Over the past few weeks, Amy Miller, one of my favorite knitting pattern designers, has released four patterns for low socks. They're adorable, and they're quick.
I love all of them, and intend to knit them, but was particularly take with the pattern for It's a Gansey. Ganseys are hand knit woolen sweaters, worn by fisherman in Britain. They were knit on tiny needles for warmth and to be waterproof, with shifting patterns that identified their village and family, so their bodies could be returned home for burial in the event of an accident at sea. These cute little socks change in patterning across the foot, mimicking the traditional approach to knitting a Gansey. I'm going to follow Ravelry knitter MStephanie2's very clever idea, and knit each patterned band in a different color.
From left to right, that's Muslin, Lost Coast, Dear Theodosia, and Lady Mary, all on Elliebelly BFL Constant.
All four of Amy's little sock patterns, found together here, are just right for some quick gift knitting. I'm envisioning Jimmies in a variegated Paintbrush Yarns and perhaps a quick pair of Netties because the cables (or are they faux cables?) are so sweet. I'm so glad I found these sweet little patterns and can't wait to cast on!