52 Weeks of Socks – a closer look and a giveaway!

This week is the second part of our posts about the wonderful new book from Laine Publishing, 52 Weeks of Socks. We’re looking at more of the patterns this week, and we’re also showcasing our fab collection of sock yarns, and some bits of haberdashery too! We are also running a giveaway this week, both here on the blog and on Instagram, so be sure to keep reading to find out more.

Beautiful socks

We want to showcase some more of the beautiful patterns from 52 Weeks of Socks! We are suggesting good substitute sock yarns here, as some of the yarns that are used are ones we do not carry at Loop. We also did a little run-through of some of the sock patterns that use yarns we do stock in our post last week, so be sure to have a look at that too!

We have a great selection of sock yarns to suit different budgets; we stock both hand dyed sock yarn, and more basic machine dyed yarn, perfect for every day ‘workhorse’ socks.

There are so many beautiful sock yarns in the world and no one shop will have them all. We think we have a pretty terrific selection though. If we suggest a different yarn to the original one used in the book, it’s not because we don’t love that yarn – we just don’t have space for every one. We’re sure they are all beautiful. We’re making suggestions from the stock we have based on matching it as close to the fibre content and ply.

3 Leaves by Paula Pereira

3 Leaves use Julie Asselin Nomade; we suggest you try Madelinetosh Twist Light instead. The Twist Light would give really great stitch definition to the lovely lace and cable details on these socks.

vervain by sachiko burgin for laine publishing

Vervain by Sachiko Burgin

Vervain use Neighbourhood Fibre Co. Studio Sock, but we suggest La Bien Aimee Tough Sock as an alternative.

Lucerna by Fabienne Gassman

We especially love this sock pattern, as Fabienne is one of our Loopettes! Fabienne’s socks use John Arbon Exmouth Sock held together with ONION Knit Silk + Kid Mohair. We think they’d be lovely knitted up in La Bien Aimee Tough Sock held with Isager Silk Mohair.

Craspedia by Andrea Mowry

These fun socks use Retrosaria Mondim, but we suggest Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock as a substitute.

Boyland by Caitlin Hunter

Sure to be an interesting knit, these colour work socks use The Farmer’s Daughter Fibre Soka’pii base, but we would suggest substituting it with either Lang Jawoll, or the Woolly Mammoth sock mini bundle. If you choose Woolly Mammoth, you can pair it with a special skein of sock yarn from your stash!

casual lace by isabell kraemer for laine publishing

Casual Lace by Isabell Kraemer

These socks by Isabell Kraemer are one of the pairs in 52 Weeks of Socks that use a heavier weight of yarn – these are knitted up in Retrosaria Brusca, a light worsted weight. We suggest using Brooklyn Tweed Arbor as a substitute. The lace will knit up speedily in this weight of yarn, and will make a very pretty pair of socks to wear with boots.

Garcia by Erika Lopez A

Garcia are knitted in Greta and the Fibres Raval, but we think they’d be beautiful knitted in one of the lovely colours in Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock.

Erika by Anna Heumann

This pair are great for wearing with lace-up shoes or cropped trousers! The suggested yarn is The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering, but they would be fantastic knitted in The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock.

Loop also stocks a few self striping sock yarns, that are perfect for jazzing up a simple sock. We have the Kremke Soul Lazy Lion sock yarn, and the Schoppel Wolle Crazy Zauberball. Both come in 100g skeins, so you will be able to make a pair of socks with one! The Zauberball is shown here with our Lykke DPN set in the small size.


Sock haberdashery at Loop London

Some of the sweet haberdashery we have at Loop is perfect for using when making socks. Shown here are the cute CocoKnits Precious Metal stitch markers, our ever-popular stainless steel Sock Blockers (these are available in 3 sizes), our Chiaogoo DPN sets (we have both bamboo and steel), and our Lykke DPN set in the small size. The socks are knitted up in Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock.

We also have plenty of stock of the Addi Crasy Trio needles; these are hybrid circular/DPN needles, and are absolutely perfect for people who love to work with DPNs.

This weeks giveaway…

This week we are running another giveaway, to celebrate the launch of 52 Weeks of Socks on Friday 14th February, next Friday!

We are running one giveaway here on the blog, and one over on our Instagram, @looplondonloves.

Here on the blog we will be giving away a skein of The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock in our special Loop colour Turbillion. To enter, please leave a comment below letting us know which pair of socks you’d like to knit first!

Over on Instagram we are giving away one copy of 52 Weeks of Socks! To enter, you will need to repost our photo from today (7th Feb) or post one of your own photos, using the hashtag #LoopLoves52WeeksofSocks, and you will need to be following both us, @looplondonloves, and Laine Publishing, @laine_magazine.

Both giveaways are closing on Thursday 20th February at noon UK time, and we will be announcing the winners on Friday 21st February. As always, you are more than welcome to enter no matter where you live, and you can enter both here and on Instagram. One comment or post per person though please.

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157 comments on “52 Weeks of Socks – a closer look and a giveaway!
  1. Peta-Ann Cowan says:

    Oh how wonderful all these socks are, I love the plainer ones. Lucerna would be my first choice . Such a beautiful curation of patterns from seriously talented people.

  2. Jules Foster says:

    I do so love colour work, so I’d start with Caitlin’s Boyland…..or would I ?
    So much sock loveliness.

  3. I’d knit the Garcia design. I love how it looks like gothic columns!

  4. Fiona Burrows says:

    I’d first like to knit the Craspedia pair of socks.

  5. Yvonne Stein says:

    It is difficult to make a choice, they all look great!
    I would start with Lucerna by Fabienne Gassman.

  6. Caroline says:

    Lucerna. Start with a short pair then take it from there

  7. Theresa says:

    I am smitten with 3 leaves, so it would be a huge goal to make a pair. I’m very much a beginner, but gorgeous socks are my dream, and why dream small?

  8. Kathryn Anderson says:

    I think I would start with Garcia – the details look so beautiful. Really looking forward to seeing all of the patterns in the books!bx

  9. Kate Griffin says:

    Such a difficult choice, but I think I’ll start with Lucerna, nice little short sock with a beautiful subtle design.

  10. Inge Gammelgaard says:

    Difficult to choose but I will knit the lovely “Erika” by Anna Heumann.

  11. Cate Hursthouse says:

    Garcia – it would be my first pair of socks so I need something that is not too complex and not too long.

  12. Katherine says:

    I’d knit Hey Brownberry’s design first

  13. Michelle says:

    Lucerna looks like a lovely place to start.

  14. Judith Hawley says:

    I want to begin at the beginning and keep going till I get to the end.

  15. Toria says:

    It would have to be the Garcia – the stitch pattern at the top makes me think of gothic architecture and I love it!

  16. Louise Ling says:

    It would have to be Three Leaves first!!

  17. Mandy Walker says:

    I’d knit Garcia first. I love that the pattern of the sick reminds me of the stone architecture you see in gothic cathedrals. So beautiful.

  18. Nicola McGovern says:

    I love Casual Lace, perfect for this cold weather.

  19. Samantha Coombes says:

    Oh those Garcia ones are so pretty, Would love to knit them in a pastel colour to wear with white sneakers…

  20. jam says:

    The Lucerna! They look like the kind of socks that would work with a pretty yarn.

  21. Denise Cripps says:

    Definitely ‘3 Leaves’ by Paula Pereira – I can think of nothing lovelier than mooching around at home with those on my feet… :)

  22. Tetyana says:

    Erika socks caught my eye.

  23. Allie Lazell says:

    I’d start with Boyland by Caitlin Hunter as I’ve never knitted socks before, but I love colour work and fun socks!

  24. Haylee says:

    Kanerva by Rachel Coopey. I love the pattern with the cables and columns.

  25. Britta says:

    It’s def8nitely three leaves for me! Love the pattern

  26. Tiina Terrinen says:

    3 Leaves socks would be my first ones.

  27. Stacia Smales Hill says:

    Erika for me. I cannot wait for my copy of the book to arrive. What could be better than 52 sock patterns! And thank you for suggesting yarn substitutes. More of that please as it is the one thing that perplexes me: I find a sock pattern I love and don’t have the yarn…

  28. Nathalie says:

    I would start wit Erika. The pattern are like fallen leaves.

  29. Alison says:

    Confession to make – never knitted socks before so would opt for the simplest which looks like Garcia!

  30. Teresa says:

    As I like them all, the choice is difficult!
    But I think I would start by doing Snippet.

  31. Helen Kurtz says:

    It looks like it’s an amazing book. I like the look of Garcia

  32. Susan Hobkirk says:

    Linea by Minna Sorvala is the pattern I want to start with nut it’s a very hard choice as they are all gorgeous.

  33. Beverley says:

    I would knit Garcia by Erika Lopez A
    I love the detail at the top with the finer lines going down the leg and across the foot. They look very comfortable of most shoes/boots yet are still elegant.

  34. Carmel Carroll says:

    Definitely Erika by Anna Heumann

  35. Monica says:

    No easy dicission……I would start with 3 Leaves by Paula Pereira – the Twisted stitches look so lovely.

  36. Suzanne says:

    I love the elegance of the Garcia Socks. Thank you for this giveaway!

  37. Ksenia Mozzhuga says:

    All designs are so beautiful! If I need to choose one to be the first, it would be 3 Leaves by Paula Pereira, these are simply gorgeous.

  38. Mary says:

    I would knit Erica by Anna Heumann lovely lace and cables.
    Just in time for warmer weather and cropped trousers!

  39. Annie B says:

    I’d knit Boyland first, I got that gut reaction when I saw them.

  40. Lisa DiCamillo says:

    I think I would like to start with the Garcia socks. I love the simple elegant design.

  41. Lucy says:

    They are all lovely but I think I would start with Casual Lace for some (almost) instant gratification in the heavier weight yarn.

  42. Nicola Whilton says:

    I love the look of the Garcia socks – they remind me of one called Tintern Abbey, which I will get round to trying one day, also! Currently I’m knitting some simple and satisfying Rye socks from Tin Can Knits.

  43. Mary says:

    I’ve decided that Hollingbourne by Stone Knits is my starting point and I will probably use La La Bien Aimee Tough Sock as a substitute for te original La Bien Aimee Mondim

  44. Mette Rimmen says:

    I will start up with 3 leaves

  45. Dm Stuart says:

    I love Craspedia – cute and modern!

  46. Ann Skoglund says:

    I would knit the Bembe socks as they seem to be very versatile. Also they look great!

  47. Mandy says:

    I think I’d start with Lucerna – subtly different.

  48. So many beautiful I would love to knit out of the lovely book, 52 Weeks of Socks. I think I would start with the Dear Björn as I love the simplicity and the colour chosen by the designer. Thank you for the opportunity!

  49. Tuba says:

    I would knit Lucerna first,it looks so delicate but they are all beautiful for sure

  50. Jacqueline says:

    So much exciting choice! I plan to begin with 3 Leaves, in Dr Zvivago Sky. Such a strong pattern deserves a string, almost tumultuous colourway!

  51. Anja says:

    Great tips on yarn substitution! I would start with Three Leaves, beautiful pattern :)

  52. Victoria says:

    I’d knit Craspedia by Andrea Mowry, though I never knitted socks! But that yellow gets me…

  53. Rosa bathory says:

    Oh craspedia are one of my favorite flowers, yet who can resist the call of casual lace…

  54. Melanie says:

    That’s tricky. Lotte have caught my eye so I think I’d start there

  55. Claire says:

    I’m going to KAL with a friend do we will need to decide together

  56. Kari HB says:

    So many beautiful possibilities! Elve or Carapins first, it’s winter here :), then Suokatu or Hollingbourne.
    Working through the entire book would be a wonderful thing!
    Thank you!

  57. Erol says:

    They are all stunning and I’d love to knit Craspedia first then all of them:)

  58. Kari HB says:

    So many beautiful possibilities! Elve or Carapins first, it’s winter here :), then Suokatu or Hollingbourne.
    Working through the entire book would be a wonderful goal, they are all lovely.

  59. Jacqui Galloway says:

    I’d like to knit Craspedia. They are beautiful and would provide a bit of a challenge to make

  60. Sheryl Collier says:

    I would really like to knit Vervain. I particularly like the leafy detail. What a super giveaway.

  61. Jill says:

    Casual lace. Would need to concentrate but what the heck. Let’s give it a go.

  62. Laura says:

    3 Leaves is a lovely pattern.

  63. Naomi Bowie says:

    Craspedia first. Then Vervain. And after that Three Leaves. Then……
    I could go on! The book looks amazing!

  64. Mary Greenley says:

    Garcia for sure, thanks for the great substituting yarn suggestions.

  65. Julie Abbott says:

    I have been knitting socks for a while but never got beyond a vanilla! So I would give Erika a go and challenge myself.

  66. Jane Cavolina says:

    My first will be the Bembe sock knitted in La Bien Aimee Tough Sock in Rust, which arrived from Loop this week and awaits the book. So exciting!

  67. kelly williams says:

    Ooh!!! I’m torn between Garcia and 3 leaves, both gorge!! I’ve only done plain or striped socks so far so a textureed pair would be soooo fun! Fingers crossed!

  68. Olympia Twomey says:

    Tough choice! But I think I’d go with Garcia!

  69. Rene Walkin says:

    I really love the Casual Lace socks by Isabelle Kraemer

  70. Michele says:

    Vervain-they’re gorgeous-and remind me of Spring.

  71. Karen Doherty says:

    I want to knit them all! But the 3 Leaves would be my first choice.

  72. Fiona says:

    Well there’s so many to choose from! I guess I’d like to knit: Casual Lace by Isabell Kraemer!
    Thanks Fiona

  73. Kelly says:

    What a gorgeous book! Vervain would be #1!

  74. Sarah says:

    I’m completely in love with Dear Bjorn!

  75. Ghazale says:

    Love all the patterns. My favourite one though has to be 3 Leaves by Paula Pereira! Can’t wait to knit one! :)

  76. Angela Myers says:

    I would start with Erica and hopefully they’d be finished in time for spring!

  77. Ulrike says:

    This beautiful yarn would be perfect for a pair of Monkey Socks! I like the energy in this pattern – the perfect match for the colour exclusive to Loop, which reflects the vibrant city of London!

  78. Barbara Kittleson says:

    I have yet to lnit lace socks so I’m starting with “Erika”.

  79. Lynda says:

    I would love to knit Lucerna by Fabienne Gassman – lovely pattern.

  80. Susanna Craib-Cox says:

    Lucerna (Fabienne Gassman) looks amazing!

  81. Tereza E. says:

    I’d love to make Cindy’s Choice by Isabell Kraemer first, it looks so irresistibly cozy!

  82. K Allen-Smith says:

    How beautiful they are, and the colours of Turbillion! Which sock would show it off best…?

  83. Helen Henry says:

    I would start with the first pattern and work my way through the book

  84. Kitten WAW says:

    I’d choose Boyland, ‘cuz, as a guy – it jest feels right!

  85. kip courtemanche says:

    I’ve only knit one pair of socks before, not very fancy. I think I would like to try Garcia.

  86. Benedicta Gray says:

    Which pair of socks will I knit first? How does one pick from so many lovely designs? Both my daughters (19 and 16) like shorty socks for the summer, so if I have to pick one pattern I’ll go with Erika by Anna Heumann. But you can be guaranteed they won’t be the last pattern I knit from this book!!

  87. Donna Ladas says:

    Beautiful designs! I would knit Vervain to start!

  88. Martina Day says:

    Oh I really like all the sock designs. I think I would start with the Garcia. Fingers crossed.

  89. Betsy says:

    I’m brand new to Knitting, but an experienced Crocheter, I’m so excited to learn everything! I think I would try Erika by Anna Heumann! It’s probably too complicated for a beginner, but I’m jumping in with both feet!

  90. Gail M says:

    3 Leaves by Paula Pereria would be my first of many.

  91. Martina says:

    Casual Lace! So beautiful!!!

  92. Hannah says:

    I’d love to knit the elve slippers by Kajsa Vuorela Fredriksson

  93. Cath Bellerby says:

    I love the 3 leaves socks and I would love to cast them on.

  94. Alice says:

    I would love to knit the 3 Leaves by Paula Pereira.

  95. Ayumi says:

    Suokatu will be my first choice!

  96. Carla says:

    3 Leaves by Paula Pereira would be my first!!

  97. Elaine Wolstenholme says:

    Spool hard to choose, but I’d pick Vervain

  98. Tuğba says:

    Craspedia would be my first choice,it is so delicate!

  99. Keryl Codrington says:

    I love the simple elagancy of Garcia.

  100. Beate says:

    Avena socks by Natalia Vasilieva have such an interesting pattern and construction!

  101. Sheila says:

    Three leaves

  102. Erica k says:

    Oh, I don’t know which I want to do first! I did see a test knit of Garcia using a lovely pink yarn that made my heart skip a beat. Needless to say I’ll be making a pink pair.

  103. Karen W says:

    I love Fiona Alice designs so it would be Alvar and I’d use something from my stash for the contrast yarn.

  104. Flo says:

    Definitely Garcia, as I love the detail at the top and the fine lines going down the sock. They look both simple and elegant.

  105. Melanie says:

    So many beautiful patterns and thank you so much for all the suggestions for yarn substitutes. I would start with
    Craspedia by Andrea Mowry, I love her patterns. Thanks as always for all the inspiration!

  106. Alicia says:

    “Boyland” could be really eco-friendly and use up bits of the stash.
    Or it could be a lovely excuse to be extravagant and buy a few new treats.

  107. Catherine says:

    The Candle Fkame docks are stunning, I hope I will have the skills to knit these!

  108. Carole C says:

    Difficult decision,but I think I would Knit 3 Leaves first.

  109. Haley Metcalf says:

    I think I would start with Garcia, but Lucerna would follow very shortly after!

  110. Marijke says:

    I would start with Imker by Apellaknits

  111. Gale Organist says:

    I would knit Garcia.

  112. Trish Austad says:

    Such a gorgeous book! I think the first pair I’d cast on would be Marceline Smith’s “Intersections”. I love cable-y socks!

  113. Lisa Kiernan says:

    I looked at all of the patterns on Ravelry, but I instantly took to the very first sock… 3 Leaves by Paula Pereira!

  114. Terri says:

    ‘Garcia’ would be my choice as a first pair of socks to knit

  115. Gail L. says:

    I’d knit Vervain by Sachiko Burgin ……. the book looks absolutely amazing.

  116. Cindy Keery says:

    I’d knit Garcia first

  117. Deborah D. says:

    Lol, I keep changing the sock order in my queue. Right now Andrea Mowry’s Craspedia is at the top. But Candle Flame by Mona Schmidt may pass to the front very soon.

  118. Sue says:

    Definitely Garcia – although there are others….just love the lines in Garcia!

  119. Kelli Winter says:

    I would love to make 3 Leaves by Paula Pereira

  120. Edwina Mackinnon says:

    I would begin with Lucerna by Fabienne Gassman as I live the simple elegant design.

  121. Elle says:

    The casual lace design looks so comfy and relaxed

  122. Helen Wilson says:

    VERVAIN my 1st choice!

  123. Jane Stewart says:

    Casual lace in teal green

  124. amy kadison says:

    I would make my first socks a pair of Lucerna!

  125. Emma Fitzsimmons says:

    Lucerna by Fabienne Gassman, but too many choices!

  126. sue j says:

    They’re all extremely tempting! I’ve never knit any heavier weight socks, so I’ld like to try Isabel Kramer’s Casual lace.

  127. Tamara says:

    Thanks for such a great giveaway! This book might just get me knitting some socks. I started a pair, many months ago, and they are still waiting to be finished. My go-to knitting will always be garments. However, this book looks too good to pass up. Choosing from the patterns you’ve highlighted, I’d knit the 3 leaves design by Paula Pereira. I haven’t knit with The Uncommon Thread yarn yet, so I’m keeping everything crossed.

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  129. Kathryn Hoyle says:

    Hard to choose, but I think I would knit Garcia first.

  130. Kath Gale says:

    I love the design’Vervain’ by Sachiko Burgin-so pretty. Loop’s blog is so informative and the give away would be lovely to cast on.

  131. Julie says:

    I love those Boyland socks; I’m a fan of Caitlin Hunter, and these look fab!

  132. AngelaM says:

    I would love. To knit Garcia socks

  133. Zahra Damji says:

    I cant wait to cast on the Dear Björn socks. Maybe using the Sphaira colourway of the Life in the Long Grass Fine Sock

  134. Vanessa B says:

    3 Leaves would be my choice of pattern. Beautiful. How I would love to knit enough socks to only ever wear handknitted. Bliss.

  135. Andrea says:

    I would have a really hard time deciding between Three Leaves and Vervain. I would probably have to knit both as they are so gorgeous.

  136. Joyce says:

    Love to knit socks with this fabulous yarn

  137. Marie says:

    I love all the patterns but Lucerna would be my first choice. Have a good day

  138. Felicity says:

    I would love to knit Garcia – so delicate and pretty.

  139. Cristina says:

    I love all of them but I would start with Craspedia by Andrea Mowry,charming!

  140. Laura says:

    I love reverse stockinette socks, so I would have to go with Vervain!

  141. e l dupras-carceles says:

    Garcia or Lucerna!

  142. Connie Harris says:

    I think I would knit Erika, but they’re all gorgeous!

  143. Michele OReilly says:

    I want to start with Craspedia! Lovely

  144. Trudie Bills says:

    Craspedia – they look like a fun knit!

  145. Page says:

    3 leaves! I’ve never won a Loop giveaway but maybe this time!

  146. Sara Bennett says:

    3 Leaves ♡

  147. Clare McKenna says:

    So many beautiful designs – 3 Leaves (Paula Pereira) would be my first cast-on, followed swiftly by Garia (Erika Lopez A) or Candle Flame (Mona Schmidt). And then the Elve slippers (Kajsa Vuorela Fredriksson) . It is such a stunning collection, I want to knit them all!

  148. Bernadette says:

    Vervain- such a pretty design.

  149. Anna says:

    I would start with Heartichoke but Tributary would follow closely behind. I rather like working my way through all the patterns and all the colors of The Uncommon Thread!

  150. Rhian says:

    I’d love to have a go at the Craspedia socks – they look wonderful

  151. Gaelle says:

    I’ve just learned how to knit socks and I must say now I’m obsessed! I would start with the Garcia model. Tough call as all models are really beautiful!

  152. Naomi says:

    I would probably start with Erika, but there are so many beauties!

  153. Gale Coschi says:

    Turbillion is a lovely bespoke shade!
    I love texture and would make Vervain as one of my first knits from 52 Weeks of Socks!

  154. Daniela says:

    Erika by Anna Heumann, certamente :D

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