Longjohn Socks

January Socks

I’ve been so caught up in knitting all the shawls (and starting a long-term crochet project) that I only managed to knit two pairs of socks this month.

First up is a pair of Longjohn Socks — I love the texture of the pattern and the four-row repeat is super engaging so I was finished the pair almost before I knew it. The colourway is Lava, January’s HerStory skein from Knitted Wit, and while it’s inspired by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and the lava fields of Iceland, Leah has renamed it Mint Chip and is hoping to get a matching pair of socks for herself.

Pattern: Longjohn Socks by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Lava on Sock from Knitted Wit
View Project Details on Ravelry

I also cranked out this pair of striped socks that makes my heart sing whenever I wear them — there’s nothing like bright stripes to lift your spirits during grey, overcast days. This skein had been sitting in my stash for a while and I’m so happy to have finally knit it up.

Pattern: Basic Socks (my own pattern)
Yarn: The Doctor on Perfect Must Match Sock Fingering Weight from Must Stash Yarn
View Project Details on Ravelry

The only thing that bugs me about the striped socks is the way the heels look. While I love the fit, they look a little odd with the striped yarn. I’ve never managed to get a short-row heel to fit well, but I’m determined to try again. Last year I made a couple pairs with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, but one pair was too long in the foot and the other pair was too tight over the instep. Ugh.

Cake of Yarn with Needles and Pattern

I want to figure out how to make the pattern work, though, so that’s February’s project. The pattern has been printed and my yarn is wound so I’m just about ready to go. Fingers crossed that third time is indeed the charm!

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