The Herdwick wool #swatchalong has rapidly resulted in a pair of socks, and not only that, two pairs of socks. The grey Herdwick wool knitted up nicely, and I now have a very warm pair for padding round the house in. They were quick to knit (in aran/worsted weight wool), so I thought ‘why not knit a pair for Mr L?’. We are not given to sporting his and hers outfits, so this is a one-off.

I found some pure wool skeins, which I’ve had for a while, in the loft. I don’t know if this is a particular breed of wool as I bought this from a charity shop – what a lucky find: I rarely find pure wool in charity shops. I’d not used it as, like the Herdwick, it seemed a little itchy for a woolly jumper or cardigan, but at any rate, it’s a suitable manly colour and seemed to have the qualities I described in #Swatchalong: Herdwick swatch.

charity shop wool

The pattern is from Classic:15 timeless designs to knit and keep forever by Erica Knight, called ‘Slouch Socks’. They are knitted as one flat piece and seamed together. As I’ve only previously knitted socks in the round, I thought I might end up with an ugly, ungainly seam rather than an invisible seam, but by using grafting, it turned out fine.

Invisible seam
Grafted seam

They are simple, functional socks, but they have a pleasing quality that is hard to find in regular shop bought socks. We have just come out of a brief cold snap, during which they were very welcome!