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Sock Label Tutorial

4 Apr

Cusp by Cookie A features a lace detail that swoops down and around the foot.

My aunt received her Easter socks in the mail today, so I can finally post photos! I present Cusp by designer Cookie A from her book Knit. Sock. Love.

I sent these socks off with their own special label, which has become my preferred method for gifting socks. I think it adds something special to the presentation. (It’s also a great way to include the fiber content and washing instructions.)

You can display a lot of information on a sock label, including washing/drying instructions.

I knew that my aunt would love her socks any way I sent them, but doesn’t the label just add that something special? I’ve used a label once before – for my mom’s Christmas socks – and I’ve received a lot of comments and questions about them.

I originally got the idea for a sock label from the Knitmore Girls blog (which I’m not linking to because I don’t care for it). I thought the idea was good, but the label example on their site was a bit bland, so I decided to spice things up with my own take on it.

I think it’s important to convey something about the socks or the occasion with your label, and include special images or information, as well as anything helpful for the recipient, like the name of the sock and how to care for them.

The only thing you need to design your own sock label is a word-processing program like Microsoft Word or Apple Pages (which I use). You can use your own images or find pictures and art online.

Print your labels on cardstock paper to give them a professional feel and maintain their structure. I use a large paper cutter to trim mine down to size, but if you have a steady hand you can use scissors.

To create your own sock label based on my examples, you can download the template here.This is a Microsoft Word (.doc) file, which you should be able to open in a number of computer programs.

Play around with the design, line styles, images and layout of the label. This template is only meant to serve as a guide for people who have asked how I create mine.

I hope you have fun creating your own sock labels! Knitters are creative people, and this simple project is a great way to add character to gift socks.

Project Details

Coral Cusp Socks

Pattern: Cusp by Cookie A, Knit. Sock. Love.

Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Saucon Sock, 430 yds, 44% cotton / 43% acrylic / 13% nylon, colorway: Coral

Needles: US 1

Itsy Bitsy Knitwear

3 Apr

Tiny Pants and baby socks are a low-commitment project. Side note: This reminds me of sushi!

After I finished socks this weekend I fully intended to wrap up my Easter shawl. However, I sometimes get sidetracked and just can’t focus on my current projects.

The solution for this problem is simple: Baby stuff!

Baby knitwear is quick and easy to knit and a great way to bust stash yarn. I started with a teeny pair of socks – which I finished in less than a day – so I cast on some Tiny Pants by Megan Goodacre.

The Tiny Pants are a little set of soakers (to cover a diaper) of newborn to 1-month old baby. The socks are also quite tiny, so they’ll make a great baby shower gift someday.

I’ll get back on track with my grown-up knitting soon, but I really had a lot of fun adding to my baby stash this week. Having baby knitwear on hand is a great insurance plan for last-minute baby shower invites or general babies-in-need.

The main yarn for the soakers is Knit Picks CotLin in the Loden colorway. Wool is highly absorbent and the fiber generally used for soakers, but this DK-weight yarn is a great vegan alternative because linen and cotton are also highly absorbent fibers. This yarn is a bit rough due to the linen content, though it does soften with washing. To protect sensitive baby bellies and legs, I used the extremely soft Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima DK-weight cotton in Olive for the bands.

The tiny socks are knit with some leftover Kraemer Saucon Sock in Coral.

Casting off

1 Apr

I’ve had a project on my needles for awhile, and tonight I finally cast it off. I’m hoping these special socks will arrive with their recipient this week, but until then all I can show you is this detail.

I’m hoping to log some hours this week wrapping up my Easter shawl. Here’s to hoping!