Cozy Up Socks for the Family
Posted on August 06 2021
These handmade socks are appealing in every way: they’re fun and quick to knit, require some interesting moves, and are endlessly varied—in color, shape, and size! Equally important, they just feel good to wear. They’re cozy and comfortable, and they’re personal. If you’ve been lucky enough to receive a pair of handmade socks at some point, you know what we mean. When you put them on, there’s a moment of connection with the person who made your socks. And if you’re the maker, you feel that you’re offering love and comfort in your gift.
Cozy Up Socks, by Ann Budd, come in three sizes, small, medium, and large, to fit everyone in the family. The pattern includes instructions as well for socks in three different Stone Wool yarns, Corriedale, Cormo, and Romney + Merino. The simplicity of Ann’s design allows the individual characteristics of these yarns to take center stage, showcasing their natural, rustic beauty.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the reasons we love knitting these socks in these three Stone Wool faves!
Our mill-spun yarn, Stone Wool Corriedale, is a cozy Aran weight with all the warmth and cushiness you expect in a good wool yarn. The Corriedale breed was developed in New Zealand by crossing fine-wool Merinos with longwool Lincoln sheep, a combination that created soft-to-the-touch wool with a long staple length. The blend strikes the perfect balance of hard-wearing and soft. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that we combine colored fleece with white before spinning to make a misty weathered gray, then we overdye the yarn to create lovely, muted colors.
Our first mill-spun yarn, Stone Wool Cormo stays true to its roots, using springy Cormo wool from a pair of ranches located in Wyoming and Montana, and crafted with the perfect, fine-tuned spin to create a yarn that’s an instant classic. We worked with our mill to create a special method of fiber preparation, one that marries woolen and worsted processes. The result is a unique yarn with woolen-spun's airy loft and worsted's strength. Springy, lofty, and with a substantial hand, Cormo offers crisp stitch definition and elegant texture in knitting—perfect for the Cozy Up Socks! As you can see in the picture above, Cormo is also a great choice for colorwork and stripes.
Romney + Merino Socks
Our Stone Wool Romney + Merino is an all-seasons DK weight yarn with an irresistible hand. We worked with a small mill in upstate New York to spin lustrous long-staple Romney with soft Merino to make a 2-ply DK weight. Together, these fibers create a soft, sturdy yarn with a feathery halo and gentle drape. A yarn nicely suited to just about everything, including cozy socks.
Ready to cast on the Cozy Up Socks? Knitters of all skill levels will enjoy the straightforward approach to their design. The socks start at the toe and are worked to the cuff, featuring tidy short-row toe and heel construction. Let a good yarn color inspire you, or embellish these basic socks in any number or ways: Try them with contrasting heel and toe colors, add stripes, knit-and-purl patterns, work in a simple Fair Isle pattern, substitute a ribbed cuff for Ann’s garter-stitch one—whatever you fancy.