Women’s medium Yarn: Opal Rainforest, Zebra Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo US 1.5 (2.5mm) DPNs Started: ~December 19, 2006 Completed: January 6, 2007

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22 Responses to “Mutant Zebras”

  1. Chris Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Those are just too cool. I might have to rethink my hatred of entrelac. ;)

  2. Jeanne Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Hmmm….I won’t be rethinking my hatred of entrelac, but those socks are pretty cool.

  3. Guinifer Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    I don’t see no stinkin’ ladders!

    Great zebras!

  4. Dave Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I have some Opal Zebra somewhere. I love those socks so much that I just may have to copy you. Copying = imitating = WOW, I love those socks. :-)

  5. beth Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 12:25 am

    Very cool design!

  6. Wendy Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 7:05 am

    Those socks are seriously cool!

  7. Jennifer Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 8:30 am

    Those are awesome! I love how the entrelac looks with the stripey yarn.

  8. Frarochvia Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Wow! Love love love love the entrelac! Purrrrrty. Mm, I should learn how, one of these days….

  9. Nicole Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    How cool. I love the combination of the different textures.

  10. mrspao Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Wow! Those are awesome socks!!

  11. Kristi aka Fiber Fool Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    What a great combo! It sure made for much more interesting socks.

  12. Kelle Says:
    January 10th, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Those are so cool.

  13. Connie Says:
    January 11th, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Those are great socks! What a great use for the zebra! I have some entrelac mittens on the needles but I forgot how to do the technique so I have to get a refresher from my LYS – then maybe these socks!

  14. OzKnitter Says:
    January 12th, 2007 at 7:45 am

    WOW! They’re gorgeous Ms ld!

    By the way, congratulations. You won a prize in my blog contest. Hope to get it in the mail Monday, so look for it in about a week :o)

  15. lorinda Says:
    January 12th, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Stunning. I love them.

  16. yvonnep Says:
    January 14th, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    This really is the first time I love something made from Opal Zebra. These socks are so sophisticated.

  17. Rina Says:
    January 19th, 2007 at 10:59 am

    the entrelac is very cool. I want to try the pattern someday. How do I get the pattern? Do I get a magazine from Knitting Universe?

  18. Hidden Knitter Says:
    January 20th, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Fabuloso dahling! Those make me want to cast on. Right. now.

  19. kathleen power johnson Says:
    February 7th, 2007 at 9:38 am

    I’m in awe! What a great job and sophisticated KABOOM look.

  20. Donna Says:
    February 19th, 2007 at 7:51 am

    I’m about to make a pair of these myself; thanks for the tip about the pointyness! You could certainly do a short row heel, but you might also try Dawn Brocco’s six-pointed afterthought heel – I like it quite a bit and have gotten good results

  21. Carrie K Says:
    March 17th, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    Those are so good looking! Another pair of socks I must knit. At least I’ve got the mag.

  22. Valentina Says:
    December 9th, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    How can I get the instructions? On the website that you have the link to only the recent designs are downloadable. I would love to make a pair like that….

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