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Donegal Aran Socks

When Bioniclaura came to stay for KnitNation she very kindly gave me some Donegal Aran Tweed Yarn. The yarn is made in Ireland in a mill in Kilcar, County Donegal and I bought a little more of it when I visited the Knitting & Stitching show in Dublin with p/hop in October.

As I'm supposed to be making 52 pairs of socks this year of course I made socks. The yarn is lovely to work with and though it feels a little rough at first after a gentle wash in some soak it softens up beautifully.

I made these socks toe up, using Judy's Magic cast on for the toes. I cast on 18 stitches and increased every other round using YOs knitted through the back loop to 36 stitches on 3.75mm needles. They have a standard heel flap and gusset and were very quick to knit, taking one evening per sock.

Donegal Socks

I gave this pair to my Mother in Law for Christmas and she is very happy with them. Though she loves all my knitting and often contemplates nicking things I have made for other people like some yarny magpie.

The socks used one skein of grey and one of purple. I think I'll make a pair for myself as they make great house or hiking socks.

Donegal Socks


Bionic Laura said…
Glad you finally got a Christmas and I hope you're over the flu now. Awful dose...

Those socks are fab! So pleased you liked the yarn, it's great stuff. I'm useless with socks but think I could manage these as they're in aran weight. You're right they'd be perfect as hiking socks.
finngarianknits said…
Love them! They are gorgeous!
Anonymous said…
Many thanks for an excellent post

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