Posted on 10-10-2022 by Muriël Blom
Just like that, summer is gone. The cool temperatures of the past few weeks have had us reaching for our handknitted sweaters and sipping copious cups of hot tea. On the bright side, it means we can all (finally!) spend our evenings on the sofa, snuggled under a cozy blanket, with our latest project in hand. Like us, you are probably already rocking your favorite baggy sweater and super comfortable sweatpants, but what about your feet? Still cold? Then it’s high time you knit yourself a warm pair of house socks! In this blog post, we share all you need to know about knitting yourself some house socks.
Some suffer from this more than others: cold feet. There can be several reasons why your feet feel cold, but generally, as the ambient temperature drops, so does the temperature of your feet. And once they are cold, feet don’t tend to warm up very easily on their own. That's why it’s a smart idea to prevent your feet from getting cold in the first place. How? With house socks, of course!
Suitable yarn for making house socks
House socks come in all different shapes and sizes. It’s therefore important to choose a yarn that feels comfortable to you. If you can happily wear most yarn fibers, then here are a couple of things to consider.
For the warmest option, choose yarn with a high wool content. Think sheep’s wool or even mohair. Do you wear your handmade socks a lot, or do your feet get cold very quickly? Then opt for alpaca wool. This fiber is considered to be warmer than most other types of wool and is also very strong.
Are you allergic to wool or prefer not to use it? Then there are still plenty of other suitable yarn options. There is sock yarn made for purpose from acrylic, polyamide, viscose, and silk. Want to know more about different yarn fibers in general? Read all about fiber content here.
Tools for knitting socks
The handicraft most commonly used for making socks is knitting. You can knit them with a short sock circular knitting needle or with a set of double-pointed needles. Additionally, a pair of sock blockers always comes in handy. They will help get your finished socks into the right shape and make sure both socks are the same size. You use sock blockers as follows: first, knit your socks, then wet them, slide them onto the blockers, and leave them to dry. It’s as simple as that! The sock blockers even come in different sizes, so you can easily find the perfect-fitting sock blockers for your shoe size.
For the (newbie) sock knitter, we also sell handy sock knitting accessories kits that come with all the tools you need.
Inspiration for making house socks
Feeling inspired to cast on a pair of house socks? Find the pattern of your sock-knitting dreams below.
1. Knitting Pattern Durable December Snow Socks
2. Knitting Pattern Stripy Socks
3. Knitting Pattern Tutti Frutti Socks
Now that you’ve read this blog post, you know all there is to know about knitting your own socks. Have you finished knitting your first pair? We’d love to see them! Share them with us via Instagram or Facebook. Looking for more knitting inspiration? Dive into the world of knitting here on the blog.