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I’m not sure you can get much more basic than these socks. These are my go-to socks. They are made to fit and the pattern is easy for shoving in my bag when I’m out-and-about.

What makes these socks, however, is that self-striping yarn. I’ve made several socks out of self-striping yarn and it still amazes me how it works. Also, I’m really proud of myself when I match up the stripes (which stayed together pretty much for the whole sock pair).

Spring2016BasicSocks350x500Pattern: Beginner Toe Up Socks for Magic Loop. Because this foundation pattern is what I have used for almost all socks so far, why mess with perfection? I probably should have started with more stitches. This sits a little off across the tips of my toes, but nothing that bothers my feet, really. Since these are made to order, they don’t slip around once in place.

Yarn: Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Yarn in the Spring Fling colorway. This yarn was grabbed from a friend emptying out someone else’s stash. I knew it would make cute socks but I thought it was just another odd celebrity branded yarn. It does indeed make cute socks, but more than that, this was a really lovely yarn to knit with. It’s 50% superwash marino wool. 25% rayon (from bamboo) and 25% nylon. This yarn was a dream to knit with. It’s soft and sturdy and didn’t pill at all when I knit with it. The striping is fun and the colors bright. When I got this yarn, I got two more balls in a different colorway. I can’t wait to use this yarn again. I highly recommend this yarn.

What’s your go-to project? Let me know in the comments below.