Squirrel Picnic

Handmade with Love and Stuff


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


Year of the Sock: February

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My socks for February are complete! They were made with “I know we shall have reveling tonight” from The Amy Lee Show’s Canon Hand Dyes line of sock yarn. I picked this skein up last year at the Interweave Yarn Fest. It’s made of 80% merino wool and 20% nylon. A perfect combination! And aren’t the colors fun.

Squirrel Picnic'c Year of the Sock February Yarn Canon Hand Dyes

This month’s sock had a rough start. Originally I thought I might try a toe-up pattern that I found from a reputable source on Ravelry. But by the time I had finished the heel, it was a disaster. I’m not sure if it was something I had done or the pattern, but the sock turned out way, way, way too big.

Squirrel Picnic's Year of the Sock February 2

Thankfully some helpful friends on Facebook and Instagram convinced me to frog it and start a new pattern. It’s amazing how liberating it can be to unravel your work… once you get started.

Squirrel Picnic's Year of the Sock February 3

I chose to return to the book More Crocheted Socks by Janet Rehfeldt.

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For this sock, I used the pattern “Hello Sunshine.” And I’m really glad that I did. It was so much fun.


It had just enough stitch variety to keep things interesting without becoming too complicated.

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The unique texture on the leg is created with a sequence of single crochet and treble crochet stitches.

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The heel flap is also done in an interesting way. You crochet around the front loop only for every other row to create another fun texture. This forms a strong fabric for the heel as well.

Squirrel Picnic's Year of the Sock February

The foot is made with mini-clusters of single crochet plus half-double crochet stitches to create this playful look. The self-striping yarn responded really well to this stitch. Check out that magic!

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Podge especially loves these sock colors. Look at how well they go with her skin tone (er, fur tone).

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Join me next month for a new exploration into the wonderful world of crochet socks. I’ve been dreaming of spring and I think March’s sock will be a fitting way to usher in a season of new beginnings and beautiful pastels.