5 Fabulous Pairs of Knitted Socks from PieceWork

Here at PieceWork, we just adore the variety and practicality of knitted socks. The universal appeal is plain to see as cultures around the world have their own variations of the handknitted footwear. Here is a recap of 5 of our favorite pairs of socks from our Sock Monday blog-post series that you might have missed.

1. Magic Loop: Two Socks at a Time

No matter what your style of knitting is—and there are many—the choices of knitting needles for making socks are abundant. Working with double-pointed needles is the traditional practice for knitting socks. There, however, are a few new styles, including using two circular needles or one long (40 inches [101.6 cm] or longer) needle called the “magic loop.” My favorite knitting style for socks is working toe up with a long circular needle. Read more…

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Eileen Lee’s two socks in progress. Photo by George Boe.

2. Swedish-Influenced Raggsocks: Luxurious Knitted Socks for Everyday

During the winter months, indulge and wear knitted socks around the house. Nothing feels cozier! In the January/February 2018 issue of PieceWork, our twelfth annual Historical Knitting issue, contributor Carol Huebscher Rhoades tell us a bit about the Swedish tradition of wearing raggsocks indoors and shares her pattern in “Swedish-Influenced Raggsocks: Everyday Luxury.” Read more…

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Carol Huebscher Rhoades shares an easy way to feel cozy and pampered with her pattern for the oh-so-practical traditional Scandinavian everyday knitted socks. Carol’s choice of yarn, however, takes her pair up a notch to oh-so-luxurious. Photo by George Boe.

3. A Rare Breed: Manx Loaghtan Boot Socks to Knit

Sock knitters rejoice in the endless variety of sock yarns available today. From handpainted hanks to gradient cakes, it’s a good time to be a sock knitter, indeed! But I’m a handspinner, too. So I appreciate the yarn companies that also include unusual wool breeds in their yarn offerings. Have you heard of the Manx Loaghtan breed? Read more…

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Ann Budd’s boot socks made with Manx Loaghtan yarn. Photo by Joe Coca.

4. Albanian Socks: Colored Cross Socks

The original socks (shown below) that inspired the project socks were the most expensive socks for sale in the Gjirokastra gift shop where I purchased them. According to the shopkeeper, the higher price was attributable to the fine quality of the heavy wool yarn used to knit the socks; most of the other socks for sale in the shop had been knitted from cotton or synthetic blends. Read more…

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Mimi Seyferth purchased the original pair of socks in a gift shop in Gjirokastra, Albania. They were the most expensive socks for sale in the gift shop. According to the shopkeeper, the high price was attributable to the fine quality of the heavy wool yarn used to knit them. Photos by Joe Coca.

5. Knit Nancy Bush’s Amish Socks

The brightly colored band of patterning on the cuffs of Nancy Bush’s “Amish Stockings and Socks to Knit” delights the eye. The socks were based on the handknitted Amish socks and stockings from the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. Like the Amish socks that inspired them, Nancy Bush’s interpretation are knitted in the round and shaped for a good fit. Read more…

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A band of vivid cuff patterning against rich warm colors is characteristic of Pennsylvania Amish women’s socks. These socks, echoing the colors, shape, and patterning of two pairs of vintage stockings, are knitted in the round in warm sportweight wool yarn. Photo by Joe Coca.

Happy sock knitting!

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