I felt bad when Sean’s birthday came around last month and I didn’t have any socks for him. He really does love his knitted socks. He even wrote about it here. After knitting socks for myself, knitting them for Sean is the most satisfying thing to do because he wears them all the time and is always so appreciative. It’s nice.
So the day before his birthday in November, I cast on a pair of socks and finished them yesterday. I was going to save them for Christmas but he’s seen me knitting them, has tried them on, knows all about them. What would be the point of the charade of wrapping them?
Here they are. I call them Handsome Socks because I really think they are very, very good looking.
The yarn is an old favourite of mine Zitron Trekking XXL. I have made socks for Sean out of it before and it wears and wears. It’s amazingly nice to knit with and yet still sturdy and durable, which as we all know, many sock yarns aren’t. Many of the more durable yarns aren’t that nice to knit with. This stuff ticks both the boxes.
Don’t you love the tweedy colour changes? It was fun watching the colours emerge on this. The colour way is 101, if you find yourself looking for it.
The pattern was also a repeat performance. If it works, it’s worth doing again right? It’s Nancy Bush’s fabulous Gentleman’s Plain Winter Socks with Dutch Heel from Knitting Vintage Socks.
One of the great things to love about this pattern is the long, long cuff which for someone like Sean who has slim ankles blossoming out into a full calf, is a great feature.
Also, the foot is made narrower than I’m used to – you know how after the heel you usually reduce stitches down to the number you began with at the cuff? Not these ones. You reduce down to about 10 stitches fewer than you cast on with and Sean says they feel really good.
Finally, the really great feature of these socks in the Dutch Heel. Check it out. It looks kind of like a boomerang on the base of the foot. I once had a stern woman at SnB tell me she had Dutch women in her knitting heritage and no one had ever made something called a Dutch Heel. I wish I had said at the time, hey, take it up with Nancy Bush. I’m just following a pattern.
Whatever it is, I like it and it fits Sean well.
He has loads now. They should keep him going for a while.