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Year of the Sock: October

This month, Patricia and I challenged members of our Year of the Sock crochet group to crochet socks for Halloween. I put together a roundup of Halloween and fall-inspired sock and slipper patterns to get the ball rolling.  The idea was to use the provided patterns to crochet a pair of Halloween socks, or get inspired by the other patterns and color palettes to design a truly unique pair of socks. I was so thrilled by the socks that people crocheted. Continue reading



Year of the Sock: April

I’m continuing my year-long salute to crochet socks with a pattern called “Ripple Socks” by Karen Ratto-Whooley in her book I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in Big Top.

Year of the Sock: April

Special features:

Toe-up method
Short-row heel
Stitch for foot: extended single crochet
Stitch for leg: chevron pattern, 3 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-sp, 3 dc, dec Continue reading


Year of the Sock: March

Year of the Sock_March 4This month has been very eventful at the picnic, as I’m sure you can imagine, with the release of The Big Acorn Race on March 9. I thought that after the book was finally out, I would be a little less busy than I had been during production. Boy was I wrong! I’m as busy as ever. But it is work that I love, so it never feels like real work. Still I am rather impressed with myself that even with everything happening, I found the time to complete my March pair of socks.

Year of the Sock_March 9

This month I decided to pair this super soft, hand-dyed merino from Cozy Rabbit Farm with another pattern from Janet Rehfeldt called “Cotton-Candy Confection.” This pattern has been my favorite so far. It’s just so unique and so very much fun. Continue reading