Chitin socks

For Susan at Myer’s House, I have this picture:

Tofutsies socks.

It’s the Tofutsies yarn (wool, cotton, soy silk and chitin from crab and shrimp shells), with the Elfine Socks pattern (PDF). The yarn label says:

Chitin is fiber from shrimp and crab shells! It’s naturally antibacterial!

(And that’s one too many exclamation marks for me! πŸ˜‰ )

The elfine socks lace has a 16 row repeat, with an all-knit row every other row. Shockingly I made it through a whole repeat without mistakes, and I like how it looks. It’s looser than some of my other socks, but I think it’ll be OK. The yarn is a bit splitty, but it’s not a huge problem, and it is slippery.

A few pattern mods: Sherman heel and toe because I like the look, and a picot cast-off because I cast off far too tightly. I did get a pattern today, Lupine Lace socks from Fiber Trends, but I think this yarn is too thin for it.


  1. Hi! I love the color, but I still think it’s funny to have the crab shells. What will they think of next?! Can’t wait to see the finished product. Looks great so far.


  2. I’ve been curious about this yarn ever since I first heard about it. Does it smell anything like Sea Silk? πŸ˜‰ And what is it that makes it naturally antibacterial, do you know?…

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