I don't know about you, but my knitting tends to go in waves. I'll be really into making hats, then I'll get into crocheting for a while, then I'm on a sweater kick. The one wave that I tend to ride for the longest is sock knitting. I absolutely love knitting socks. They are fun, small projects that go relatively quickly, are portable and easy to take-along, and offer so much room for creativity!
I'm currently in a sock-knitting mood. Late spring, going into summer may seem like a silly time to be knitting wool socks, but I actually think it's the perfect time for sock knitting! Because they are small projects, you don't have a big sweater or shawl in your lap while you are knitting, and when it's hot outside, the last thing you want is a pile of knitting in your lap!
People also tend to underestimate the amazing power of wool, especially merino wool. A lot of people think wool=hot, but that's not necessarily true! According to The Woolmark Company:
Merino fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air. So Merino wool clothing is extremely breathable and less prone to clamminess. In contrast to synthetics, Merino is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature. So it helps you stay warm when the weather is cold, and cool when the weather is hot.
If you have ever worn a pair of wool socks, you know that they are probably the most comfortable socks! I wear my wool sock almost all year-round. Especially here in Ventura, where it is constantly about 72°, you can get away with it! I wouldn't wear knee-socks in summer, but ankle socks are a great project for this time of year. Below is a list of patterns I found while browsing around Ravelry, and maybe they will help you jump-start your sock-knitting mood!
These little roll-top socks are so fun and fast to knit, and are perfect for showing off hand-dyed yarns. I made on pair for my mom for Mother's Day, and immediately cast on another pair for myself! This pattern is super popular, and for good reason!
I love these little pom-pom socks! They are so sporty and cute, and would look great with a pair of canvas sneakers or TOMs. Make them in fun neon-bright colors, or opt for something more neutral and subdued.
This is a great simple sock pattern with a tiny ribbed cuff, perfect for showing off some fun-colored self striping yarns, or maybe make the heel and toe a contrasting color? Lots of options!
These little footie socks are constructed to have a low profile, perfect for wearing inside shoes. I love little ped socks when I wear slip-on shoes, and now I want to knit myself a pair!
I love the idea of these little socklets! If you are an avid sock-knitter like I am, you probably have lots of little bits of sock yarn leftovers. Choose a neutral solid for the main part of the sock, and incorporate your little bits of leftovers (or use these Knitted Wit Gumballs!) for the stripes.
See Posts from old blog here.
Caracol Button Hat
Drop a Hint Hat & Scarf
Easiest Christmas Stocking
Fishtail Braid Cowl
Fly Your Heart Mitts & Hat
Kelp Forest Shawlette
Lacy 48 Stitch Hat
Last Minute Handwarmers
Marled Textures Hat
Mega Basic Beanie
Springtime Baby Cardi
Superfine Serpentine Cowl
Toasty Texture Mitts
56 Stitch Hat