Anniversary socks. Plain grey socks with 3 small cables running up the front. Contrasting toes, heels and cuffs in a striped yarn.

The Anniversary socks are here!

Our wedding anniversary is coming up next week and I have to say that I’m not inspired by this years gift of bronze. But then nothing was ever going to compare to last years gift of wool.

Every time I had been sat knitting socks my husband would turn to me and ask when I was going to knit a pair for him. As he isn’t famed for his love of brightly coloured socks and not finding the idea of knitting a pair of large black socks very appealing, the answer was always ‘one day’. And last year that day came.

The traditional gift for a seven year anniversary is wool so what else could I do but knit him a pair of wool socks. As I said bright colours and fancy patterns are not his things (yet!) so a muted palette with a simple design were the order of the day. I decided to make these socks in two colours to help introduce a little bit of colour, as well as keep them interesting to knit, so I kept the majority of the sock plain and neutral and spiced up the toes, heels and cuffs with some self-stripe.

Anniversary socks. Plain grey socks with 3 small cables running up the front. Contrasting toes, heels and cuffs in a striped yarn.

Knit from the toe-up, the simple cables are worked once you start increasing for the gusset which helps to keep the knitting for the foot and the leg nice and straightforward, with only the gusset and heel requiring a bit more concentration. Perfect for working on at the end of a busy day, or when you just need to switch off for 10 mins ‘you time’.

Knit in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply these socks have proved to be very hardwearing, with both my husbands and my four year olds socks looking as good as new. The yarn has also proved to be very cost effective. If you are starting from scratch, as I was, you will need one 100g ball from the Country Birds collection and a matching 100g ball from the Spice Rack collection which will set you back £15. This would be a lot of money for one pair of socks but I managed to knit two pairs of adult socks, an extra large and a small, as well as a baby and a toddler pair and I still have leftovers that I can be added to a pair of scrappy socks. Even if I had only knit adult socks, I would still have had enough left over to make toes and heels on a third pair, possibly even a fourth!

Thankfully the socks were a hit, and have been worn more often than I thought, so I may have a go at knitting another pair for him. Though I may be a bit more radical with the colours next time…. maybe!

I’d love to see your version of the Anniversary socks. You can share yours with me in the comments below or on Instagram using the hashtag #TheConsciousKnitter. I can’t wait to see them!

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