I’ve been out of the loop

When my grandma was visiting this weekend, she casually mentioned that she’s worn through all her handknit socks except one pair! And that one has already been patched up, twice! What a subtle hint! But it’s true – I haven’t knit her a pair of socks since July 2010. Geeze, how did that happen? And I’m sad to admit that I know nothing of what’s cool and new in the sock knitting world. All my sock knitting mojo went to baby knitting around 2010, when all my friends had babies.

So, what sock pattern have you knit lately? What would be interesting to knit for my grandma? As you know, I knit all kinds of socks – plain, lace, cables… For my grandma, using fingering weight yarn, I find patterns worked over 68-72 stitches to fit well.

35 thoughts on “I’ve been out of the loop

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  1. Nancy

    You should look on Ravelry. I have been on a kick knitting patterns by Rosehiver, Cookie A , and lots of colorwork socks. Go look and see what looks interesting there.

    I would love to see more socks knit by you.

    Right now, my husband is sitting next to me, wearing his Jaywalkers (knit on 100 st)! Great memories….

  2. Seanna Lea

    I plan to knit Treebeard next, but most of my socks are the plain stockinette with either ribbing or picot hem. I like not needing to pay attention to a pattern.

  3. JenAC

    I’m in love with the sock designs of Rachel Coopey (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/rachel-coopey) I’m completely biased as I’ve just finished editing the patterns for her first sock book, but I think that they are a great combination of interesting, but easy to knit. She does the sort of patterns that just have a good rhythm, so that you don’t spend *all* your time with your nose in a chart.

    Happy sock knitting!

  4. pat

    I’m late to the party so even though they are not “new” I am enjoying Cookie A’s Monkey Socks (making them for the first time).

  5. Mary K. in Rockport

    I’ve made several pairs of Jaywalkers (thanks!) but am a fan lately of plain vanilla socks, no fancy lace with holes in them. My favorite is Carole Julius’ (of CaroleKnits blog) – stockinette with picot hem; the heel can be of one’s choice. And all the fun comes from using a beautiful yarn.

  6. Susan

    I am not a sock knitter, but I am a HUGE fan of sock patterns and sock yarn. I’d like to suggest sock patterns by Irish Girlie Knits, (irishgirlieknits on Ravelry). AND… she is having a buy one, get one free special on Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day!!!

  7. Uny

    I’m knitting Nutkin by Beth LaPensee, a free pattern on Ravelry, I like the top because it is firm but not ribbing which can be a problem for some Grandmas. Irish Girlie knits has has some great patterns with a picot top and she has a sale for St. Patrick’s Day.

  8. Merna

    Nemisis, a Knitty pattern, is one that I’ve actually knit more than once, and worn a lot this year, really comfy.

  9. Evelyn

    My family loves Kate Atherly’s Basic Ribbed Socks, plus they are simple and pleasant to knit.

  10. Evi in Iowa

    I am a grandma and my favorite pattern is:

    “a-nice-ribbed-sock” by Glenna C. It’s a freebee on Ravelry.

  11. Beth

    There are tons of socks on Ravelry. But I mostly just do a plain vanilla sock, nothing fancy, so it shows off the yarn. Usually I just do a rib all the way down.

  12. Beth in Maryland

    Next to the Jaywalker socks, which you may have heard of…, my all-time faves are both from Anne Hanson: Haywrick, which I made for my 94-year-old Mom, and Longjohns, absolutely the most comfortable socks ever.

  13. Linda Cannon

    One of my all time favorites is the “Broadripple” created during the street fair in Broadripple Indiana. I was in Indianapolis for work numerous times and we went to the yarn shop in Broadripple. There I found the perfect yarn for one of my male friends who appreciates hand knit sox.(My husband only likes the really thick ones) He actually picked out the yarn. So on one of his birthdays he got the sox to commemorate our visits. It is a great pattern for a stripe yarn, as it seems to flow. It is on Ravelry and what I really like about it is that it is easy to memorize.

  14. pnbjam

    I’ve finished my first sock of “Asterales Zag” ( http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/asterales-zag ), the pattern of which is based on the Fibonacci sequence. The pattern calls for 64 stitches, but I’ve upped it to 72 with no issues, other than modifying the stitch counts for the heel turn. It’s all one-stitch cables, so I’m really glad I learned from your blog to do them without a separate needle!

  15. Donna

    Iam making Cotty by Irish Girl knits and am using a bamboo, cotton and elastic sock yarn in your fav color Periwinkle. Lacy cuff, open work down the leg, perfect for a Florida sock (I hope!)

  16. Emily VA

    I’m entranced by skew right now… just started the second one. I have wider feet (like your Grandma, apparently) and found the Further Skewed variation to be very helpful.

  17. Meghan

    (Longtime lurker–I never comment, but…)

    The “It’s Tea Time” socks by Stephanie van der Linden are very lovely, very reminiscent of Nancy Bush, and worked over the right number of stitches for your grandma. I just finished a pair for my stepfather to which I made no changes.

    Also, thank you for all the socks you have knitted! If it weren’t for your lovely pictures, I may never have made the child’s French Sock, which turned out to be one of the most fun/beautiful things I have ever made! :D

  18. Meghan

    (Longtime lurker–I never comment, but…)

    The “It’s Tea Time” socks by Stephanie van der Linden are very lovely, very reminiscent of Nancy Bush, and worked over the right number of stitches for your grandma. I just finished a pair for my stepfather to which I made no changes.

    Also, thank you for all the socks you have knitted! If it weren’t for your lovely pictures, I may never have made the child’s French Sock, which turned out to be one of the most fun/beautiful things I have ever made! :D

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