Instep Hug

Who doesn’t want a “hug” each time they put on a pair of socks?

I wish I could say that the idea was “original”, but the reality is that I got it from a pair of fasciitis plantar socks I purchased that had tight ribbing at the instep.

These are another pair of “Fool Socks” for my dad and I thought I’d give him the warmth in two ways–a thick 100% wool sock with a bit more comfort, like a hug, on the inseam.

Since I have not seen this “embellishment” on any sock pattern, I thought I’d share it here.

These are toe-up socks, but it can work in either direction. In my case, after finishing the toe (12 rows) and the broad part of the foot (20 rows), I reduced the pattern by 4 (one each side, front and back), knit one row straight and then knit a 1×1 rib for 20 rows before increasing for the ankle on these toe-up socks–same as the ribbing on the ankle. To get all of the details (including the “tulip-top”) you can check out my Ravelry project page.


They look a bit funny, to be sure, but they feel… comforting. And can’t we all do with a bit more comfort in our lives?

Titillating Toe-up Socks

This weekend I looking for a way to make sock knitting a bit more bearable. My husband has gone crazy for them! I did I test run with some worsted acrylic I had lying around in a bright variegated yarn called “Lava”.

The "hole" truth
The “hole” truth

As I’ve mentioned before, they were just a prototype. I never thought he’d wear them, but on completion–he HAD to have them. In a few short months he’d loved them to death and demanded a replacement pair–in the same “lurid” color. It wasn’t worth knitting them in that same bad yarn which will only wear out quickly again, so I hunted up a similar color scheme in wool. Cost a pretty penny too!


Since this is expensive yarn I want to use it wisely–making them as long as possible. That requires then to be toe-up. So I’m at it again—looking for an easy way out—so frustrated by the toe-up patterns that cause me nothing but heartache.

Enter Staci and

  • Want to learn how to knit two socks at once on two circular needles? Here’s how:
  • Want to do a provision cast on for magic loop socks (because I can’t seem to get other method to work)? She’s got you covered:
  • Want to make sure the socks don’t get holes? Reinforce them! And this will come in handy so that I don’t have to knit another pair so soon.


It’s still in the early hours of knitting these little follows, but I’ve come a lot further in a much shorter time with a little help from Staci.