Need a new sock pattern? Take a peek at the Abode Socks, just released today (with a bonus sale through this week, details at the bottom).
In my sock wardrobe and pattern stash, I have fancy socks and everyday staple socks. I call my wardrobe staple patterns my “pantry-patterns.” It’s like keeping a well stocked pantry, I need a well-stocked pile of patterns to rotate through.
I don’t know about you, but I like a little something different when I cast on a new pair. A plain sock is nice, but I think a few rounds of repeats in a relaxing stitch pattern makes it all the more fun.
The best part about textured patterns is they work with absolutely any yarn! Seriously. Try out my theory, it’s just solid fact (of course, all facts stated here are solely my opinion and experience, please don’t internet-yell at me).
Certain patterns can get lost with self-striping or heavily variegated yarns. I’d bet most of us have some super-fun-yarn-in-need-of-the-right-pattern in our stash. Texture is awesome to show off those wild skeins or coveted hand-dyed stripes.
I knit the sample pair up with a neutral tonal just to show the stitches best. Plus, I think it’s nice to see a pattern as a blank canvas for you to paint on with your own yarn and color choices. But nevermind all that, I actually really like how the Abode pattern looks even in a solid or tonal like this.
It may look complex, but it’s not at all. Any sock knitter can do this with ease. A twisted stitch is used but I described everything you need to know in the pattern to make it simple as can be. There are multiple ways to knit twisted stitches, and I’ve tested a few. I included what I think is easiest to do with the most consistent results.
Abode Socks are not a ribbed pattern but it does give a little extra stretch and bounce back. Only a 4 round repeat with a rest row (just knit around) included. I do enjoy a short repeat, it makes me think “oh I’ll just work one more set…” and before I know it they’re off the needles. Short repeats also make it easy to customize length. As you can see here, I needed another short pair for summer! I do have longer pairs though and they are marvelous.
Neat and Tidy – Tips and Tricks
My favorite tips and tricks are in the pattern to make your socks as neat and tidy as possible.
Three sizes are available with written and charted patterns. All are customized to look the best no matter the width of the lucky foot that gets to wear them.
Cast on a pair!
I’ve got a promo sale on Ravelry through this week (through Saturday, May 20th) for the Abode Socks.
Here’s a quick link if you prefer: https://www.ravelry.com/redeem/woolencottage-designs?sale=315836