For a few years, I’d heard of people knitting self-striping socks during Advent. Eventually, I learned where this special yarn came from – The Cozy Knitter. I bought it at the first opportunity last year, which I’m pretty sure was in the summer. Yep, I was not going to miss out on Advent socks in 2020!
The Cozy Knitter has been dyeing Advent self-striping yarn for several years. Here’s how the yarn works…. Each day is a new stripe so all you have to do is knit a stripe a day. So, if you keep up, at the end of Advent, you have knit a pair of socks. How cool is that?!
Since this was self-striping yarn, I wanted vanilla socks – pure and simple. And so I fell back on my favorite pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks.
I splurged when I ordered the yarn and got the coordinating mini skein in the natural colorway. And the more I knit on the leg, the more I realized I wanted to try my first afterthought heel. As terrified as I was of cutting my yarn to insert the heel, my curiosity won and I decided to try it.
Pattern: Basic Top-Down with Heel Flap by Charlene Schurch (Sensational Knitted Socks)
Yarn: The Cozy Knitter Bliss
Colorway: 2020 Advent Stripe
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: 6 weeks
I enjoyed these socks so much that I just kept knitting and knitting on the tube during the month of December (I think I was putting off the afterthought heel business). Usually, I do not prefer a high leg, but I decided that this pair of socks would be the highest one yet!
For the heel, I watched a tutorial from The Crazy Sock Lady and followed along with her, which was super easy to do. The hardest part of picking up the stitches. I didn’t have a tiny needle with which to go about this (I’ve since ordered some) and this gave me a lot of frustration. I’m a super tight knitter and this just wasn’t easy. After that, it was super easy and I didn’t have any holes in the knitting at the join or anything! I still can’t decide which heel I prefer. I may have to knit another pair of socks with the afterthought heel before I decide!
These socks were lovely and such a good way to count down until Christmas. Knitting that stripe everyday was almost a meditative experience for me. It was so relaxing and joyful…. I just may have to make these socks every Advent!