There’s no denying it, the speckled yarn hype has taken over the knitting world and most of us have succumbed to some serious stash enhancement with these speckled beauties. Not only are they a pleasure to behold when skeined up, knitted up they give us out of this world projects. Socks are no exception to this of course, but most of the speckled socks I’ve come across are vanilla socks or Hermione’s every day socks. NOTHING wrong with this of course, it’s a great way of letting the yarn do its magic. However, there are plenty of patterns out there that are made for speckles! To give you an idea of the possibilities of those skeins that surely are patiently awaiting in your stash, here are some of my favourite sock patterns for speckled yarns.
Flying North Socks by Maria Montzka
What makes this pattern so suitable for a wild speckled yarn is that there’s so much stockinette to give the yarn a chance to shine. It’s like a vanilla sock, but with just that little extra to make it more special. Many knitters have mixed this pattern with their speckled sock yarn, my favourite pair so far is this one by Teresa (Quiet-Zone on Ravelry).
This pattern has speckled yarn written all over it. Those slipped stitches will look like little flowers or fireworks when paired with the right yarn. My favourite speckled pair so far are these beauties by Kelly (Downhomepurl on Ravelry).
Ok so I’m obviously a little biased about these ever since I knit them up myself. I still think it was a perfect pattern-yarn match and I can see them work in so many different colours. This is the pair I made over a year ago and still wear whenever the weather permits it (it feels like I have a small party on my feet).
This pattern works so wonderfully well with speckled yarn because there’s the whole front of the sock to go wild, while the bold cable on the back is strong enough to not drown in a sea of colour. Here’s the version made by the designer herself.
Tulsi Socks by Verena Cohrs
This pattern is still hot off the press and I cannot wait to cast it on! This version that Regina (Regy on Ravelry) is working on shows exactly why it works so well with speckles, again a great use of slipped stitches that’ll pop out in unexpected colours.
Yarns feautured in this post: Spun Right Round, Cat Sandwich Fibers, Eaden Yarns Prism and Herbstblatt Regina.
I’ve got a pair of speckled yarn cast on right now!!! Makes me happy!
What a helpful post! I’ve never worked with speckled yarn, but always liked the look of it! I am definitely pinning it, thank you for sharing!
Great pattern round up! I love speckled yarns so much 🙂 They’re so cheerful!
Yes, but I’m going to restrain myself….really trying to make this this summer of the WIP….but I did just finished a crocheted speckled yarn shawl that I’m loving…
So now I need speckled yarn….
Thanks for sharing this great post. I think you’ve inspired some stash enhancements already!
Thank you so much for this post! I am so addicted to speckles right now so this awesome speck-tacular sock list is very timely & helpful.
I just pinned this- what a great post idea, I love the patterns you picked. They are all absolutely perfect for speckled yarn!
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Thank you so much for reviewing and suggesting the Prairie Spring socks that I designed a few years ago. Since then we have changed a few things including a new marriage so I am now Sam Myhre rather than Stevenson and we started a new company RavensWood Fibre Co Here is the link to the pattern in Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/prairie-spring-2.