Last week, I shared some tips on knitting socks for your friends and family. I’m following up today by sharing a few patterns that I’ve used successfully for gift socks. Put these in your queue, or use them as a guideline for finding your own go-to patterns.
|No-Purl Monkeys in Socks that Rock, “Hobbit Garden”|
- Cookie A’s Monkey socks and the No-Purl Monkeys variation: a pretty, easily-memorized pattern that looks especially nice in yarns that stripe or semi-stripe, like Blue Moon Fiber Arts’ Socks that Rock
- Glenna C.’s A Nice Ribbed Sock: a classic sock formula. A ribbed sock helps ensure enough stretch for a good fit
- Mandie Harrington’s Bowties are Cool: this pattern is one of many that applies a stitch from a stitch dictionary to a basic sock. Simple stitch patterns composed of knit/purl variations work well for gift socks because they are generally simple but create an attractive texture, while maintaining a good amount of stretch.
- In the same vein, Erica Lueder’s The Weasley Homestead and Hermione’s Everyday Socks are Ravelry classics
|Hoarfrost in Socks that Rock, “Bleck”|
- If you’re interested in something a bit more complicated, I’ve had good luck with Louise Tilbrook‘s sock designs (most recently, I’ve made Hoarfrost). They make very pretty socks that are easier to knit than they appear (so, good for impressing your sock recipient without stressing yourself too much). Her patterns are well-written, and although many of them feature cables, she accommodates for that in her recommended cast-on numbers.
|Stepping Stones in Malabrigo Rios, “Pearl Ten”|