"World Traveler"

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Sock of the Month: “Stranded in Mykonos” Socks

You will love being "Stranded in Mykonos" ...
Featuring HiKoo's CoBaSi yarn ... 20% Off!

These colorful socks were inspired by the the island of Mykonos, part of the Cyclades Islands of Greece ... famous for its striking white buildings with colorful doors, dome roofed buildings and maze-like streets lined with vivid pink Bougainvillea flowers.  The brilliant blue ocean is dotted the bright sail boats ... and Amy was able to capture it all in the gorgeous Stranded in Mykonos Socks!

Surrounded by the turquoise Aegean Sea, the island is steeped in history. Traditional Cycladic architecture abounds and six museums exhibit pieces from the Hellenistic and prehistoric eras. Mykonos has more recently gained a reputation as a posh party island ... but no worries, there are estimated to be up to 800 chapels on the island to maintain a good balance. If ever you were to get stranded on an island, this would be the perfect one!

Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of HiKoo's CoBaSi Yarn!

Thank you to Kim M. for the inspiration she gave us from her trip to Greece last winter!

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Stranded in Mykonos
Socks

by Amy Loberg

Pattern FREE with purchase of CoBaSi

Knit from the top down, these socks start with a two-color ribbed cuff. Larger needles are used on the cuff and leg of the sock to maintain the correct gauge while knitting the stranded colorwork. A series of motifs depicting famous sights of Mykonos make up the leg. The first motif uses three colors, but after that only two colors are used at a time for fun colorwork knitting. These socks also feature a full gusset and eye of partridge heel. When you're done, you'll love wearing these bright and beautiful socks that evoke the vivid sights of the island of Mykonos!

Finished Sizes

7 ¾” (8 ¼”, 9”) approx. foot circumference

Materials

Yardage

4 skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi (each a different color)

Shown in Royal, Deep Turquoise, Ripe Raspberry and White

Approximately

Color A: 150 (160, 180) yards
Color B: 80 (88, 105) yards
Color C: 60 (65, 80) yards
Color D: 115 (120, 150) yards

Needles

Size Small: 2 x 24" US 2 [2.75mm] and US 1 [2.25mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge

Size Medium/Large: 2 x 24" US 2.5 [3.00mm] and US 1.5 [2.50mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge

NOTE: The cuff and colorwork section of the sock is worked with the larger needle. Change to the smaller needle to knit the foot and heel

Gauge

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

Skill Level

Intermediate

"Stranded in Mykonos" Socks   |   HiKoo CoBaSi
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YARN

HiKoo CoBaSi ... 20% Off!

Cotton, Bamboo, and Silk give CoBaSi its name, but it’s the 21% Elastic Nylon that gives this wool-free sock yarn the kind of stretch and bounce that makes CoBaSi a great choice for socks ... for even the most die-hard fans of wool. It’s light-weight, cool, durable, and soft. Plus it stays up your leg instead of bunching around your ankles. All that at a price that’s hard to beat!

Fiber Content 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon
Yardage / Weight 220 yds in 50g
Gauge 26 – 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 4 [2.25 – 3.50mm]
Care Instructions Machine Wash Gentle & Cold, Dry Flat

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Sock of the Month: Scottish Heather Socks

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

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

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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