Knitting socks can be hugely rewarding. They are the ideal knitting project for this time of year with the coming season of gift knitting just around the corner, and I mean who doesn't love toasty feet!
Some knitters have shied away from sock knitting as there are techniques used that might be unfamiliar. But with the recent publication by Laine Publishing of 52 Weeks of Socks more knitters are wanting to venture into making their own socks. The Fibre Co. has been working on a project that will revolutionise knitting socks and get more knitters reaching for their double point needles!
The One Sock pattern is an excellent introduction to sock knitting. Whether you are just starting or you're a more adventurous sock knitter looking to customise how your socks look and fit. One Sock offers clear instructions that will guide you through the entire process of knitting top-down socks.
There's a bonus of a guidebook that builds on the pattern instructions with helpful tips and tricks, detailed information on various needle options and how-to images. It's like a mini sock knitting course that you can take from your sofa!
There's also a One Sock Baby pattern, which is perfect if you've not tried socks before. It's the simplest version of the design, speedy to knit. At the same time, it will also show you the basic techniques used to construct socks on a smaller scale in preparation for knitting an adult pair of socks. One Sock Baby use Cumbria Worsted, it uses a small amount so if you have some in your stash it's a great stash buster!
Once you've mastered the art of knitting socks, how about putting your stamp on them. The Guidebook shows you how to customise your own designs with alternative ribbing patterns, textured stitch patterns, toe shapes and colourwork. One Sock will take your sock knitting to a whole new level.
Amble is a new sock yarn from The Fibre Co. Daphne wanted to create a sock yarn that had the minimum impact on the planet. They waited until recycled nylon, and an alternative to the standard chlorine processed washable wools became available. The result is a soft yet durable yarn from Merino wool and alpaca fibres processed with an eco-friendly anti-shrinkage Easy-wash treatment. The recycled nylon adds strength and durability.
Amble comes in 12 colours which will be familiar if you are a following of The Fibre Co. They have been borrowed from the hugely popular colour palette of their Cumbria yarn. The cream and all heathers using a natural ecru Suri alpaca whilst the others use a natural brown Suri alpaca.
Amble comes with 325m (355 yds) on 100g skein, enough to knit a pair of single colour adult socks. This lovely yarn is also available in smaller 25g mini skeins, should you fancy contrasting heel/toe/rib, stripes or stranded colourwork.