Private Comfort

Earl Grey – a man’s sock pattern from The Yarn Harlot. I knitted these for Mr L, from the Solid Club yarn for October from The Yarn Yard.

Mr Lovely Legs, 2009
Mr Lovely Legs, 2009

Cast on Date:
Dec 06 2008

Cast on: Long Tail, magic loop

Pattern: Earl Grey Socks by the Yarn Harlot

Yarn: The Yarn Yard Toddy

Colour: October 2008 Solids Club unnamed fudge colour

Needles: 2.75mm Kollage square 60cm circulars

Stitches: 70/72

Pattern Repeats: n/a

Blocked: No

Finished Size: UK men’s 10

Cast Off: Grafted

Cast Off Date: Jan 7th, 2009

Ravelry Project: Private Comfort

Earl Grey Socks FO 1
Earl Grey Socks FO 1

Basically, a lovely semi-plain bloke pattern, with just a few errors in it. There is nothing that a slightly experienced sock-knitter can’t cope with though. An experienced sock-knitter will likely sail through, doing what they expect to, and never notice a problem.

The Toddy yarn is fabulous – really soft.  Beautiful to knit with. The colour is sumptuous, but reserved and suitably bloke-ish. There will be more socks in Toddy, one day. (For my review of this yarn, see this post.)

Earl Grey Socks FO 2
Earl Grey Socks FO 2

Knitting with the square needles was “interesting” and somewhat like the Curate’s Egg (good in parts.) I will review the needles asap but am giving Kollage a fair crack by waiting for replacement needles to arrive. As soon as they come, I’ll cast on  for more socks and then a review will follow shortly after.

These are really splendid socks. The recipient loves them, and so do I.


  1. January 26, 2009

    I have square needles too, a gift from a friend. I’ll be using them for my next socks I think.
    But mine are square dpns… square CIRCULARS seems a bit of an oxymoron somehow!

    • January 26, 2009

      They certainly do seem an oxymoron.

      I have reached the conclusion that the square circs are just no use for magic loop socks and I would certainly not let them loose on my Machair or my Aurora! The construction is just a simple “pinch” of the square tube onto the flexible cord and a slightly rough edge is the result. The cord is fab and the points themselves are nice to handle. They just don’t add up to a good solution for my needs. I think the DPNs will be great, though.

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