Sunday, January 09, 2011

Father's New Socks

Father's New Socks is a lovely pattern from Susan Crawford's Vintage Gifts to Knit.  Knitted in a mock Fair Isle pattern using a slip stitch, they are much less complicated to knit than they look.

 Image copyright Arbour House Publishing

Susan called her pattern 'Father's New Socks' because she thought that they would be just the sort of thing that her own Dad would love to get. Although the ones in the picture above (and in the book) were made for her husband, she has now made a pair for her Dad too.

The pattern calls for Jamieson and Smith 2-ply jumper yarn, which is a pure wool 4-ply weight yarn and work in a whole variety of colour combinations, as you'll see below.

Skein Queen made a gorgeous pair of these out of her own Blush yarn before Christmas, seen below.

Image copyright Skein Queen

We also have a knit-along thread in the Just Call Me Susan group on Ravelry at the moment for Father's New Socks and there are some fantastic pairs of socks coming out of it. You can see some of them on the projects pages, and here are a couple so that you can see the lovely colours people are putting together.

Melarno on Ravelry made a lovely pair for her Dad's birthday using blue and brown for contrast.

Image copyright Melarno

Donna G has a lovely pair of the socks in progress for her son who likes 'old style'.

Image copyright Donna G

If this has whetted your appetite for knitting a pair, the Father's New Socks pattern is available as part of Vintage Gifts to Knit. You can get your copy in one of three ways. It is available from the knitonthenet shop as both a print copy and an e-book (bottom left), and also as a Ravelry download. 

Happy Sock Knitting
Ingrid x

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