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Lurid Rainbow Handknit Socks

There was a time in my mythical teenage years where my entire wardrobe became rather lurid. I had spent most of my life worrying about what I wore and whether it made me look ‘weird’ or ‘different’, but leaving school and leaving my childhood home made me realise that I was both of those things. More importantly, it was suddenly a good thing.

Instead of being shunned for strange tastes and obsessive tendencies, I found like-minded friends. Some of those people remain in my life today and I thank them for shaping me into a (mostly) reasonable and self-confident person.

My fashion sense went from drab to one simple rule:

  • Wear as much colour as possible, all at once.

These latest socks fit the bill. Teenage me is jumping for joy, purple hair bouncing in the breeze.


The yarn that made these socks was a gift from a friend who actually predates my lurid rainbow phase. She is a wonderful and hilarious person with a huge heart, and has remained one of my best friends in all that time – at least ten years.

We have had a colourful friendship to match these socks; there have been times we have clashed so hard that we haven’t spoken for months at a time, but ultimately our differences work well together. When I left the UK in June 2014 she took me on a surprise trip to see Wicked, which shows you how awesome she is. And this yarn was a Christmas gift from her.

It came in two little 50g cakes, identical as hand-dyed yarn can be. I didn’t get a picture because I cast on right away. Hey, I was excited! The yarn came from indie dyer Truly Hooked, who may also be found on Etsy. It is lovely, just lovely.

Due to my reasonably small feet I was worried that I wouldn’t get to use all of the colours. That would simply not do. The gradients are reasonably long in these socks and I couldn’t bear the thought of not getting to the pink. I considered making them longer, but then Martina suggested knitting them in stripes – knitting from the outside of one cake and the inside of the other.

This was the result and I am thrilled.


Yes, they are bright. Yes, they are lurid. But honestly I have never grown out of that teenage all-the-rainbow phase and I doubt I ever will. My happiest days are when I get to wear my brightly coloured swooshy skirts. These socks will find a good and regular place in my wardrobe and my lovely friend knew that.

I still have just a little left which will be used to make some mini handwarmers for work.


My favourite thing about these socks is the conflicting heels and toes. It’s just adorable. and because of the slow gradients it didn’t leave an obvious change in the stripes once I’d turned the heel.

At one point I considered doing an afterthought heel but really… that’s never going to happen. It’s a sure way for me to never finish a project.


So that’s that. Some wonderful lurid rainbow handknit socks, all kitchenered and ready to go. They’re just as comfortable as they look too.

It’s just a shame it’s so wet and snowy out there or I would take some outside pictures to show off the colours even more.

Consider this post a big thank you to one of the best, most reliable and most interesting people I have known in my life. You know who you are.


23 thoughts on “Lurid Rainbow Handknit Socks

  1. I love them! They are absolutely wonderful and I want a pair like them! Although I really don’t need any more yarn right now *sighs* Oh well, eventually I will have a stripy pair of socks like this ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. These socks are fabulous – the way the colours jump out, the heels, the toes, the… (can I have them?) I think you should go outside and dance about in the snow – the white would be a great contrast to such super colours. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Hee, thank you! I’m really pleased with them. I somehow forgot to put them on for work today, le sigh. I’d love to dance about in the snow in them but alas, I’d like to make it through the winter without frostbite.


  3. I remember feeling pretty cool at the age of 11 when I wore odd fluorescent socks to the school disco, with a typically 80s fluorescent ‘Mondrian’ style jumper. I just love those socks and I’m not surprised that you cast the wool straight on! ๐Ÿ™‚


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