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!
Scottish Heather Socks
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase of
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!
7" (7.75", 8.75", 9.5") approximate foot circumference
12" (13.5", 14.5", 16") approximate cuff circumference
10.5" (10.75", 11", 11.25") approximate leg height
Main Color: 135 (175, 220, 225) yards
3 x HiKoo Sueno each in a different color
Shown in Plum, Slated and Evergreen
2 x 24" US 2.5 [3.00mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge
26 sts = 4" in Stockinette stitch
Cable needle, Waste 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!
80% Superwash Merino Wool / 20% Viscose from Bamboo
Yardage / Weight
255 yds in 100g
20 - 24 sts over 4" on US 3-7 [3.25 - 4.50mm]
Machine Wash, Gentle, Cold. Dry Flat
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!
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!
7” (8”, 8.75”) approximate foot circumference
1 skein of Malabrigo Sock
Shown in Plomo
Approximately 380 (400, 420) yards (1 skein)
2 x US 1 [2.25 mm] (US 2 [2.75mm], US 2 [2.75mm]) circular needles OR size to obtain gauge
32 (30, 30) st = 4" in Stockinette stitch
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!
100% Superwash Merino Wool
Yardage / Weight
440 yds in 100g
32 sts over 4" on US 1 - 3 [2.50 – 3.25mm]
Machine Wash Cold, Dry Flat
Put some color in your step with our "Spice Market" Socks ...
Featuring Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball yarn!
The "Spice Market" Socks pay homage to the vibrant colors seen in traditional marketplaces across India, the Middle East and North Africa. Vendors sell a variety of goods from fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and cheeses to wines and liquors, clothing, shoes and textiles. The lively activity is highlighted by the shouts of vendors tempting those passing by! It's a place not only to pick up your weekly groceries, but to catch up with neighbors, get a coffee or to hear live music.
Amy was taken with the bins of colorful spices and they quickly became the inspiration for the design of her eye-catching "Spice Market" Socks. Using the long color changes of Zauberball Yarn and an entrelac knitting technique, she was able to evoke the colors and shapes of the exotic spice market bins!
Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Schoppel Wolle's Zauberball Yarn!
Spice Market Socks
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase
When looking at the rows of spices in baskets, Amy's mind immediately went to the shape and structure of entrelac to create the Spice Market Socks!
Worked from the toe up, the top of the foot and leg are knit in entrelac while the bottom of the foot remains in stockinette stitch. The socks have a pretty eye of partridge heel and and a ribbed cuff with a couple of rows of reverse-stockinette for a decorative edge.
PLEASE NOTE: Amy happened to get very closely matching color repeats on her socks ... but this almost never happens with Zauberball self-striping yarn. If you absolutely must have semi-matching socks, you may want to wind the yarn by hand (it does not play well with a swift and ball winder) to get two balls that start at roughly the same color repeat. Or, simply embrace the uniqueness of the two slightly mismatched socks ... they are so in style right now!!
Small (Medium, Large) - Due to the stretchy nature of the entrelac blocks, these socks can stretch lengthwise or around. The medium size is approx. 7" wide but can stretch to 9" wide.
1 skein of Schoppel Wolle Zauberball
Shown in Oktoberfest
Approximately 375, (400, 430) yards (1 ball)
2 x 24" circular needles - Choose your foot width (narrow, medium or wide) and foot length (small or medium/large) to determine which needle to use.
30 sts = 4" in Stockinette on US 1.5 [2.50mm]
“Zauberball” is a unique single ply yarn that is dyed in long color stripes. It is the perfect playground for different types colorwork, but it also looks terrific in simple styles, too. A wonderful yarn for socks, Zauberball also looks lovely as a shawl or other accessory!
75% Superwash Wool / 25% Nylon
Yardage / Weight
459 yds in 100g
30 sts over 4" on US 0 – 2 [2.00 – 3.00mm]
Machine Wash, Dry Flat