Just in time for Easter: autumn inspired socks!

Pattern: Uptown Boot Socks by Jennifer Appleby from the Favorite Socks collection; originally published in the Winter 2003 issue of Interweave Knits. I knit the medium size without notable modifications.

Yarn: Fleece Artist merino sock yarn (from the kit), russet colorway, 1 skein. (Has this colorway been discontinued? I don’t know.)

Needles: Susan Bates US 1 dpns, set of 5.

These socks were one of those wonderful projects that worked out in every aspect, from the very beginning.

The yarn can only be described as delectable – soft, springy, and with a wonderful sheen. The colorway is luscious and interesting without being overwhelming. The yardage is generous – 8 grams remain after knitting socks to fit a woman’s large foot.

The pattern is simple to knit, but engaging to watch. What more can you ask for?!?


76 thoughts on “Just in time for Easter: autumn inspired socks!

  1. miss ewe

    Oooh! Lovely. I just started them in sea wool, so I’m pleased to hear how well it all worked out for even the most discerning of knitters.

  2. Ashley

    Well, given that it’s snowing here, why not hit all the seasons at once? Those are gorgeous, Kathy. I love them! (and if that colorway hasn’t been dscontinued, it’s certainly very, very hard to find!)

  3. yaiAnn

    They’re gorgeous! I was thinking of using this sock pattern for my sock pal last year but decided not to. These will definitely have to become a pair for me.

  4. JulieFrick

    The colors are wonderful. I think you sold me on this sock. I looked through this book last night and thought about them, but then pushed the thought aside. I don’t know what it was- perhaps the photography. Perhaps the suggestion of wearing them with sandals, which is almost always an immediate turn-off. Interweave has definitely “come along” in its photography lately- your photos represent the sock in a far superior manner. In my humble opinion, naturally.

  5. Holly

    Such a great combination of pattern and yarn, they compliment each other so well.

    Looks like this pattern will move up on my to-do list.

  6. Wanda

    Such beautiful socks. I really like that colorway too. I was wondering if it was discontinued too, as I didn’t find it on the website.

  7. Nancy

    My copy of this book arrived last week, and I am now on sensory over-load. So many wonderful patterns to knit, and so little time (with a full-time job and other projects already otn). Uptown Boot socks are now definitely on my list to do, along with several others! Your photography is really excellent.

  8. Marcia

    Fabulous! I am working on these socks right now and loving every stitch. I bought the book after reading your ravings about it, and have…oh, 5 or 6 projects lined up out of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Knit on!

  9. Sarah

    Beautiful! I’ve been planning to knit a pair of these myself; thanks for providing an additional visual of what the pattern looks like knitted up!

  10. Karen B.

    I searched high and low for the Russet colorway but couldn’t locate it. And I’m usually quite good at finding things on the Internet.

    What Ms. Frick said: you really do these patterns justice with your photography. Thanks for putting yet another “I want that” on my list!


  11. Anne

    Wow that pattern IS gorgeous. I will someday be able to knit socks like that!! And it could be sort of a Spring sock too.. just.. not a green and renewing one ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Danielle

    Your socks are lovely! I love everything about them. The color the pattern. I hope you get to enjoy them for a good long time!

  13. Christina

    I emailed Kathryn at Fleece Artist and she told me the colourway was called Madder. None of the normal e-tailers are stocking it at the moment, but Knitty-Noddy special orders from them all the time. I’ve already placed an order!

  14. Brenda

    Fantastic socks! I have some FA merino in Ruby that just might have to become those socks. Glad you enjoyed the yarn, it’s one of my favorites.

  15. xtina

    Yes, those pictures are amazing, but I think it’s the description that’s going to make me go out and knit a pair. How could I resist? And I haven’t even narrowed down my pattern for my lace scarf. O Grumperina, you’re getting me into trouble!

  16. Daisy

    Those are just lovely. I just ordered this book and am eagerly awaiting it’s arival. I’ve seen so many of the patterns on the blogosphere. Can’t wait to share my own pics!

  17. aj

    Very pretty! I just got my IK Favorite Socks and those are definitely going to be the first pair I knit!

  18. Karma

    You do such a good job of marrying variegated yarns to perfect patterns. I can’t wait to try some Fleece Artist someday.

  19. Emily


    You mention the sheen of the socks — I got some Claudia Handpaint which had a delicious sheen — until I washed them, and the sheen is no more. Is there any way to keep the sheen around?

  20. Tana

    I loved that colorway when I first saw it on your blog a couple weeks ago. I’ve been searching for it ever since and yes, I think it must be discontinued, which makes me sad, although I did get a delicious burgundy,wine,rose,rust colorway while traveling through Steamboat Springs, CO at Fiber Exchange. Those socks are beautiful. I also bought the book, thanks to your blog. IWP should be giving you kickbacks!! I saw your pattern in the Spring issue too! Good Job!

  21. Rebecca

    Great job! I have my first skein of Fleece Artist sitting on my desk waiting on me. Now I really want to bend my own rules and have 3 different pair in progress at once! Shame on you! LOL

  22. Michelle

    I LOVE how these turned out. Can’t wait to start a pair of my own: that book has given me a new lease on knitting socks. I had almost gotten to the point of never wanting to knit another sock, and voila! i am ready to do more!

  23. Kristin T

    Oh Yummy!!

    Those might just inspire me to go back to my socks again and continue my stash busting!!! I love how the pattern looks with the colors in the yarn!! very cute!

  24. Hope

    Well, it *is* autumn down here, so they’re seasonally appropriate to more than half the world (as well as just plain beautiful!).

  25. Jayne

    Oh, I really like those. I have knit socks in the Fleece Artist Merino and I agree with your assessment of it. I have only knit plain socks so far, but I keep hearing great things about that book. I might have to branch out.

  26. pia

    I just ordered my first Fleece Artist from the Loopy Ewe this week! This makes me very excited to knit it!!!


  27. Sheila Newton

    What gorgeous socks! I’ve just ordered some Fleece Artist seawool (though I couldn’t find the russet colorway so I settled for a similar one) as well as the book, and can’t wait to get started! You are definitely an enabler, but thanks! Sheila from NC

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