As you saw recently, I knit a lot of Christmas socks for my family and gifted them at Thanksgiving. Everyone had socks in time for the Christmas season! The last of these socks that I finished were for my dad, using a beloved sock set from Must Stash Yarn: Elf’d and Holly Jolly. I adore this set and it was a blast to knit with.
Let me tell you more!
I purchased Must Stash’s Elf’s and Holly Jolly sock set at the DFW Fiber Festival in 2019 after eyeing it for a few years. And it was just as gorgeous in person as on-line!
Because I’m always hesitant to use the yarn I love most (yes, I’m weird and love to hoard my favorites), I still hadn’t knit with it at the beginning of 2022, when I started picking out Christmas yarns for my family members. And because my dad loves red, I knew this was the perfect yarn for his socks!
Because the yarn can speak for itself, I chose to knit vanilla socks with the traditional heel flap and gusset. I used two circular needles, modifying the Crazy Sock Lady’s pattern just a bit.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks on Magic Loop by Crazy Sock Lady Designs
Yarn: Must Stash Yarn Elf’d and Holly Jolly
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Made for: my dad
Time to Completion: 2.2 months (interrupted by Twists and Turns)
In the process of knitting these socks for my family, I finally had to knit socks for men. I saved my dad’s for last because his were the most complicated. Though his feet aren’t a big size, his ankles swell. So that meant I had to do some serious math to try to find the perfect fit socks for him.
And they fit!! I was ecstatic when he tried them on and they fit perfectly! In reality, they could probably be a bit tighter, but since he’s older, I wanted these socks to be easy to get on and off. So I made sure my cast on was super stretchy and I even added some stitches to the cuff.
I love how these came out! This yarn is just too precious! I can’t recommend it enough!