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.
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
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
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.
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.