Monday, 3 January 2011

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

3 comments:

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!

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