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!
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!
7" (8", 8.75") approx. foot circumference
1 skein of Knit One Crochet Too Crock O Dye
Shown in Amber
Approximately 360, (375, 400) yards (1 skein)
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
28 - 30 sts = 4" in Stockinette
"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!
65% Superwash Wool / 20% Nylon / 15% Silk
Yardage / Weight
416 yds in 100g
28 - 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 3 [2.25 – 3.25mm]
Machine Wash Cold, Dry Flat
Knit Holland's colorful flower fields with our "Tulip Field" Socks ...
Featuring HiKoo's CoBaSi yarn ... 20% Off!
The inspiration for the "Tulip Field" Socks came from the millions of flowers that transform the fields throughout the Netherlands into bright swatches of color every spring!
Imported from the Ottoman Empire, tulips came to Holland in the 16th century, eventually becoming so popular they created the first economic bubble known as "Tulip Mania". Flowers have been have been a vital part of the country's economy ever since. In fact, the flower business in the Netherlands make up about two-thirds of the total flower sales in the world ... that's a lot of daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses and tulips!
With a unique construction and lots of bold color, our "Tulip Field" Socks are the perfect tribute to Holland's beautiful fields of flowers. Show off your colors ... wear them this summer with a pair of sandals!
Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of HiKoo's CoBaSi Yarn!
Thank you to Pamela M. for her lovely sock idea of spring tulip fields in Amsterdam!
Tulip Field Socks
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase
To create the vertical stripes of color in these socks, Amy reached deep into her bag of sock-knitting tricks! They are knit side to side, starting with the sole and back of the leg. In this section, two colors are knit side by side in each row with an intarsia join. (If you need a visual, check out Tin Can Knits fantastic intarsia color joining tutorial). The toe and heel shaping are achieved with increases, decreases and short rows.
Once the sole and back of the leg are complete, the rows for the top of the foot and front of the leg are knit with only one color at a time. The cast on stitches are grafted to the last row of worked stitches and then the toe is seamed. Lastly, stitches are picked up for the cuff.
It may seem complicated, but if you take it step by step you will end up with a terrific looking pair of socks that show off your mad sock-knitting skills!
7" (8", 9") approx. foot circumference, unstretched
7.75" (9", 10.5") approx. foot length, slightly stretched
5 skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi (each a different color)
Shown in Blarney, VavavVoom Red, Posey Petals, Buttercream and Cotton Candy
Approximately 220 yards color A, 110 yards color B and 100 yards of colors C, D and E
2 x 24" US 2 [2.75mm] circular needles OR size needed to obtain gauge
28 sts = 4" in Stockinette
US C [3.00mm] crochet hook for provisional cast on
2 stitch markers, scrap yarn for provisional cast on
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|
Hanami Festival in 1834
Do you like spring? Of course you do! Do you like parties? Who doesn't? Then you would love a visit to Japan during the Hanami festival!
Hanami is the Japanese tradition of enjoying the beauty of flowers ... specifically the cherry blossoms called "sakura." The flowers are pretty, but more importantly they are a metaphor for life - they appear in a burst of beauty then quickly die, reminding us that life is short and we should enjoy the beauty of our own lives, now!
The tradition is said to have started around 700 AD. The first blossoms to be honored were plum blossoms, but soon cherry blossoms took center stage and the Hanami festival became synonymous with cherry blossoms.
In the early days it was believed that spirits, called Kami, lived in the cherry trees, and during the Hanami festivals offerings were made to the trees and spirits. In addition, the blossoms were used to predict the success or failure of the upcoming rice planting season. The offerings were followed by food and sake, a rice wine that was served with great ceremony.
Emperor Saga (reigning from 809 to 823) gave the festival a more artistic flair, encouraging writing poems in tribute to the blossoms' beauty, a tradition that still continues today. An artistic kind of guy, he was also a calligrapher and a poet and is said to be the first Japanese Emperor to drink tea!
Hanami Festival in 1894
The first Hanami celebrations were only for the aristocrats, but within a few generations it became a festival for the people. Today it is celebrated with food, sake, music and poetry writing. Think of it as an outdoor music festival - with flowers!
Modern Hanami Festival
Japan is a long and narrow group of islands, with very different climates in the north versus the south. The cherry blossoms of Japan don't all bloom simultaneously, earlier in spring in the south, and later in the north. So how does one keep track of the budding trees? Weather reports on TV and in newspapers include the "Cherry Blossom Front" reporting on where the blossoms are blooming and predicting when they will blossom in your neighborhood. The Cherry Blossom Front is serious business, with 59 specific sample trees selected across the country (and "junior trees" on call ready to be promoted to "sample tree" if a tree unexpectedly dies or becomes damaged). The Day of Opening is announced when the sample tree has five or six opened flowers, and the Day of Full Bloom is when 80% of the sample tree's flowers have opened.
When the Day of Full Bloom arrives there is a rush to find the perfect spot under the cherry blossoms. In crowded modern cities some people arrive at public parks hours or even days ahead to stake out the ideal location.
If you can't make it to Japan this spring you can enjoy the cherry blossoms in Washington DC. In 1912 Japan gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the U.S. to celebrate the friendship between the two countries. They were planted in Washington DC, and in 1965 another 3,800 were gifted to the U.S. Washington DC celebrates annually with the four-week National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The best way to celebrate the beauty of the cherry blossoms is by wearing your Spring in Japan socks ... the first sock in our new World Traveler Sock of the Month series! These delightful toe up socks feature an exquisite blossom lace pattern that runs up the front of the sock, with a smaller blossom running up the back. And you don't need to follow the Cherry Blossom Front report - you can wear them every day!
Happy Knitting! ... Scout