Honor-the-Buffalo Socks by Ann Budd

Honor-the-Buffalo Socks

April 2010
Sport (12 wpi) ?
13 stitches and 20 rows = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch, worked in rounds
US 3 - 3.25 mm
400 - 600 yards (366 - 549 m)
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This pattern is available in print for $16.96.

Instead of letting the hides of buffalo raised for meat go to waste, the folks at Buffalo Gold retrieve the down undercoat and spin it into pure luxury. Despite the rough, shaggy nature of the bison’s outer mantle, the down rivals cashmere and qiviut for softness and warmth. A labor-intensive combing and collection process makes the yarn somewhat pricy, but ideal for small projects such as Ann Budd’s cabled socks and fingerless mitts. Both are worked from the cuff to the tip and feature a relatively simple cable pattern.