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Knit socks for cold feet

Dec 9, 2013

Icy toes deserve handknitted socks.

Colorado has been in the clutches of record cold temperatures, and many other areas across the United States are iced over, too. A toasty fireplace is one way to stay warm, but the best way to keep your feet cozy wherever you go is a pair of handknitted wool socks.

    
Sure, there are summer anklets and lovely lacy beauties, but 'tis the season for the warmest possible handknit socks. And when you're looking for warmth, look for stranded patterns. As warm as a regular pair of wool socks can be, Fair Isle socks are twice as warm. When you carry the unused yarn as floats behind the working yarn, you create an extra layer of wool that traps heat right next to your feet. It's almost like wearing two pairs of socks.

Stephanie van der Linden's new book, Op-Art Socks, features 20 new knitted sock patterns, including a dozen stranded colorwork socks. Yaacov (the colorful pair on the cover) and Maurits even have stranded toes and heels, which will prevent both holes and chills. They're fun, too, with optical illusions and three-dimensional elements and designs that tease your eye.

The book isn't all stranded colorwork, though. There are knit-purl designs that add depth and texture; tilted and traveling patterns that give a sense of movement; and unusual constructions that will have you head-over-heels.

   
 
Maurits, inspired by M.C. Escher,
features stranding on heels and toes.

Albers combines colorwork, shadow
knitting, and modular construction.

Fibonacci is an elegant exploration in mathematics and knitting.

Stephanie's one of my favorite sock designers, so I've been eagerly anticipating the release of her book. Check it out and make your chilled toes happy!


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