September 01, 2020 19 min read
Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine and publishing house based in Finland. Laine cherishes natural fibres, slow living, local craftsmanship and beautiful, simple things in life. Their intention is to inspire you to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.
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52 Weeks of Socks is a unique look into modern, international sock knitting.
The designers behind the 52 pairs come from all corners of the world. They have used different yarns and techniques in their designs, that are either intuitive and relaxing to knit, or more challenging. This beautiful book is a future classic, that you will return to again and again.
Jili by Ainur Berkimbayeva
The inspiration for these socks came from my memories of the socks my grandma made and gifted when I was little. They were colourwork socks, which I learned to make later on, but the memories of those first ones are forever imprinted in my heart. Grandma only knitted socks, and she only used her own handspun yarn because of low cost. When I read the submission call for this particular publication, it evoked memories of those woolly socks Grandma lovingly made from her handspun, often undyed yarn. In my design the diagonal lines created with colourwork knitting are replaced with twisted rib patterns.
The socks are knitted in the round from the cuff down using the afterthought heel construction.
Branches by Amanda Jones
These socks have been designed using a complex, all over textured design that flows from the cuff down to the toe. I have combined two stitches to form an open rib going into a cross stitch, bordered by a rounded mock cable down the leg like viens of the sage leaf. This stitch has enough detail to keep your interest as you are knitting.
These socks are knitted in the round from the cuff down with a heel flap and gusset.
Kuntum by Amelia Putri
Kuntum are a pair of lacy socks with a stitch pattern that reminds me of a flower that is about to bloom. The ribbing on the cuff sets up the main stitch pattern as the cuff pattern integrates seamlessly with the leaves and the flower. As it is a cuff-down design, the flower seems upside down, but I personally like it this way because then the person wearing the socks can admire the motif from their point of view. The right and left sock are worked the same.
These socks are worked from the cuff down with a heel flap. The lace motif is placed at the front while the back of the socks is worked in ribbing.
Lurik by Amelia Putri
The design for the Lurik socks was inspired by intertwined tree branches. The diagonal cables run from right to left and from left to right as right and left socks are mirrored. Worked in ribbing these socks are not only beautiful but also very comfortable.
These socks are knitted from the cuff down with increased gusset all the way to the heel and instep.
Craspedia by Andrea Mowry
Socks are a way for me to play! I love playing with new techniques and stitch patterns and seeing what sort of fabric they will create. Socks are the perfect small canvas to explore. For Craspedia, I dug into all sorts of texture – honeycomb cables, slipped stitches and even tiny little bobbles. Mondim is one of my favourite yarns and I’m always a sucker for ochre yellows! If you look, you can see how these socks inspired one of my sweaters – the Daydreamer!
These socks are knitted from the toe to cuff. After the toe is completed, the top of the sock will be worked from the Cable chart and the bottom of the sock will remain in stockinette stitch. These socks include a fleegle heel, which ensures you won’t have any little holes on the side of the heel gussets.
Erika by Anja Heumann
The Erika socks are inspired by the nature in our garden and the beautiful landscape around our small village. Erika is the name of a plant species which blooms especially in late summer and autumn. It’s also the name of my best knitting friend – a sweet little lady with a huge knitting knowledge. But she never learned sock knitting from her mother. Maybe we will knit these socks someday together.
The socks are knitted in the round from the cuff to the toe. The front of the sock contains a lace pattern while the rest of it is worked in simple stockinette stitch.
Alicja by Becky Sørensen
Inspired by my Polish heritage, these slippers are my interpretation of traditional Polish slippers which incorporate texture, colour and beautiful details to make these woolly slippers a treasure to cosy up in every day! The decorative details don’t only serve to delight, but to add strength and structure to the fabric – a technique that can be returned to later, to mend these heirloom slippers.
The slippers are knitted toe up in the round (similar to socks) with some bobble detail at the toe, before gradually binding off stitches for the foot opening, during which the piece is worked flat before joining in the round for the heel, which is shaped with short rows. The decorations are added afterwards using duplicate stitching and simple stitching around the opening, with the addition of a tassle on the toe.
Boyland by Caitlin Hunter
The Boyland socks feature a graphic colourwork design as well as bobbles and the heel and toes are knitted in a contrasting colour.
These socks are worked from the cuff to the toe. The heel is worked using German short rows.
Hollingbourne by Charlotte Stone
These socks were inspired by my visits to my Grandma in Hollingbourne Road, London when I was a little girl. She had a love for making and was always working on something when I came to visit, whether it was knitting, sewing or even felting little stuffed animals for me to play with. The colourwork pattern reminds me of the curtains in the attic room of their Victorian house where I would stay. I would lie and stare up at the pattern and look through to the blue sky outside.
These socks are knitted from the cuff down with a short row heel.
Bembe by Dawn Henderson
This design was inspired by traditional motifs carved into wooden masks, by the Bembe people of the lower Congo area in Africa (via African Designs from Traditional Sources, Geoffrey Williams).
These socks feature a simple, graphic pattern made up of a purl-stitched triangular and diamond motif on the front and back of each leg. The design begins with the German twisted cast-on and is worked cuff down. Instructions are included for a heel flap and gusset with a rounded heel as well as a slightly rounded toe.
Tributary by Diana Clinch
The vivid green colourway of Sweet Fiber is the perfect match to the wide, bold cables featured at the front of the sock. The back of the sock is worked in ribbing.
These socks are knitted toe up with a heel flap and gusset.
Fizalis by Elena Potemkina
In this design, a beautiful, intricate lace pattern rises from a background of twisted ribbing.
These socks are knitted from the cuff down beginning with a Tubular Cast-On. The socks feature a heel flap and gusset.
Lotte by Emily Joy Rickard
Friendship is a love that runs deep through our core. We may not always be together, going weeks, months or even years without seeing each other but when we do, it feels like only yesterday. Knowing you have that friendship can put loneliness at bay in the knowledge that our paths are ever entwined.
Cables reflect our paths crossing and that the avenues available to us and how we connect are tenfold, no one is ever too far away.
This pattern is worked from the cuff down with a 2 x 2 rib and features a heel flap and gusset. The design uses a combination of cables and cluster stitch.
Garia by Erika López
‘Garia’ means wheat, one of the cereals grown in the fields of the Basque Country, my homeland. I like to choose names in my mother tongue (Basque) for my designs, as it is where I like to look for inspiration, more so now that I live in a different place. So when I read about your submission and looked at the mood board you prepared, I was rapidly transported to a cool morning surrounded by wheat fields, gently swiping at the mercy of the wind. These socks try to represent those wheat spikelets – but really the could be the timid wildflowers of early spring too.
These socks are worked from the toe up. The motif runs as a knit stitch on a purl background at the instep and starts to be all around the leg after the heel has been shaped. They incorporate a short row heel and a so-called Princess Sole (stockinette stitch facing inside).
Lucerna by Fabienne Gassmann
Lucerna is inspired by specks of dust dancing in rays of misty morning light, streaming into a dark room, trickling through lace curtains. An Estonian Knobby Cast-On and a cuff of moss stitch is followed by variations on Rice Stitch on a background of reverse stockinette stitch. The textured stitches gradually fade away over the length of the leg and reappear towards the toe.
This is a short, cosy sock, knitted top down, with an eye of the partridge heel flap and classic French heel turn.
Alvar by Fiona Alice
Inspiration for this pair came from the apartment building where I stayed on my first visit to Jyväskylä's Knit Festival in 2017. This apartment building was designed by Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. The unassuming hallways and stairwells were filled with inspiration. The simple lines and geometric shapes created within the spaces caught my attention. Even since, I had been meaning to translate this inspiration into a design and this felt like the perfect fit for Laine's sock publication.
These socks are worked from the toe up with a traditional slip stitch heel. Each contrasting stripe is worked in intarsia.
Raw Honey Rose by Gina Baglia
This design was inspired by winter and rose gardens, and named after the gorgeous Raw Honey colourway that makes up the main colour of these socks.
These socks are knitted cuff down and feature a reverse stockinette heel and toe. The colourwork is worked at the cuff and the lace pattern is throughout the sock.
Lumme by Heidi Alander
Lumme, meaning ‘water lily’ in Finnish, features a beautiful lace pattern on the cuff and the tow of the sock. The lace pattern rises from a background of garter stitch. Left and right socks are alike except from the toe.
These socks are worked from the toe up and feature a short row heel knitted in garter stitch.
Toivoharju by Heidi Alander
A beautiful traveling lace panel starts at the cuff and flows down the front of the Toivoharju socks. There are separate instructions for the left and right sock.
These socks are knitted from the cuff down with a heel flap and gusset.
Snippet by Helen Stewart
The Snippet socks have a chevron panel down the front of the leg with a column of faux cables down each side. The back of the leg is knitted in plain stockinette.
These socks are knitted cuff down with a heel flap and gusset.
Cindy’s Choice by Isabell Kraemer
My aim was to create some traditional-looking stranded socks that were in a thicker gauge to make them snug, toasty and wearable. I hope that the colourwork is simple enough for a beginner but also appealing to a more experienced knitter.
These socks are knitted cuff down with a short row heel.
Casual Lace by Isabell Kraemer
I wanted to give a modern twist to the school socks from the 70s. These are made with a worsted weight yarn which makes them warm and cosy whilst still retaining the delicate and lacy quality.
These socks are knitted cuff down with a short row heel.
Riverbed by Joji Locatelli
A beautiful lace-cable runs down the front of the sock and the back of the leg while the rest of the sock is knitted in reverse stockinette stitch. There are separate instructions for left and right sock.
These socks are knitted from the top down with a heel flap and gusset.
Heartichoke by Josephine & the seeds
This design is inspired by a beautiful and nostalgic memory me and my mother cherish together. In the coldest days of winter, when we were alone at home, we had this comforting tradition: we used to sit together, very close to each other, on the old wooden family table, near the chemney fire. And we shared a steaming pot of artichoke, eating slowly, petal after petal, until we reached the heart. The pattern features an elegant curved line on the toes, derived from ballerina shoes. The delicate lace pattern on the leg was inspired by the form of an artichoke, as well as each petal.
These feminine socks are knitted toe up and feature a comfortable reinforced heel.
Elve Slippers by Kajsa Vuorela
‘Elve’ is an ancient Swedish name. A name that takes my thoughts to enchanting fairytale elves. How they silent and magically dance in mother nature’s foggy sceneries. Wearing these light and easeful slippers makes me feel like dancing. Soundless and smooth, like the elves, in the still of summer nights.
These slippers are worked from heel to toe and knitted in the round. You start with an almost invisible two-colour cast-on. You knit the heel in the round, make an opening for the foot and then continue knitting in the round until decreases for toe. The special decreases in the top of the toe gives a perfectly fitting boxy shape. You finish the slipper by knitting a i-cord edge round the foot opening.
Oona by Karen Borrel
For this pair of socks I wanted something very feminine and delicate. The lace motif is quite easy and intuitive and the soft colourway of the yarn is the perfect match, a real treat for your feet.
The sock starts at the cuff down to the toes with an eye of partridge heel flap and a gusset for an ultimate fit.
Suokatu by Katrine Birkenwasser
Walking down Suokatu in Kuopio, following the geometry of the urban grid plan and then reaching a lovely yarn shop, being warmly welcomed and surrounded by gorgeous yarns and friendly knitters. The design of Suokatu socks was inspired by this contrast, and it combines geometrical shapes with the softness of wool.
These socks are worked toe up. The cable pattern begins after the toe on top of the foot and continues around the leg. The sole is worked in simple stockinette stitch and there is a gusset before reaching the heel. The heel has an extension and heel flap.
Lazy Daisyby Kristine Vejar
When designing these socks, I wanted to highlight the yarn, so created a simple stockinette sock. To create the colourway ‘Sundappled’, we take marigold petals from our dye garden, and press them into the yarn, resulting in little speckles of gold, orange and yellow – bright and cheerful colours to bring warmth and a bit of summer magic to a stormy, chilly afternoon.
These socks are knitted toe up using the Magic Loop method and with an afterthought heel.
Mica by Kristine Vejar
I was inspired by the shape of a circle, and through sketching pulled at its edges, landing upon the current design. I easily imagine sitting by the fire in the winter, wearing these socks and knitting, with a hot cup of tea. The colourwork pattern is easy to follow making these socks perfect for beginners, too. These socks are knitted top down with a heel flap and gusset construction and a wedge shaped toe.
Porch Light by Lindsey Fowler
Porch Light was the first design in a series I have started of alternative uses for popular sock sets that go beyond the typical heel/toe/cuff. The motifs in the sock were inspired by night knitting. The fading sunset colourwork in to the eyelet and bobble moon and moth design.
These socks are knitted cuff down with a heel flap and gusset.
Veera by Lucinda Guy
Inspired by the ‘old ways’ of knitting traditional Nordic and Baltic socks, these firmly-knitted, beautifully cosy, pure wool socks are elegantly textured with a simple lace cuff and pretty wrapped stitches. They are generously sized with little negative ease so that they are a relaxed fit and can be effortlessly pulled on first thing in the morning, worn with your favourite dress or when you want to be just padding around the house or curled up in front of a nice warm fire.
These socks are knitted in the round, from the top down with a Herringbone Cast-On, simple lace stitch cuff with 1/1 rib and eyelet detail and easy to work traditional wrapped nupp stitches on the leg, a square (or ‘Dutch’) heel and a double decrease toe with a ‘Heart of a Blossom’ finish.
Intersections by Marceline Smith
The all-over cable pattern on this design represents the intersections and crossing paths that infuse and enrich our lives.
These socks are knitted toe up.
Somerset by Marion Em
This leaf pattern came in my mind during a family trip in England last autumn. We were visiting a small town in Somerset, the kids were running around, leaves were falling on the floor. We went back home for the night and I realized that I had a skein of a beautiful rustic yarn. I intended to wind it on my thumb and began to knit this leaf pattern.
These socks are knitted toe up with gusset and short rows to shape the heel.
Turning Point by Mariya Zyaparova
What do you need for a laid-back saturday morning in a coffee shop? Comfortable boots, soft warm leg warmers… All you need is to open up the door, inhale the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, order a croissant and then just sit and relax by the window – watching people hurrying along the street.
These knee-high socks are knitted cuff down with a reinforced heel flap and a gusset.
Hestia Slippers by Mieka John
Feet are precious and should be appreciated every day for grounding us and bringing us towards new adventures and challenges.
Swaddle your feet in these soft, wooly slippers. Let the dense, cushy fabric created by delicate tuck stitches and brioche wrap snuggly around your ankles and go about your day comforted by the cozy, warm wool of the thrummed soles. These slippers will envelop your feet in comfort and gratitude and help on those mornings you want to hold onto the gentle warmth of your bed just a little bit longer.
The panel that wraps around the foot is knit flat with a tuck stitch pattern from the book, “Tuck Stitches” by Nancy Marchant, and a brioche edge. The panel is folded over itself and stitches are picked up along the bottom edge binding the fold together in the round. Squishy garter knit with the yarn held double creates a dense, sturdy sole. The garter sole is sprinkled with stitches of wool roving to create an extra soft and insulating layer between your feet and the floor.
Linea by Minna Sorvala
A photo in the mood board with texture and lines of the robe art, looking like a woven fabric, inspired this design. Linea socks are a toe-up sock which play on texture and lines. 1x1 cables, twisted ribbing and garter stitch create a graphic, diamond-shaped pattern with honeycomb cables on both sides of the foot. The stitch pattern is worked on top of the foot, all the way up to the cuff. The cuff continues the patterning in twisted stitches and honeycomb cables. The back of the leg is done in twisted ribbing and has 3 honeycomb cables: one in the centre back and one on each side and the pattern continues in the cuff.
These socks are knitted toe up with gusset and a round heel with slipped stitches.
Candle Flame by Mona Schmidt
When thinking of Laine magazine, I always envision comfortable yet modern knits. Knits that give you a homey feel and keep you warm when you need it. The Candle Flame Socks are a contemporary design that will do just that. Socks lend themselves to work more intricate patterns due to their size. The tiny twisted cables pop in this smooth yarn and that is all it took to make me want to use them for a sock design. Interrupting the all over pattern with an arrow design seemed the natural thing to do
The socks are knitted cuff down with a slipped stitch heel. Tiny cables are featured in the cuff as well as the body of the sock.
Dear Björn by Nataliya Sinelschikova
I met my husband 10 years ago on the open deck of a research vessel moored in the port of Kirkiness, beyond the Arctic Circle. 6 out of 10 years we lived in two different countries, came to each other for the holidays, spent hours on Skype and ... wrote letters, hundreds of them. I created this sock design to celebrate love and warmth I feel every time I read these letters. Stitch by stitch, letter by letter, I reminisce about all the roads we took together. This is my way to say ‘thank you’ for the support and happiness, patience and understanding I’m getting every day.
The socks are knit toe-up with gusset and heel flap heel. The simple pattern formed by slipped stitches is easy to remember.
Avena by Natalia Vasilieva
Avena are dressy socks with textured botanical pattern based on so-called Japanese flame stitch over an undulating twisted-stitch ribbing background for added elasticity. Arranged in clusters flame stitches resemble oat inflorescences (L. Avena sativa).
The socks are worked from the cuff down and feature Strong-like heel in pattern and patterned Star toe. The sole is worked in stockinette with novel shaped short-row heel turn that grows into arch-shaping.
Imker by Nele Druyts
‘Imker’ is Dutch for ‘beekeeper’, and with its all-over honeycomb cable pattern and 1 stitch cable travelling on the sides like little bees, these socks match that name perfectly. Thanks to the density of the cable pattern and the folded cuff, they will keep your feet warm during those cold winter days when you could use an extra layer of wool.
The socks are knitted toe up with a gusset and help flap.
Unity by Niina Tanskanen
Unity refers to bringing different elements together, co-inciding among each other. Thicker socks are very common in Finland and they’re most often worn on top of another pair of socks and in boots. I have spent most of my life in woolly socks which were knitted by my mum or by myself. These socks feature many techniques my mum has taught me and I have carried along. With this in mind it’s only fitting to knit them in Finnish Tukuwool yarn.
The socks are knitted top down and they incorporate a reinforced Dutch heel. The pattern is a combination of ribbing and 1x1 cables.
Rocking Chair by Pauliina Karru
These socks were inspired by the cosy look and feel of rag rugs. The socks feature stripes but ones that are created with alternating a lace pattern with a textured stitch pattern instead of colours.
These socks are knitted cuff down with a heel flap and gusset.
3 Leaves by Paula Pereira
The 3 Leaves socks were designed as a tribute to the cosiness of hand knits, specifically hand made socks. The inspiration came from pictures of greenery and foliage on the sock book moldboard. The stitch motifs are mirrored for each sock.
These socks are knitted toe up with a gusset and short rows to shape the heel.
Kaisla by Rachel Coopey
The Kaisla socks feature a playful lace pattern which runs down the leg and foot. In the pattern the socks are referred to as ‘Sock One’ and ‘Sock Two’. However, left and right sock are interchangeable.
These socks are worked from cuff down with a heel flap and gusset.
Kanerva by Rachel Coopey
The Kanerva socks feature a fun cable pattern that flows down from the ribbing on the cuff.
These socks are knitted cuff down with a heel flap and gusset.
Lempi by Rachel Coopey
A two-colour geometrical colourwork section decorates the leg and a textured stitch pattern runs down the foot.
The socks are knitted from top down with a heel flap and gusset.
Carapins by Rosa Pomar
My slippers are made in a yarn that is traditionally used for weaving blankets. These blankets are fulled and then carded so that a dense nap is raised on its surface. I wanted to make a pair of socks that is warm and cosy to wear inside. I made one, carded it and it looked really nice. But then I turned it inside out and tried it on like that and realised how they were even more comfortable and warm like that. So then I designed the slippers to be work with the nap on the inside.
These slippers are knitted from the cuff using the traditional Portuguese heel and spiral toe.
Vervain by Sachiko Burgin
Lacey socks are my favourite kind of sock to knit and wear. I realise that some people don’t appeciate the eyelet holes that let the cold air sneak in, so a small amount of lace is a happy compromise and also very fun and not too difficult to knit.
The socks are knitted top down with a gusset heel and decreased toe. A leafy lace panel travels down the top of the outer foot and is integrated into the cuff. The little scallop that naturally forms from working the stitch pattern is like a little ‘wing’ at the ankle.
Stone by Tatiana Kulikova
Last September my kids and I spent a week in Helsinki, Finland. We stayed in the neighbourhood of the subway station Kontula. We stayed in an apartment with a view of a big boulder rock and a pine just outside the window – sometimes we could see squirrels running up and down that tree. Every day we walked through a park. It looked like a wonderful forest with were huge rocks, squirrels, forest flowers and mushrooms. At home we live in the concrete jungle of Saint Petersburg, so being that close to nature was truly magical experience for all of us. All these magnificent impressions of our trip can be seen in my design.
These socks are knitted cuff down with a heel flap and gusset and a wedge shaped toe.
String of Hearts by Tiina Huhtaniemi
My design was inspired by the plant by the same name – a beautiful trailing houseplant that seems to be able to survive even in my care. It’s delicate but still strong and durable. The lace pattern in my socks mimics the beautiful heart-like leaves while the trailing stems can be seen on the back of the sock just above the heel. I chose to use Tukuwool Sock in the colourway Ruso that feels like a perfect fit to the heart theme.
These socks are knitted from the cuff down with a heel flap and gusset and they feature a folded cuff.
Morning Coffee by Valentina Consalvi
The Morning Coffee socks are inspired by the first autumn days, they are the ones you would like to reach for when mornings get chilly, and the only thing that can get you out of bed is a pair of soft, squishy wool socks, worn with your favourite cosy, oversized, fuzzy cardigan, while your morning coffee is brewing, filling the house with its roasted and warm smell.
The socks are knitted in a fade effect from the bottom up, in reverse stockinette stitch and a textured stitch pattern. The toe is provisionally cast on and knitted in short rows, matching the short rows heel.
Gerste by Verena Cohrs
Sometimes, a nice, comforting texture is just what we‘re looking for in our handknits. This design’s all over texture pattern uses only purls and knits, worked through the back loop, to create a flowing rhythm that seamlessly transforms into a 1x1 ribbed cuff, making this beginner-friendly project a piece we‘ll reach for again and again.
The pair of socks is worked in the round from the toe up. The pattern comes with instructions for both a gusset and heel flap option as well as a short row heel option.
September 10, 2021 13 min read
Owain Glyndŵr Day, 16th September, commemorates the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales. Today, he is a figure of mass culture in Wales, with statues, flags and monuments alongside pubs and street names remembering him. He is possibly one of the greatest Welshmen of all time if not the greatest. His name is still remembered and revered today.
September 05, 2021 8 min read
Be part of the worldwide celebrations for Roald Dahl's Day on Monday 13th September 2021. Dahl’s story began in 1916 in when he was born at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales, a house name was named after the first wife. In 1918 his father, Harald, purchased a much grander property, Ty Mynydd (Mountain House in Welsh), a large farm of 150 acres in Radyr, near Cardiff.
August 31, 2021 3 min read
Welsh rabbit (original spelling) or Welsh rarebit is a traditional but famous Welsh dish. Basically, it’s combination of hot melted cheese on toast which is a winning combination on any day. The first and most important thing to understand is that rarebit is not a word that is used in any other context. It only exists next to the word Welsh when referring to the dish Welsh rarebit