First off, the blog is back (atleast for now)! The blog crashed because I had the honour to be featured on Grainline´s Sew & Tell series and apparently the bandwidth wasn´t enough for all the visitors.
I have a growing backlog of projects to blog so this time I decided to clump all five pairs of hand knit socks in one post. Well here we go…
I love knitting socks. And the thinner the yarn the better. But I am very bad at following instructions when it comes to knitting. All the pairs have a stitch pattern as a starting point but I just knit the socks as I go – without any further pattern instructions. These red socks for instance have a stitch pattern that basically combines basket stitch and rib (knit two rounds, *purl 2, knit 2* for two rounds). Very lazy and effective!
I think the biggest influence on my sock knitting has been Nancy Bush. Her books Knitting on the Road and Knitting Vintage Socks feature stitch patterns that I seem to use over and over again as I love simple rib socks. These moss green socks uses her Conwy pattern and I must say it´s one of the two of my absolute favourites. It´s a little tricky to knit because of the mini cables but looks oh so good.
And here´s the other of my all time favourites by Nancy Bush. It´s the ´Gentleman´s Fancy Sock´ from Knitting Vintage Socks. This simple rib pattern is pure genius. So practical and easy to knit and works well with busy variegated yarns as well. Here I used Madeline Tosh yarn that I bought from my trip to Amsterdam almost two years ago. It is so fancy that I didn´t know what to do with for a long time.
This terracotta pair I knit for myself to use with boots. It´s 3:1 rib all the way.
With these thick marled socks I used a variation of ‘Gentleman´s Fancy Sock’ rib. I had to knit all the knit stitches though the back loop in order to bring out the pattern with marled yarn.
I knit socks throughout the year and give them for gifts. They still are a staple in Finnish wardrobe but I have noticed that people are particularly happy when they receive socks. Perhaps it´s because hand knit socks are something you can´t really buy in stores.