Like much of North America, it’s been spectacularly, depressingly cold around here lately. The kind of cold where you put on at least three layers before heading out, smirking about how you’ve planned this outfit so well that no cold shall penetrate your shell. Until one gust of -30F wind hits you straight on in the face and you run for the closest heated area in your vicinity. It’s the kind of cold where you wish you could shirk all responsibility and never, ever, ever leave your warm, comfortable, perfect bed every again.  It’s the kind of cold that makes you very glad you on a lovely pair of woolen socks (or two or three).

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Project: Prairie Spring Socks
Pattern: Prairie Spring by devonshire Knots
Yarn: Knit Picks Hawthorne in Belmont

After a long-distance love affair with Tahnée’s socks, I had to make myself a pair. (In a blatent copycat moment), I was hoping to grab some graffiti yarn at the Boxing Day sale, but they didn’t have any in fingering weight, so I pulled some Knit Picks Hawthorne out of my stash and got to work over the holiday break.

Photo_Dec_29__12_45_38_PM_medium2These socks seemed to come together in no time at all. I worked these one-at-a-time because I knew the traveling stitches would give me a nightmarish headache if I tried to figure them out working two-at-a-time magic loop. I didn’t have even an inkling of second sock syndrome. The pattern is completely intuitive, and once you get started it is really hard to put them down.

2014-12-29 12.31.13I was a wee bit worried that the 72-stitch cast on would be too big for my feet, especially with my gauge being 1 stitch off, so I went with 64 stitches instead. But the twisted stitches make them super tight to get over my heels, so I would suggest sticking with the larger cast on and maybe adjusting the number of stitches on the foot if they are coming out too big down there. Other than that, I didn’t make any other modifications and I would definitely knit this pattern again.

I also enjoyed working with the Hawthorne yarn – it is a beautiful, budget friendly choice for hand dyed sock yarns like Malabrigo or MadTosh. And if you get it on sale (like I did with the cyber Monday sale this year), it is an amazing deal on decent quality yarn. I’m wishing I had stocked up on more skeins now (one in every color!).

Stay warm out there, everyone (except poor Australia and the koala bears) and enjoy your lovely knits.

21 Comments on FO: Prairie Spring socks

  1. These look so cosy, Brandy!
    Unsurprisingly, the cold is what kept me from coming to Knit Wits last week- I’ll be there this week, assuming no more polar vortexes.

    • Socks can be so intimidating because the stitches/needles are small. But really they aren’t too hard and there are lots of great patterns to practice with worsted weight yarn before tackling the tiny stuff. And they are addicting to make, too, once you get started. 🙂

  2. I love how these came out and the pattern works just as well for (semi) solid colours! Maybe I should make a second pair, hmmm… I agree the pattern was very intuitive and hard to put down! I’d check the patten for the first few rows and from there one you can just go on without too much thinking.

    The weather in Canada sounds seriously intense! Wool socks will definitely help. Stay warm and safe!

    • I usually am really bad at one at a time socks, too. I usually avoid patterns that can’t be worked two at a time. But I loved these socks so much, I couldn’t pass up the pattern.

    • That is always my mission – I am a cold-blooded person always looking for ways to get warmer. If it looks good, too, even better!

    • Hawthorne comes in some beautiful shades – some more tonal, some more variegated. I am a giant sucker for lovely handpainted yarns.

  3. Very beautiful! I love socks that are tight around the heel so that sounds rather perfect. I have wool for my first ever hand knitted pair of socks but I’m procrastinating due to fear of the unknown. And I worry about that bit around the toe that looks a little bulky. Do you find that the seams rub on handmade socks?

    • Joanna, all the socks I’ve ever knitted don’t have seams. The toes are worked by either increasing (if you are starting from the toe, working up) or by decreasing (if you start at the leg and work down). On top-down socks, the toe is then grafted together using kitchener stitch, so you don’t have a seam. Hopefully, you shouldn’t be left with any excess fabric that can rub when you wear them. I’ve never had a problem with hand knit socks rubbing at all. Which is part of why they are so fabulous!

  4. OMG! Stunning! I may have to shamelessly copy you, as this pattern may be perfect for some crazy variegated yarn I have that’s not behaving! Thanks for the notes on the 72 stitch cast on, too. I would’ve been worried about such a large cast on as well!

    • I worked mine on a 2.25mm needle, so it may depend a bit on your preferred needle size, too, but these aren’t a very stretchy pair of socks to start with, so a larger cast on for the leg, at least, is probably a good idea.

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