One of my first indie dyer loves was from Germany, Herbstblatt Regina. The speckles that this dyer produced were awe-inspiring. When I finally ordered – just once – I bought three skeins of yarn for socks. And then, shortly thereafter, Herbstblatt Regina stopped dyeing. I was devastated. Since then, I’ve been hesitant to use the yearn – because once it’s gone, it’s gone. But I finally had to knit with it – so here are my Vanilla Cupcake Socks.
This yarn base is a 75/25 but is unlike any other 75/25 base I’ve ever felt. It’s a much woolier feeling base, meaning these will be great for winter. With that in mind, I decided to make these taller than my usual short, Texas socks.
This colorway actually came with a bright pink mini that I missed until it was too late! I’ll have to use that mini for my next pair of Herbstblatt Regina socks!
I relied on my formula from Charlene Schurch for these socks. Given this yarn is a bit thicker than my usual sock yarn, I went up to a 2.5 mm needle. That felt strange!
And I continue to play with numbers to find the perfect sock fit for me. I think I’m getting close…
Pattern: Basic Top Down Socks with Heel Flap by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Herbstblatt Regina Oak Sock
Colorway: Vanilla Cupcake
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Made for: me
Time to Completion: 1.5 months
These were so much fun to knit! The speckles are so amazing. The pops of gold, yellow, and pink are just delightful!
I cast on 72 stitches on a slightly larger needle, a US 2, and then switched to the 1.5 mm. After the cuff, I decreased my stitches to 70 and then, after the heel, to 68. I’m really liking how those numbers work for my feet. For the heel, I did an eye of partridge pattern, which is quickly becoming my favorite.
And I can’t wait to knit with my other skeins of Herbstblatt Regina!