It is pretty tough to find a masculine sock pattern--especially Just The Right Masculine Sock Pattern, one that your particular Masculine Person will wear. Sometimes I think (with all due love and affection) that men are pickier than women are when it comes to such things. It can't be too much this, it has to be blue or brown, no, that yarn has too much yellow in it...
And of course, Father's Day is coming up on us in only a few weeks. Sure, you could get Dad the traditional Father's Day tie, but what if he's 80 years old, retired, and has enough ties to circle the globe six times? Plus...let's be honest. Can you seriously face one more trip to the mall to look at the necktie section? Doesn't that thought just make you want to run screaming into the night? (Or at least shudder for a moment?)
But socks...everyone needs socks. And perhaps Dad is secretly jealous of all the other folks in your life who are wearing your hand knit socks. The manly shouldn't suffer their whole lives in store-bought footwear just because they're manly.
Here's an idea: Dad wears herringbone suits sometimes, right? Maybe herringbone sweaters? So why not a pair of herringbone socks, knit up in his favorite shades of blue, grey, or brown?
Voila: This Friday's free pattern is our Herringbone Rib Socks by Kristi Schueler, an excerpt from our book Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn. There's nothing fussy or dainty about these socks; the herringbone pattern is easy to work and suitable for ranch or cubicle wear. The rib pattern has lots of stretch and the pattern comes in two sizes. These socks have Father's Day Present written all over them!
And four weeks is plenty of time to whip up a pair of socks (even in his rather large size!).
Show Dad some handknit love this year. (Or Grandpa? How about Grandpa? Elders get chilly in summer's over-ambitious air-conditioned rooms, you know.)
(And you know what: No one could blame you if you wanted a pair of your very own for those times when you don't much feel like something lacy yourself.)
If you love knitting with handpainted yarn, and want more great sock patterns--socks for every taste and skill level--look for Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn at your local yarn shop, or buy it here.
Download the free pattern for the Herringbone Rib Socks.
Keep those needles clickin'!
Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.
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