Christmas Socks

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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.

Years ago, a friend told me a traditional holiday gift in her family was socks. Wow, I thought. I’ll bet there were some excited kids under  that tree!  I couldn’t imagine a more practical, prosaic, and boring gift.

Of course, that was before I started giving socks for Christmas gifts myself. Not just any old pair, naturally. These socks have become so popular with the girlie types in our circle that I keep a drawer full of the makings, just in case.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Socks in the size needed
  • “Eyelash” or “Fun Fur” yarn in a coordinating color, variegated is fun.
  • Any crochet hook with a hook small enough to poke through the edge of the sock’s cuff

To begin, take one of the socks and push the crochet hook through, near the upper edge of the cuff, from right side to wrong.

Yarn over, and pull a loop through the cuff, and complete a single crochet stitch. You can also yarn over again and do a double or triple, if you like, but the single stitch seems sufficient to me.

Repeat what you just did, inserting the hook next to the place you just did the stitch in. Don’t worry about doing a stitch in every stitch of the cuff top; just a little way from the last stitch is good. Keep your stitches on the loose side, to preserve the stretch of the cuff.

Do that all the way around, ending with your hook pushing through in the same place as your first stitch. Yarn over and pull a loop up, snip the thread, and pull the loose end through your loop, just as you usually would to finish off. Trim the end to the length of the newly created fringe top.

Do that on the other sock, too, and you’re done!

This is a craft-to-love on a number of levels-the beginnerest beginner will have no trouble with it; there’s no such thing as a mistake, because the yarn hides all; there’s no counting involved, so  you can watch TV without worrying you’ll mess up the pattern; it takes less than fifteen minutes to complete a pair; and everybody seems to love getting them!

These make great stocking stuffers, and I like having these on hand as “extra” gifts for unexpected guests, and through the year for other occasions,too.

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About Anitra

Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

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