As I mentioned in an earlier post, I joined Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society this year. By joining, you get a discounted price on six sock patterns, released throughout the year. The Samphire Socks pattern was the second pattern released and I immediately liked the cabled laciness of the pattern.
Helen Stewart calls for a solid-colored yarn for her Samphire Socks. But I own very few solid skeins of yarn, so I debated which lightly speckled skein to use. I was so in love with the Woolen Boon I’d bought just a month or so prior, that I chose to use it. And I’m so glad I did.
The depth of color – and the speckles – of this Boon skein are just charming! I fell more and more in love with the color as I knitted along. And the speckles in no way detracted from the intricate pattern.
Starting off, I decided to make this shortie socks. I have no need of a long leg here in Texas, where it’s hot nine months out of the year.
These socks have an intriguing pattern that was super easy but does not look easy. As long as you follow the pattern, this is a fun knit! The hardest part is SSK – slip, slip, knit. I’m learning that I don’t really enjoy this stitch. It’s not hard but it hurts my fingers! As long as I’m not doing it consecutively, in lace, I’m good. But this stitch is not my friend in lace!
Pattern: Samphire Socks by Helen Stewart
Yarn: Woolen Boon Rival – Boon Rival
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Made for: me
Size Made: medium
Time to completion: 3.25 weeks
These were a quick knit – but life got super busy so they took a bit longer than I expected. To make them shortie socks, I did the cuff and then started the heel. So easy!
These Samphire Socks are so pretty knitted up. If you’re tired of vanilla socks and want something easy but more engaging, give these a try!