Posted on 6th Mar 2016
If you love to knit socks or just new to sock knitting, you are following a great historical tradition. The oldest knitted artifacts are socks from Egypt, dating from the 4th century. They are done in a very fine gauge, and knitted in a complex colorwork pattern with a short row heel. By the 15th Century, the men of France and Italy led the way with their fine hand-knit silk stockings. Men found that the stretchy fabric had two benefits: ease of movement and an ability to show off a shapely leg. Aristocratic Britons were soon following their European neighbors, and knitted silk stockings became the rage among the British fashionable elite. Originally, “bluestockings” were simply common-or-garden socks; the ‘blue’ referring to the greyish hue of the worsted yarn from which they were spun and knitted. Rather than the costly white silk that was favored by her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots famously wore stockings of blue worsted at her execution.
Socks make a great small take–along knitting project. Sock knitting styles and preferences are almost as varied as the colors of sock yarn available. Toe-Up, Cuff-down, Dutch heel, short row heel, grafted toe, round toe, using double pointed needles (DPNs) or circulars, the possibilities are almost endless. Socks are ideal small canvases for the skills and preferences of knitters: made with beautiful hand-dyed, or colourful self-striping yarns. Current sock designs range from the gorgeous to the whimsical, with beaded tops, lacey cuffs, and intriguing heels.
We at Whimsical Yarn have chosen SWTC Tofutsies – as our favorite sock yarn standard. This yarn was the featured yarn in the 3 Sock-a-la-Cart book series.
A tried and true yarn stash staple, Tofutsies will not let your toes down.Check out Sock Yarns