New Yarn + 3 Tips for Styling Handmade Knit Socks
Styling Knits

New Yarn Day + 3 Tips for Styling Handmade Knit Socks

I was super excited to get this yarn in my mailbox on Monday.  As soon as I got the delivery notifications (hooray, technology!) I rushed right out to get it.  Which, if you don’t know me, is not my typical behavior as I usually let the mail pile up for a few days (sorry mail carriers, I know I’m terrible!).  And I don’t usually go for yarns with multiple variegated colors, but after seeing it on Hey Lady Hey’s Instagram feed I just had to have it.  I guess you can call it an impulse buy, but I have no regrets.

Hey Lady Hey Sock Yarn in Sis Boom Bah

Hey Lady Hey Fingering Weight Yarn in Sis Boom Bah

When I opened the packaged, I was a little perplexed at the true colors since they varied a bit from the Instagram photo, but I still love it regardless and I think the color is perfect for the end product I have in mind.  And the fiber itself is so great!  It’s a soft, lofty merino wool that has lots of squish without being too drapey.  It’s a generous fingering / sock weight as well, honestly the perfect yarn base for a pair of snuggly, autumn socks.

Yup, that’s what this hank is going to be, a glorious pair of super fun socks!  I haven’t yet decided on the exact pattern to use, but the only requirement I have is that the fabric must be relatively simple and plain so the yarn can be the shining star.  So no fancy lace or cables.  My go-to simple sock pattern is usually A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C.

A Nice Ribbed Sock in Pancake and Lulu Yarn

My Cotton Candy Ribbed Socks

But I’ve always wanted to make a pair of Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina as well.  I’m just not sure if this is the right yarn for the pattern.
If you have any suggestions for a simple sock pattern, share them with me in the comments!

And as promised, I have a few tips for how to wear your handmade masterpieces.  We all know that simple handknit socks are really comfy, especially when that cold, autumn weather rolls around, but they can be a little challenging to work into your wardrobe, especially if you’re not a super casual kinda person.  But no worries!  I have a few ideas for styling those beloved handmade knit socks and making them work with a variety of styles.

With Skirts

Skirts + tights are one of my favorite outfits to wear when the weather starts getting cold and adding an extra layer of snuggly sock is a great way to add a little personality to my look and a little extra warmth to my feets.

Knits Socks with Tights and A Skirt Mood Board

With Jeans

Of course, you can always wear your knit socks with your favorite pair of jeans and favorite sneakers, but it’s no fun if you can’t show off all of your hard work!   So how do wear them for all the world to see?  Give your jeans a little roll and wear some simple d’orsay, low heels.

Knit Socks with Jeans Outfit Mood Board

ModCloth Shirt | Madewell Jeans |  Cotton Candy Ribbed Socks | Seychelles Flats

With Boots or Booties

This is a great look when you need to be as warm as possible (I’m looking at you Northeast winters!) but still want to be a little cute.  And the best part is that it can work with any length boot, even booties!

Knit Socks and Boots Mood Board

Also, let’s not forget the best way to wear those snuggly socks: paired with PJs, while curled up on the couch with a big mug of coffee on a blustery winter morning.  I mean, really, that’s kind of the best.

Do you guys have any favorite ways to wear your knit socks?

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