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Christmas Craziness 2015 – Joanie & Tom

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Tom’s Christmas Tube Socks 2015

My husbands aunt Joanie and his dad Tom both have a very extraordinary taste when it comes to color combinations. So, for their sock Christmas present, I could unwrap my wildest yarn.

Since Tom ‘murdered’ one sock of a previous pair of socks that I had knitted for him by putting it in the dryer and it of course shrunk two sizes, I thought I would make him a pair of tube socks. So, that if he should make that mistake again, he might still be able to wear them. Just for fun, I made a pair of tube socks for Joanie too.

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Joanie’s Christmas Tube Socks 2015

The wool for Joanie’s socks came from two German stores. One was is a blend from Regia and the other one was from Aldi. (Yes, Aldi… Aldi in Germany is even more awesome than in the US and they really have great stuff other than food, especially around Christmas. It is really inexpensive too, so whenever they have yarn, I stock up!) The fiber mixture of both yarns was I believe the same, 75% wool and 25% nylon. The Regia skein is a 4-ply yarn, I assume the Aldi one is too but I am not certain. Both knit nicely with a little ‘fluff’ around the edges. As you can guess, I altered the two yarns when knitting to achieve the stripes.

The yarn for Tom’s socks was a Regia skein also. This one was a special skein that was dyed for the Dutch soccer team, in honor of the Soccer Worldcup of 2014. I liked the orange and white color and thought it would be great for Tom. …and it was a big hit at Christmas!

The pattern of both socks is the same. It is a pretty simple K2, P2 repetition that is pushed to the side by one stitch after every four rows.

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Christmas Craziness 2015 – ‘Dad’

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Dad’s Christmas Socks 2015

The second pair of Christmas Socks 2015 was knitted for my dad.

The wool I used for these is from Cascade Yarns, Heritage Silk Paints (Shadows, Col.9751). It is made from 85% Merino Superwash Wool and 15% Silk. I have to say that this is one of the nicest yarns I have knitted so far. It is a little pricey (I paid $22.00 for a 100g skein) but it is well worth the money. It feels amazingly soft on the skin and according to my mum, it washes really well too. When knitting, I loved the twist that it has. The yarn did not split at all and the twist gave the pattern a very detailed and defined look, not like some other yarn that can look more ‘fluffy’ around the edges.

For the pattern, I chose a mixture of small cables, purls and ‘knit through the back loop’ stitches. In the middle are two rows of ‘KTBL’ stitches, surrounded by three small cable rows on the right and left. The heel is worked in the boomerang technique in a K2, P2 pattern. The sole is also K2, P2. I thought it might give the sock a little more springiness.

I hope you like them! Please get in touch for more information on the pattern.

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Dad’s Christmas Socks 2015

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Christmas Craziness 2015 – ‘Laura’

I would like to start off this blog with a little Christmas project I was working on for Christmas 2015.  My family loves hand-knitted socks and they really do make a great little gift. So, I decided to knit a pair of socks for all of them. As usual, I started off a little late, so I was super busy for the last few weeks leading up to the Holidays. Apart from one pair, I managed to finish them all. My brother-in-law Golan will get his within the next couple of weeks!

I love to knit socks, since they are a nice little project that does not take too long and that is not too boring to knit. Unlike a scarf for example, socks are divided in four parts, gusset, heel, foot and toe, that require a different kind of attention. I also like to switch it up by knitting different and new patterns with each pair of socks.

The first pair of socks I knitted were made for my sister-in-law Laura.

They are made from ‘Patons Kroy Socks’ (Brown Rose Marl) yarn with a lovely cable bow pattern on the top side of the foot. I think the pattern came out really nicely and goes quite well with the pink and grey color of the yarn.

The yarn is a 4-ply with a 75% wool and 25% Nylon mix. Although it says it’s #1 fingering weight yarn, I find it is thicker than regular sock yarn and the patterns/needle size should be adjusted slightly. It also does not run as long as other yarn, so keep that in mind for big sized socks. For women socks, 2 skeins are fine, for men over a size 43/44 (US10) you might need 3 skeins.


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Laura’s Christmas Socks, Cable Bow Pattern


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Laura’s Christmas Socks, Paton Kroy Sock Yarn

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