The May MKG meeting (held Tuesday May 15 at the Textile Center) was all about socks! Members were invited to bring enough sock yarn to knit a pair. At the meeting, they exchanged their yarn with that from another adventurous attendee, and picked up a free sock pattern or two. (For MKG members who remember previous “sock exchanges,” that wasn't what this was; we exchanged only the yarn, not a finished pair of socks.)
If you're new to knitting socks, or if you want to jazz up your sock repertoire with a few free patterns, here are some possibilities:
- Granny's Garret. An Austrian knitter shows photos of the socks she's knitted, and gives you some free patterns here.
- Sockbug Blog. The wreath of socks on the upper-right-hand corner of this Texas knitter's blog says it all. Keep scrolling down on the right column for links to pdf files of a host of free patterns, such as the “Lava Flow Socks.”
- Pepperknit Blog. This East Coast knitter who signs herself “Mintyfresh” (don't miss her photos of making and finally modeling a knitted skirt!) puts links to pdf's of her sock patterns prominently in the upper left-hand corner of the page.
- See Eunny Knit. Eunny Jang, a prolific knitter based in Maryland—and the new editor of Interweave Knits magazine—provides a link to her intricately cabled “Bayerische Socks” here.
- Interweave Knits Magazine. Since we mentioned Eunny Jang, we should also let you know that if you sign up for the magazine's new free online newsletter, you get two sock patterns for free.
Knit a pair for yourself, for a friend, or for no one at all. Just have fun!
Rebecca Ganzel Thompson is the MKG Infomaster and newly elected historian.