Last year was my first year getting The Cozy Knitter’s (TCK) Advent skein. And it was so much fun that I had to do it again this year! I love Advent and having a project like this, to keep track of the days, is so very special.
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The Cozy Knitter has been dyeing these Advent stripe skeins for several years now. The idea is simple: each skein comes split perfectly in two with plenty of stripes to knit one every day. You can easily get two pairs of socks out of this skein. So, you do a stripe every day of Advent and, by Christmas, you have a pair of socks!
My only tiny complaint about this year’s skein is that it was very similar to last year’s. And I didn’t love last year’s. I definitely preferred this year’s to last but I would have liked for them to have been a bit more different.
The base pattern for these socks was my favorite vanilla sock pattern from Charlene Schurch. I keep coming back to this recipe because it’s just so good!
Pattern: Basic Top Down Socks with Heel Flap by Charlene Schurch
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: 1 month
For these socks, I cast on 72 stitches with a larger needle. I then switched to the US 1 for the remainder of the cuff. After the cuff, I decreased to 70 stitches. And these fit me perfectly. For the heel, I did my favorite Eye of Partridge. I just can’t get over how much I love this heel!
I knit this leg a little taller than usual, knowing I’d be wearing these mostly in December. Then again, it was in the 80s on Christmas Day last year. Sigh.
As I knit these socks this past December, I wondered if I’d want to do them again next year. They’re a great project to do in the holiday season but I just don’t want three similar pairs. I guess I have time to decide!