His Simple Socks


If you follow my Instagram feed you’ll have seen that I’ve been sewing pink gingham curtains for Miss Button’s bedroom.

I have to tell you that I was snow blind with pink gingham!

All of these are interlined, French blackout, with buckram and hand pleated headings. That’s 4 layers to be locked together before you even think about adding the buckram and pleats.  It’s slow work but the end result is worth the effort.  I never fail to be delighted when a hand stitched curtain is hung.  Despite the grumbling and cursing the construction inevitably produces

I’ve also sewn a blind for Boy’s London themed bedroom.  It’s also French blackout, which is even more effective in a blind than a curtain!

Life has also been full of house plans, garden clearance and fencing, revision, final exams, doctors appointments and diagnoses, walking 10k steps a day to fundraise for Cancer Research, and just the general minutiae of daily life!

Whilst all of these are good things, by the end of the day the most I’ve been able to manage is box-setting Madam Secretary (soooo good!) and a little knitting or tapestry.

The sock on the needles at the moment is my usual, and much loved, Regia pattern, however, I recently ventured a little off sock piste and tried a new pattern. I’m so glad I did. Although I have to confess that I was forced to do so as a result of picking up some luminous yarn that was on sale in John Lewis only to find it was 3 ply.

It was a serendipitous purchase, as it pushed me out of my comfort zone, if only by a smidge. Whilst there isn’t a massive amount of choice in 3 ply sock patterns, having found His Simple Socks by Elizabeth Seidle I didn’t feel like I was missing out. This  is super pattern that is well written and easy to follow.  The stitch pattern is simple enough for mindless tv knitting, but a little more engaging than plain stocking stitch.

The heel is reinforced which is a nice touch and pleasant to knit.

And I love how the toe, instep and heel look crisp against the patterned section.

Obviously we veered away from the sober, gentlemanly colour scheme of the original with this bold chartreuse.  That’s how we roll in these parts.

I didn’t swatch.  Which I should have done, as they came out a little on the snug side. Thankfully not too snug!  But next time I’ll go up a needle size just to make them a little more relaxed.

Whilst I missed Woolfest,  it’s not too long to wait until Yarndale, especially with the summer holidays looming large.  When I’m there I think I’ll keep my eyes peeled for some lovely 3 ply yarns to make these again.

Project notes

Pattern:                             His Simple Socks

Pattern cost:                     $3.50

Yarn:                                 Bergère de France Goomy 50

Colourway:                      Imprim Jaun

Purchased at:                  John Lewis

Yarn cost:                         About £6

10 Responses to His Simple Socks

  1. What lovely fabrics and those socks are fab, so very vibrant. Hope that all is well with the family. The blinds are gorgeous. Xx

  2. Marianne says:

    The blinds are fabulous! Lucky kids!

  3. Kim says:

    All very nice – and blackout blinds/curtains are wonderful at this time of year.
    I’m impressed with the 3 ply knitting! I’m working on a 4 ply pattern at the moment and that’s as low as I want to go!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Blackout is a blessing!
      I love knitting with finer yarns. Actually more so than thicker ones. I know it takes forever but the end result is so worth it.

  4. Everything looks fabulous. I need to make some new bedroom curtains for us, maybe I’ll tackle blinds instead!

  5. Tialys says:

    3 ply! You brave thing – they look fab though.
    I used to make more home furnishings than I do now but your blind has reminded me that it can be fun and very satisfying. However, no need here because every window has shutters – which is a very good excuse – although I do have some voile curtains here and there as window dressing.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      We very nearly went for shutters, but I do love having fabric in the rooms to baffle the sound of small people stampeding like marauding wildebeest.

      I did enjoy the 3 ply…it’s really quite relaxing.