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Vanilla Socks That Are Anything But Vanilla.

For me if something is described as vanilla I immediately associate it with something pale, off-white, most likely with very a mild smell and taste, something that is very neutral and non-offensive to anyone. Basically something that is pretty but has no character and is slightly blah. So even though the pattern for these socks is called Vanilla I think the result is anything but.

Ever since I first saw this colorway of the Arne&Carlos Regia sock yarn collection on Instagram last summer I knew I needed to get my hands on a skein or maybe even two. I wanted to use it for a  simple sock pattern to showcase the yarn - I don't like self-striping yarns with cables, the result is often a bit messy and you can't see either, stripes or cables, clearly. The Vanilla socks pattern is for a pair of very basic toe-up socks with after-thought heel. Nothing fancy but just the right pattern for this yarn in my opinion. And since the yarn is self-striping and -patterning as I mentioned, it made the knitting quite mindless which is very welcome every now and then :)

The only "problem" I had was matching the stripes on the socks as I wanted them to be identical. I had to cut out a part of the yarn to get the other sock to start at the same point of the stripe sequence as the first one. I'm planning to use the leftover yarn for a little teddy. I saw them made from this yarn on Instagram and they were so cute. Theo will soon get another knitted toy :)

Yarn: Schachenmayr Regia design line Arne&Carlos
colourway #3657 summer night
Needles 2.5mm


  1. Cute socks :)
    Maria V.

  2. love how these turned out! They look amazing, and I bet the leftover will be a great little toy for Theo. I'm making some mittens out of self striping yarn and trying to keep them identical, and it's harder than I thought it would be!

    1. The heels don't quite match as well as I would have liked but luckily they don't show that much. This yarn was luckily really well dyed and the stripes and sequences were almost identical throughout so it made the matching a bit easier. Good luck with your mittens :)

  3. WOW you really did match those stripes well! I love them so much :)

    1. thanks! It wasn't that hard actually, just had to figure out how the yarn repeats itself. :)

  4. Everythings PeachyMarch 16, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous. I have knitted with the self patterning Regia yarn too and there is usually just enough wool left to make a pair of fingerless mittens by selecting my favourite colour out of the mix, finding a cheap plain 4 ply wool in that colour to use as a base and then using the last bit of sock wool to knit the back of the mitts or cuffs. I am inspired to try my first toe up sock now...and I know exactly which wool to use too.It has been sitting in my stash for 6 months! Thank you.


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