Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Knitting Inspiration: For the Love of Socks

Winter has gone (even though I recently heard reports of snow near the south of England) and we will soon be able to put away the woolly jumpers and knit smaller, lighter things again. No better time to think about the next sock project, then! I have once again scoured the depths of Ravelry for you to find interesting socks just waiting for you to cast them on.

1. Cookie A made her name with wonderful sock patterns and it was thanks to one of her designs that i finally gave top-down socks a try. Her Socktopod Socks are quite minimalist, but the intricately cabled details are eye-catching. If you like cables and always wanted to give socks a try, these may be the ones for you.

2. Rachel Coopey's Brighton Socks are part of her Coop Knits Socks collection, available in print and as a digital download. I was fortunate enough to see her socks and 2 books in person at the Edinburgh Yarn Fest and they all looked lovely. I like her Brighton Socks because of the colour work and simplicity.

3. If you are looking for a free sock knitting pattern, give Sock Around the Clock a try. Natalia Vasilieva has created these pretty socks and her pattern is charted, so you will need to be able to work with them. If you haven't dared to knit with charts yet, this could be a great opportunity to give it a go for free.

4. If you need more colour work than the Brighton Socks offer you, there's always Stephanie van der Linden's pair of Harika Socks! I especially like how a gradient yarn has been used together with a solid yarn, which makes the colour work even more interesting and lively.

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