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March 10, 2013

I've been out of the loop

When my grandma was visiting this weekend, she casually mentioned that she's worn through all her handknit socks except one pair! And that one has already been patched up, twice! What a subtle hint! But it's true - I haven't knit her a pair of socks since July 2010. Geeze, how did that happen? And I'm sad to admit that I know nothing of what's cool and new in the sock knitting world. All my sock knitting mojo went to baby knitting around 2010, when all my friends had babies.

So, what sock pattern have you knit lately? What would be interesting to knit for my grandma? As you know, I knit all kinds of socks - plain, lace, cables... For my grandma, using fingering weight yarn, I find patterns worked over 68-72 stitches to fit well.

Posted by Kathy on March 10, 2013 11:38 PM

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I love the Claire pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/claire-6

Or the Simple Skyp Sock by the same designer: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-skyp-socks

You should look on Ravelry. I have been on a kick knitting patterns by Rosehiver, Cookie A , and lots of colorwork socks. Go look and see what looks interesting there.

I would love to see more socks knit by you.
Right now, my husband is sitting next to me, wearing his Jaywalkers (knit on 100 st)! Great memories....

Just found these, the Mockery Socks, on ravelry today: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mockery-socks
I haven't made them yet but I really like the way the "cable" is made.

Also Veronik Avery's Lacy Cable Socks are lovely http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-cable-socks-2

Just found these, the Mockery Socks, on ravelry today: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mockery-socks
I haven't made them yet but I really like the way the "cable" is made.

Also Veronik Avery's Lacy Cable Socks are lovely http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-cable-socks-2

I like a basic sock pattern... then I can add my own twist....

I plan to knit Treebeard next, but most of my socks are the plain stockinette with either ribbing or picot hem. I like not needing to pay attention to a pattern.

I'm in love with the sock designs of Rachel Coopey (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/rachel-coopey) I'm completely biased as I've just finished editing the patterns for her first sock book, but I think that they are a great combination of interesting, but easy to knit. She does the sort of patterns that just have a good rhythm, so that you don't spend *all* your time with your nose in a chart.
Happy sock knitting!

I'm late to the party so even though they are not "new" I am enjoying Cookie A's Monkey Socks (making them for the first time).

I've made several pairs of Jaywalkers (thanks!) but am a fan lately of plain vanilla socks, no fancy lace with holes in them. My favorite is Carole Julius' (of CaroleKnits blog) - stockinette with picot hem; the heel can be of one's choice. And all the fun comes from using a beautiful yarn.

I am not a sock knitter, but I am a HUGE fan of sock patterns and sock yarn. I'd like to suggest sock patterns by Irish Girlie Knits, (irishgirlieknits on Ravelry). AND... she is having a buy one, get one free special on Sunday for St. Patrick's Day!!!

I've been teaching a lace sock workshop on Knitting Paradise for the past few weeks. The pattern is free and so is the help ... not that you'd need any.

http://www.knittingparadise.com/s-105-1.html and scroll down to #15.

Jill (Patchworkcat)

I'm knitting Nutkin by Beth LaPensee, a free pattern on Ravelry, I like the top because it is firm but not ribbing which can be a problem for some Grandmas. Irish Girlie knits has has some great patterns with a picot top and she has a sale for St. Patrick's Day.

Nemisis, a Knitty pattern, is one that I've actually knit more than once, and worn a lot this year, really comfy.

I really like the Level Up socks that were just released. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/level-up-socks

My family loves Kate Atherly's Basic Ribbed Socks, plus they are simple and pleasant to knit.

Just knitted the Wildflower Socks
Enough detail to keep them interesting but still fairly mindless.

I am a grandma and my favorite pattern is:
"a-nice-ribbed-sock" by Glenna C. It's a freebee on Ravelry.

There are tons of socks on Ravelry. But I mostly just do a plain vanilla sock, nothing fancy, so it shows off the yarn. Usually I just do a rib all the way down.

I have two sock patterns that I like very well, and others have too. They are Lichen and Moss Socks and Saguaro Socks, both free on Ravelry. I would be over the top if you were to knit one.

Joanna

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lichen-and-moss-socks

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lichen-and-moss-socks

I like these two, they're simple enough that you can memorize the pattern, but they have little details for interest.
Business Casual by Tanis Lavalee:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/business-casual
Cabley Goodness top-down-toe-up socks:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cabley-goodness-top-down-toe-up-socks

They also both have the advantage of being free!

I loved the two color socks you did by Stephanie van der Linden (I think they were Scala?) but if you're looking for something new, my most recent pair were Hagrid's Motorcycle Socks
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hagrids-mystery-motorcycle-socks
A little tricky to find the pattern on the website, but it's there. They have a 64 and 72 st version.

If you feel like some cabling, try some Early Birds. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEw12/PATTearlybird.php

The heel flap wraps around the bottom of the foot and the back of the heel for extra strength.

I really enjoy Embossed Leaves, by Mona Schmidt
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/embossed-leaves

Just so much fun to want them grow :)

Of course I meant "fun to WATCH them grow"...my craving for real growing leaves on actual trees is showing!

Next to the Jaywalker socks, which you may have heard of..., my all-time faves are both from Anne Hanson: Haywrick, which I made for my 94-year-old Mom, and Longjohns, absolutely the most comfortable socks ever.

One of my all time favorites is the "Broadripple" created during the street fair in Broadripple Indiana. I was in Indianapolis for work numerous times and we went to the yarn shop in Broadripple. There I found the perfect yarn for one of my male friends who appreciates hand knit sox.(My husband only likes the really thick ones) He actually picked out the yarn. So on one of his birthdays he got the sox to commemorate our visits. It is a great pattern for a stripe yarn, as it seems to flow. It is on Ravelry and what I really like about it is that it is easy to memorize.

I've made these a couple of times: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hedera
Cookie A. ROCKS as a designer, as you know. This is an easy pattern to memorize, but looks pretty impressive when done.

The most difficult garment I have ever knit, if you want to challenge yourself, is also a Cookie A. pattern, thus:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pomatomus
Only make these if you want to work hard!

I didn't check all the other comments, but I bet no one recommended this one: Elphaba's Revenge.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elphabas-revenge-socks
I just got that pattern free from the designer and look forward to attempting to knit it ;-)

I've finished my first sock of "Asterales Zag" ( http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/asterales-zag ), the pattern of which is based on the Fibonacci sequence. The pattern calls for 64 stitches, but I've upped it to 72 with no issues, other than modifying the stitch counts for the heel turn. It's all one-stitch cables, so I'm really glad I learned from your blog to do them without a separate needle!

I want to try dressy from the latest Knitty issue: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss13/PATTdressy.php
Seems to be a lot of stitches though. Will be nice to see what you chose to knit!

Iam making Cotty by Irish Girl knits and am using a bamboo, cotton and elastic sock yarn in your fav color Periwinkle. Lacy cuff, open work down the leg, perfect for a Florida sock (I hope!)

I'm entranced by skew right now... just started the second one. I have wider feet (like your Grandma, apparently) and found the Further Skewed variation to be very helpful.

I still love your "jaywalker" pattern.

(Longtime lurker--I never comment, but...)
The "It's Tea Time" socks by Stephanie van der Linden are very lovely, very reminiscent of Nancy Bush, and worked over the right number of stitches for your grandma. I just finished a pair for my stepfather to which I made no changes.
Also, thank you for all the socks you have knitted! If it weren't for your lovely pictures, I may never have made the child's French Sock, which turned out to be one of the most fun/beautiful things I have ever made! :D

(Longtime lurker--I never comment, but...)
The "It's Tea Time" socks by Stephanie van der Linden are very lovely, very reminiscent of Nancy Bush, and worked over the right number of stitches for your grandma. I just finished a pair for my stepfather to which I made no changes.
Also, thank you for all the socks you have knitted! If it weren't for your lovely pictures, I may never have made the child's French Sock, which turned out to be one of the most fun/beautiful things I have ever made! :D

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