I usually show you something I’ve finished when I post the title Wednesdays Are For Knitting. This week, though, I need your help selecting a sock pattern. You see, it has been determined, by Hannah and I, that I will knit her socks to wear on her wedding day. She’s wearing these adorable Kate Spade sparkly sneakers and we think a pair of hand knit socks will be just.the.thing.
I was going to knit the socks with some Fleece Artist yarn I’ve hard for ages but I was . . . ahem . . . perusing The Loopy Ewe the day after we made this decision and I found Dream In Color Smooshy (with cashmere) in a beautiful shade of blue called . . . wait for it . . . Iceland. It was fate, I tell you.
The truth is that Hannah would be perfectly fine with a pair of my plain ole picot edge socks. But. These are wedding socks, friends, and I feel like they need to be a little extra, you know? There are things to consider, though. One is that Hannah isn’t a big fan of too much going on with socks. Another is that the pattern needs to be simple enough that I can get them done without fussing over them too much. I was really leaning towards my old standby, Feather and Fan, because the pattern is easily memorized and I know they will fit. But then I thought, I’ve got an arsenal of knitting experts at my disposal. Perhaps I’m missing out on a pattern that would be perfectly wonderful for wedding socks.
So, I’m asking. Given all I’ve mentioned, what sock pattern would you recommend I use?
Inquiring minds want to know!
“Vintage Fairy Lights” by Helen Stewart – sock pattern available in Ravelry. Many Icelanders embrace the concept of elves so this pattern would be a nod to that tradition. I’ve knit this pattern and it does turn out well. Wishing much happiness to your daughter!
I really like the feather and fan!?
Mary K. in Rockport says
Something very lacy, but I don’t know what? The sparkly sneaks are quite a statement, and you would want something congruent.
What a brilliant idea and what gorgeous yarn! That color is perfect! I have some literary suggestions… which I thought might be perfect with that yarn and those shoes!
1. From Ambrose Smith’s Miss Marple Collection… Poison Pen Socks. (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/poison-pen-socks)
2. From Ambrose’s Sense and Sensibility Collection… Elinor Socks (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elinor-socks)
Girl… you got lotsa knitting to do! 🙂 If you need some help… I would be happy to volunteer! XO
I think you should knit a pattern that is quick and fits, but maybe include something special that denotes the day. Maybe some duplicate stitching with their initials or the date? You are much more a sock wizard than I! I am going to love seeing the picture of this wedding.
I really like the feather and fan!?
Ooooo! Check out any of Helen Stewart’s socks. They are lovely – and many of her designs would be perfect for Hannah (her taste, especially — simple with a bit of elegance). Helen’s patterns are also incredibly well-written and a joy to knit. That yarn is just gorgeous! XO
This is a great idea and I love that yarn! I like the feather and fan idea, but here are a couple of other suggestions.
Mint Tea Socks (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mint-tea-socks)
Heart Socks (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-socks-3) If Hannah wants uncomplicated socks you could just do a couple of hearts instead of a whole string of them.
I can’t wait to see the Iceland wedding socks. Cast on and get knitting!
I am just knitting my first pair of socks with a all over pattern so I am no expert but I would agree with Helen Stewart sock patterns. She has some lovely patterns. And I love Hannah’s style!
I love it. Socks, in Icelandic Blue!
A few favorites of mine, no order, just as I came across them–
1. Black Rose Sock Suzi Anvin
2. Nutkin Sock Beth Lapensee Knitzi.com
3. Jaywalker Socks Grumperina
4. Girl on Fire Cookie A
5. Monkey Sock Cookie A
6. Sleepy Hollow Sock Lori Law
I’ve knit all of these several times. I’ve made many others but these are ones I return to on a regular basis.
(Thanks to the Yarn Harlot’s Ravelry Archive (searched by sock), for the assist on the names. I found many of them through her blogging.)
Judy Shaw says
Looks like you’ve found some beautiful yarn! What about showing Hannah some of the patterns and let her choose? The idea of a pattern with hearts appeals to me, but I love feather and fan also. If she’s wearing sneakers, maybe she’d like a pair of anklets instead? Ravelry has lots of choices: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=anklets At any rate find something fun and have a great time preparing for this exciting occasion!
I like the Fairy idea!
Beautiful yarn and you’ve gotten some great suggestions here. I do like feather & fan and the heart pattern Bonny suggested is good. A pattern I recently used is “I Smell Snow” (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/i-smell-snow) – easy to knit, easy to memorize and Iceland & snow! Can’t wait to see what you knit up!
Maybe mock 2×2 cable.
I have nothing to offer but virtual support and encouragement! I saw the photo and immediately thought Something Blue … and Something ICELAND Blue is clearly meant to be!
Not a sock knitter, so I’m no help. I do have to state for the record that I would have been disappointed if you had left this yarn behind after discovering it. And yes, something blue (and new)!
So many great suggestions! I immediately thought of a new release I saw the other day… Lavender Field Socks by Helen Stewart. They have just a little bit of lace & a pretty edging. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lavender-fields-socks
Helen Mathey-Horn says
Something Old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Old “Feather and Fan pattern”, New sock yarn, something blue yarn…just don’t know what is borrowed? Time? needles?
Here are 2 patterns that are quite plain, with hearts, if Hannah is into that: Love Struck Hearts by Terri Knight, and A Pair of Hearts Socks by Donna Edgar