2011: the year of the knee sock

While deliberating on the fate of my Kalajoki socks, I started on another pair of knee socks. This year seems to be the year for making socks for myself, something I’ve never done before. It’s also perfect weather for knee socks; Autumn is barely a blip of a memory now as the very chilly days have begun. As I walk to the tram stop each workday, I think about how good it’ll be to have some knee socks to provide an extra layer of protection against the cold.

Delicious socks

The pattern used for these socks is Laura Chau’s Delicious Knee Socks. It’s a good pattern, this one. While the sock itself is a fairly basic toe up, there are lots of foot width/foot length/calf width/leg length combinations which makes it very adaptable.


Getting a start on these socks has meant finally using some Noro Kureyon Sock I was given for my birthday a couple of years ago. Finding a good brown to stripe with the Noro proved to be quite a challenge, however Sweetgeorgia yarns came through with the goods with their Tough Love Sock in the espresso colourway. The swatch provided some concern as there wasn’t quite enough contrast between the Sweetgeorgia and the Noro for my liking. As it turns out, I swatched with probably the darkest part of the colourway; the lighter parts look really good against the chocolatey brown. With the lighter colours around it, the darker sections, which didn’t look so great in the swatch, look fine in the sock.

Delicious toe

It almost feels like a waste to use the Sweetgeorgia with the Noro. The socks are turning out well, but I’m not getting a good feel for the yarn as I only get to use it in two round lots, with the exception of the toe, heel and cuff. That said, I have gotten a good feel for the espresso colourway and I’m completely enamoured with it. So much so that the search has started, and has maybe ended, for a way to use that colourway again. The frontrunner is the Callie Bib Tee, using Sweetgeorgia’s Merino Silk DK. This is quite an expensive yarn for me, but it’s amazing what a fairly spectacular appreciation of the Australin dollar can do for your yarn budget…

5 Responses to “2011: the year of the knee sock”

  1. Lynne Says:

    Yes, it seems the cool weather has arrived earl and intends to stay. Kne socks sounds like a great idea to me and what a good way you have found to extend the Noro. I am a fan of browns so Espresso would have my vote.

  2. Debs (rav: newdknit) Says:

    They are awesome! Can’t wait to see you modeling the socks 😀

  3. drk Says:

    it is indeed the year of the knee sock! i hope i get mine finished before the year is out, thats for sure. this looks just amazing! what a great colour combo. and that tee pattern is just lovely! do it do it do it!!

  4. bells Says:

    last year was my first knee sock year and I do wish I’d followed Laura Chau’s instructions since mine are a bit, well, not quite what I hoped for. I love the combination of yarns you’re using. It works really well/

  5. Leonie Says:

    Your socks are looking beautiful and after the cold weather we have been having you definitely need them!

    As for the Callie Bib Tee…Wow! definitely you 🙂

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