Tuesday, 8 December 2020

A treat for your feet! Jolly Holly Socks - available now!

Are you looking forward to a cosy Christmas? Maybe one wrapped up warm by the fireside? Do you fancy a new pair of socks to keep your toes extra warm while the snow falls outside? The Jolly Holly Socks are just what you need

I LOVE Christmas socks and wear them as soon as I see the first Christmas decorations in the shops. These festive Jolly Holly Socks are made using aran weight sock yarn, making them perfect for pottering around the house as you’re wrapping your Christmas presents. Are you a gift-knitter? The Jolly Holly Socks would also make a great gift – if you don’t have any aran weight yarn to hand you can use sock-weight yarn held double – as they’re nice and quick, and come in load of sizes!

The Jolly Holly Socks are knitted from the cuff down with a heel flap and gusset construction. The contrast cuff is knitted, then a short colourwork section is worked to transition into the striped leg. The rest of the sock is knitted in a simple stripe-pattern, until just before the toe, when a second colourwork section is added; the sock is finished with a contrast heel and toe. The toe is Kitchener-free, finished by gathering the final few stitches. The foot length of the socks is adjustable to fit.

The pattern is written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted using either the magic-loop technique, short circulars or DPNs, depending on your individual preference. The pattern also features helpful hints for beginners.

Want to get your hands on the pattern? It’s available now on Ravelry* and PayHip, and if you use the code HOLLY you can have 20% off (ends 11.59pm GMT, Monday 14th December 2020).

The pattern will also be available on LoveCrafts very soon.

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Here’s everything you need to know…

Sizes

A (B, C, D, E, F, G)

Finished sock circumferences: 11 (13.5, 16.5, 19, 22, 24.5, 27.5) cm [4.25 (5.5, 6.5, 7.75, 8.75, 9.75, 11) in]; for the best fit, choose a size that is approximately 2.5 cm [1 in] smaller than your foot circumference.

Leg length to heel: 7.5 (10, 12.5, 15, 18, 20.5, 23) cm [3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) in].

Foot length is adjustable.

 

Tension

22 sts and 32 rnds = 10 cm [4 in] in stocking stitch and worked in the rnd on 4 mm (US 6) needle(s) after wet blocking, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

 

Yarn

Aran-weight yarn in the following colours and amounts:

·        55 (85, 120, 165, 215, 265, 335) m [65 (95, 135, 185, 240, 290, 370) yds] C1 (red)

·        5 (10, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30) m [10 (15, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35) yds] C2 (green)

·        15 (25, 35, 45, 60, 70, 90) m [20 (30, 40, 50, 70, 80, 100) yds] C3 (cream)

Amounts are approximate as the amount of yarn used will depend on the length of the foot, which is adjustable.

I would recommend using a dedicated sock yarn that is tightly plied wool and has some nylon content for durability.

You can also knit these socks in 4-ply sock yarn held double. If you do this, you will need double the yardages listed.

 

Needles

·        3.5 mm (US 4) and 4 mm (US 6) DPNs, 15 cm [6 in], set of 5, or

·        3.5 mm (US 4) and 4 mm (US 6) circular needle, at least 80 cm [32 in] in length to work magic loop, or

·        3.5 mm (US 4) and 4 mm (US 6) circular needle, 22.5 cm [9 in] in length

 

Notions

·        Stitch markers x 5

 

Pattern notes

The instructions are for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses: A (B, C, D, E, F, G).

The sample details are as follows: Novita 7 Veljestä (7 Brothers) (aran, 200 m per 100 g ball, 75% wool, 25% nylon) in 549 Christmas (C1), 366 Nettle (C2) and 010 Off-White (C3). Knitted in size E, to fit a UK women’s size 10 [foot length 27.5 cm (10.75 in)].

Pattern edited by Jo Torr.

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Want to get your hands on the pattern? It’s available now on Ravelry* and PayHip, and if you use the code HOLLY you can have 20% off (ends 11.59pm GMT, Monday 14th December 2020).

*Ravelry link. May causes issues for people with photosensitivity, proceed with caution.


 

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