Sock knitters covet this time of year, for one simple reason, they have a stash of guilty little pleasures. When the first frosty morning strikes, instead of turning on the furnace, they just slip on a pair of handknit warmth, in sassy stripes, or cosy cables, and welcome in Socktober with glee. By far the most appreciated of all the knitted gifts you can give to a friend or loved one, but be prepared, not only is it a gift that keeps on giving, it’s also a gift that keeps on asking…. for more.
Whether you favor toe-up or top-down, magic loop or double points, self-striping, lace or fairisle, handknit socks are one of life’s luxuries, a chance to splurge on a skein of fabulous yarn without breaking the bank. Wear them as your little secret, or flash and flaunt them with pride. Socks are generally the most portable projects for knitters on the go, a set of four needles and a skein fit easily into a purse or coat pocket, ready for a lunch break, a long sit and wait in an office, or on a trip. Take time out from your other knitting projects this month and slide into The Season of the Sock.
Things to do in Socktober-
Sign up for a class at your lys and take your sock knitting skills to the next level. It’s a great way to get out and meet new people.
Start on your Christmas sock list. Who has been asking for a pair this year?
Host your own Socktober gathering. Invite a few friends, have a potluck dinner and teach them all how to knit a basic sock.
Challenge yourself with one of these four irresistible sock styles shown below. Each project features different design elements. Double the fun, and start a knitalong with a friend!
Pick your favorite combination of colours and cast on from the top down! Start with a twisted rib and transition into a lacey leaf pattern. This sock design is knit with one ball of Silk Garden Sock from Noro, a twist of lambswool, silk, kid mohair and nylon for durability.
Ready for a twist? Try a pair of toe-ups! These Cabled Socks are knit on two circular needles, and begin with only 10 sts. Knit with one ball of Taiyo Sock by Noro, a seasonal favorite spun with cotton, wool, silk and nylon. Seventeen colourways are dyed and ready to choose from.
Over the knee we go! With cables and ribs, this sporty design is a boot topper, legwarmer and foot warmer all in one. Knit in Oxford, by Katia, a 50/50 blend of wool and acrylic in nine self-striping tweeds.