Basic 4ply Knee High Socks - free pattern
How high do you like your socks to go?
(Long post warning ...!)
Until last year, I'd never considered knitting knee high socks. I like to wear mine mid-calf and it wasn't until a flurry of enquiries about longer socks that I started to give it some consideration. Add to that a request for a pair of long socks for a certain yarn manufacturer's Christmas socks book and I had to think again.
"But who wears long socks?" I asked. They made me think of cold days in draughty school corridors before woolly tights became an easily-attainable necessity, and long before the days when I could live in my jeans and short boots. Added to that, all of that knitting ... and calf shaping ... but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to know. I asked about it on social media and suddenly it all made sense.
You can wear long socks with wellies, with riding boots, with motor cycle boots, with fashion boots, to keep your legs warmer or simply because you like them. It was like a whole new sock world had opened up to me (oh, I love it when that happens!) and as if to confirm that this was definitely a type of sock that I should add to my Basic Socks collection of patterns (the others are 6ply Boot Socks, DK (8ply) Boot Socks and Basic 4ply Shortie Socks and there's an Aran version on the way later this year), even more requests for knee high socks landed in my various message inboxes. The Universe has realised that sometimes it needs to bash me over the head with an idea before I listen - but now I was all ears!
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