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Sock of the Month: Scottish Heather Socks

Roam the Moorlands in our "Scottish Heather Socks" ...
Featuring HiKoo's Sueno yarn ... 20% Off!

Two things come to mind when you think of Scotland ... fields of wild heather and kilts! Amy did not design a knitted kilt pattern (maybe one of these days) but she did create a pair of beautiful socks inspired by both the heather flower and traditional kilt hose!

The perennial flower Heather has played an important role in the history and symbolism of Scotland for centuries. It's branches have been used for everything from roofs to ale and is an important food source for the moors' wildlife, including native sheep and deer.

Kilt Hose are traditional woolen stockings worn knee high and folded to create a thicker cuff. Before the invention of knitting, these socks were made of woven cloth. Knitted stockings became the norm in the mid-nineteenth century because they stay up on the legs much better.

The Scottish Heather Socks incorporate both the colors of Scotland's heathered moors and the design of kilt stockings into a modern sock. The tall legs and decorative tops are perfect to wear with fall boots. Knit in three colors of sport weight, machine-washable Sueno Yarn, these boot socks are perfect for both men and women. So grab your needles and get ready for a sock knitting trip to the beautiful country of Scotland!

Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Sueno Yarn!

Thank you to Becky and Sharon for your visions of Scotland that inspired this month's sock!

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Scottish Heather Socks

by Amy Loberg

Pattern FREE with purchase of
Sueno Yarn

The Scottish Heather Socks start at the top with color blocked stripes and a lovely cabled cuff. The wide ribbing on the leg and foot is both attractive and makes for an excellent fitting fitting sock. The toes and afterthought heels are knit in the same color as the cuff stripes, giving the socks a cohesive color story that reflect the beautiful hues of Scotland's glen. You'll love wearing these sturdy but soft socks all winter long!

Foot Size

7" (7.75", 8.75", 9.5") approximate foot circumference

Cuff Size

12" (13.5", 14.5", 16") approximate cuff circumference

Leg Length

10.5" (10.75", 11", 11.25") approximate leg height

Yardage

Main Color: 135 (175, 220, 225) yards
Contrast Color 1: 75 (95, 120, 150) yards (cable cuff)
Contrast Color 2: 135 (145, 165, 180) yards (heel, toe, cuff trim)

Materials

3 x HiKoo Sueno each in a different color

Shown in Plum, Slated and Evergreen

Needles

2 x 24" US 2.5 [3.00mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge

26 sts = 4" in Stockinette stitch

Notions

Cable needle, Waste yarn

Skill Level

Intermediate

"Scottish Heather Socks"   |   HiKoo Sueno   |   Shown in Plum, Slated and Evergreen 

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YARN

HiKoo Sueno ... 20% Off!

Sueno is a cozy soft, wool and bamboo blend that has wonderful stitch definition. It's great for cables and textured stitches, and it has the perfect amount of spring, which lends itself to a variety of gauges. Choose from any of the gorgeous colors and create snugly socks, a cozy cowl, or super soft children's garments!

Amy used Plum, Slated and Evergreen to evoke the colors of the moors, with fields of wild heather and moody skies, but these socks would look great in lots of other combos. We put three suggestions together below. Or browse the 30+ colors of Sueno we have available and build your own color palette. If you have any color questions that we can help with, please give us a call!

Fiber Content

80% Superwash Merino Wool / 20% Viscose from Bamboo

Yardage / Weight

255 yds in 100g

Gauge

20 - 24 sts over 4" on US 3-7 [3.25 - 4.50mm]

Care Instructions

Machine Wash, Gentle, Cold. Dry Flat

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Sock of the Month: “Inukshuk” Socks

Celebrate Canada's Native History with the "Inukshuk" Socks ...
Featuring Malabrigo Sock yarn!

The "Inukshuk" Socks were inspired by the human-made stone landmarks constructed of piled rocks known as Inuksuit (the plural of Inukshuk). They're found from Alaska to Greenland above the Arctic Circle. Going back thousands of years, Inuksuit have served an important role in the culture of the Inuit and other peoples of the Arctic region.

Inuksuit come in many shapes including one that suggests a human figure ... hence the meaning of the Inuit word Inukshuk: "... to act in the capacity of a human". In an area with few natural landmarks, their purpose was for communication.  A few of the uses of these markers included navigational and hunting aids, coordination points and campsite locations.

Today the Inukshuk has become popular as a cultural symbol, not only of native peoples, but more generally representing Canada.  The Inukshuk was even used in the design for the 2010 Olympic Games held in Vancouver, B.C.

Knit in the lovely Malabrigo Sock yarn, you'll have a story to tell each time you wear our Inukshuk Socks!

Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Malabrigo Sock Yarn!

Thank you to Tammy for suggesting Inukshuk as the inspiration for this month's sock!

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Inukshuk Socks

by Amy Loberg

Pattern FREE with purchase of Malabrigo Sock

Amy's taken the shape of the Inukshuk and translated it into a simple, but effective stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch pattern. The overall patterning makes for fun to knit (and wear) socks. These top-down socks start with classic rib and include a sturdy eye of partridge heel. The Inukshuk patterning goes around the leg and continues on the top of the foot. Put it all together and you'll have a cool pair of socks that are sure to turn some heads! 

Finished Sizes

7” (8”, 8.75”) approximate foot circumference

Materials

1 skein of Malabrigo Sock

Shown in Plomo

Yardage

Approximately 380 (400, 420) yards (1 skein)

Needles

2 x US 1 [2.25 mm] (US 2 [2.75mm], US 2 [2.75mm]) circular needles OR size to obtain gauge

Gauge

32 (30, 30) st = 4" in Stockinette stitch

Skill Level

Intermediate

"Inukshuk" Socks   |   Malabrigo Sock |  Shown in Plomo

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YARN

Malabrigo Sock

Malabrigo Yarn's "Malabrigo Sock" is a kettle dyed, superwash merino wool that is soft and wonderfully colored. It's perfect for socks, but is also wonderful for knitting shawls, scarves or even hats!

Fiber Content

100% Superwash Merino Wool

Yardage / Weight

440 yds in 100g

Gauge

32 sts over 4" on US 1 - 3 [2.50 – 3.25mm]

Care Instructions

Machine Wash Cold, Dry Flat

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Sock of the Month: “Canterbury” Socks

Step back in time in our elegant "Canterbury" Socks ...
Featuring Knit One Crochet Too's Crock O Dye yarn!

With an impressive mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, much of the 1400 year history of Canterbury Cathedral (and England during this time period) can be read within its beautiful walls! For that reason is it often referred to as “England in Stone".

The original cathedral was built by order of St. Augustine beginning in 598 AD. However, most of what can be seen today dates from 1067 due to a fire that all but destroyed the original structure. The cathedral's famed stained-glass windows were created in the late 1100s and early 1200s.

Its role as a monastery lasted until 1540 when King Henry VIII ordered the shrine of St. Thomas destroyed. The cathedral then became the headquarters of the Church of England.

The structure survived the Civil War of the 1640s and heavy bombing during World War II. Through all of this, the Canterbury Cathedral has remained one of the oldest and most famous spiritual buildings in England. It is awe inspiring to anyone who looks upon the expansive nave and intricate architecture of the cloisters ... both of which influenced the design of our "Canterbury" Socks!

Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Knit One Crochet Too's Crock-O-Dye Yarn!

Thank you to Grace for suggesting Canterbury Cathedral as a theme for this month's sock!

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Canterbury Socks

by Amy Loberg

Pattern FREE with purchase
of Crock O Dye

The cables on the top of the Canterbury Socks were inspired by the Cathedral's cloisters built in the 15th century. And wow ... did Amy do a great job translating the gothic tracery and delicate columns into the design of these socks! 

Knit from the top down starting with a twisted rib, the series of cables are mirrored front and back. Columns run down the back of the leg and the top of the foot. Another set of tracery like cables flow gracefully to the end of the toe. A full gusset and ribbed heel flap give a snug, comfortable fit. You'll love wearing these cozy, elegant socks!

Finished Sizes

7" (8", 8¾") approx. foot circumference

Materials

1 skein of Knit One Crochet Too Crock O Dye

Shown in Amber

Yardage

Approximately 360, (375, 400) yards (1 skein)

Needles

2 x 24" circular needles to obtain gauge and size - SEE SIZES BELOW

Small        Cuff: 2.75mm     Foot: 2.25mm

Medium    Cuff: 3.0mm       Foot: 2.50mm

Large        Cuff: 3.25mm     Foot: 2.75mm or 3.0mm

Gauge

28 - 30 sts = 4" in Stockinette

Notions

Cable needle

Skill Level

Intermediate

"Canterbury" Socks   |   Knit One Crochet Too Crock O Dye  |  Shown in Amber

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YARN

Knit One Crochet Too Crock O Dye

"Crock-O-Dye" yarn is kettle dyed for a great tonal effect. With a generous amount of silk and just enough nylon this yarn is perfect for making durable socks. It's soft and has great stitch definition as well!

Fiber Content

65% Superwash Wool / 20% Nylon / 15% Silk

Yardage / Weight

416 yds in 100g

Gauge

28 - 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 3 [2.25 – 3.25mm]

Care Instructions

Machine Wash Cold, Dry Flat

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