In Praise of Hand Knit Socks


Here on Vancouver Island head we are heading into a wet, blustery winter so it seems like a good time to bring out our stash of hand knit wool socks.  A pair of socks knit with love and care in every stitch will keep even the coldest toes cozy and warm on a cold winter day.


I put the call out to guild members to show off their socks and they were happy to share their creations. From a pair or two for little feet to Size 12 ones for the men in our lives the colours and patterns were stunning. Some of us are traditional 4 double pointed 2.25 mm needles; others knit two at a time using 2 circular needles.  We knit top down or toe up, we may knit a traditional heel, a Dutch heel or an afterthought heel. It doesn’t matter how we knit the socks the result is the same because when our family and friends pull on a toasty pair of socks they feel loved







The yarn choices are amazing. You can knit using all one colour or try a computer dyed yarn that mimics stranded colour work.  You can find patterns in stockinette, various ribbed patterns and wonderful cable designs. Pay a visit to your LYS and I am sure they will be happy to help you find just the right pattern and yarn to suit your needs.

I remember my first attempt at sock knitting and let’s just say it was not a resounding success. One heel migrated to the side of the second sock which made it challenging for the wearer to feel comfortable. Thankfully I have made great progress and now always have a pair of socks of my needles. I have knit many patterns but my go to knit is Kate Atherley’s Basic Ribbed Sock. The ribbed pattern stays up on the leg and is great for car knitting.

Socks may be intimidating for new knitters but don’t be afraid just take the plunge. You, your family and friends will be happy with your efforts and after all a shoe can hide any “design elements” you add 😉

Until next time happy knitting.

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