Sock knitters LOVE making socks. And I, too, love hand knit socks.
What I don't always love is that they seem to take me forever with fingering weight yarn.
Well...they likely don't take me FOREVER but they're not as instantly gratifying for me as one (or some) may think.
Then last year, my friend Laura started knitting DK weight socks.
DK. Weight. Socks.
On Size 3 needles.
She also introduced me to the joy that is self-striping yarn from Freckled Whimsy who dyes not only fingering weight but also DK weight yarns in self-striping colorways.
After this first pair, I was immediately hooked! DK weight socks are as sweet as candy, so I created Caramelle, a faux-cable and ribbed sock that is so sweet it's like eating candy!!
Here are the answers to some questions you and other knitters may have about this sweet little sock pattern.
6 FAQ's about the Caramelle sock pattern
1 - What kind of needles work best for knitting these socks?
Whatever your favorite types of needles are for working in the will work for these socks. So that means DPN's, long circulars for magic loop, or shorties. My favorites to use are Addi FlexiFlips.
2 - Can these be made with a single color and not self-striping yarn?
Absolutely!! In fact, I made my main design sample with Cameo Yarns Imperial DK in Sweet Summer Child. Both look fabulous!! I've also written in where to do color changes if you want contrasting cuffs, heels, and toes :)
3 - What kind of heel is used?
With this pattern, I modified a German Short Row Heel for the heel, which I've come to find out fits my heel super well. But if you're partial to a certain type of heel design, the stitch count should be such that you can swap it out for your fave.
4 - Should the DK weight yarn I use have nylon in it?
It's really up to you. The Cameo Yarns Imperial DK does not have nylon in it while the Freckled Whimsy Serendipity DK is 75/25 Merino/Nylon. Both are cozy to wear and the fit is the same for me. We'll see how they wear through the winter!
5 - What are the sizes for this sock design?
Caramelle is designed to fit a foot circumference of 6-7 (8-9, 10-11, 12)” / 15-18 (20.5-23, 25.5-28, 30.5) cm with a finished foot circumference of 5 (6, 7.25, 8.5)” / 13 (15, 18.5, 21.5) cm. The finished socks are stretchy and have approximately 1-4” / 2.5-10cm of negative ease.
6 - How much yarn is needed for each size?
Approximately 125 (190, 260, 335) yds / 114.5 (174, 238, 307) m of DK weight yarn are needed. The two smallest sizes can typically be made with 1 skein of yarn while the larger sizes may need 2 skeins (depending on the yarn brand).
Ready to cast on? Caramelle is available in both my Ravelry and Etsy shops. Make sure to tag me in your stitching posts and use the hashtag #caremellesocks so others can see these sweeties on your needles!!
Also...a HUGE THANK YOU to my Wagon Chaser friends who support me not only in their friendship but also wonderfully tested this pattern for me. You are all the absolute best!!!