December 20: Baah Humbug

A big box of LaJolla superwash merino just arrived from BAAH Yarn. We love this yarn, and this company!

dipped and dappled

Check out the dipped and dappled shades – these colors are totally fab.


We featured La Jolla’s Speck-tacular speckled shades in our last Sock Box. Our Irish Cable sock pairs beautifully with these soft Speck-tacular shades!

sock box

Mom LOVED knitting socks and spent an insane amount of time researching and testing sock techniques. She didn’t just kit socks, she created sock masterpieces with attention to every little detail.

She also loved experimenting with various heel and toe techniques. I took mom’s years of research and insight, incorporated it into designs featuring different heel and toe techniques, and packaged it into a box rivaling any posh sock club. The pattern is written instructional style with step-by-step details and photographs. We then paired the design with carefully curated yarns, beautiful handmade stitch markers, and a project bag. Box One and Three feature bags dyed in-house; Box Two features yarns dyed in-house. These boxes are truly one-of-a-kind!

sharing the love

Today I am sharing mom’s “bible” of sock knitting, her Basic Sock pattern booklet with everyone. This detailed, practical approach to sock knitting has served as the go-to sock pattern for many, many knitters over the years. I know toe-up socks are popular with many knitters and everyone has their own preference, but mom was not a fan. She felt that the toe up direction compromised technique. Heck, this is the woman who would INVENT techniques when the status quo failed to suit her and no minute detail escaped her attention. Therefore her pattern is for cuff down socks. Yes, she’d teach toe up if persuaded, but I’d get an earful every time!

The time for the free download has expired, however it is available for purchase online.

When we opened our latest shipment we saw that our friends at BAAH Yarns included presents – a tin of delicious stroopwafels and several cute packages filled with a pair of mini skeins. Whee! You’ll have to wrestle the stroopwafels away from me – I’ll be too busy poking those into my mouth. We are giving FIVE of these cute mini-skein packages away to FIVE lucky readers along with a packet of delicious mint Humbugs imported from England.

Now the cleverness behind the BAAH HUMBUG title is revealed – I crack myself up sometimes! 🤣

Simply leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite method of sock knitting – cuff-down, toe-up, 2 circ, magic loop, double point, dig the new flexi-flips, or no thanks! Inquiring minds want to know.

You have until midnight tonight!

the winners of the baah mini-skeins and humbugs are:

  • Lisa Harper
  • Tammy Adamson
  • Sheri Blaylock
  • Cari Deen
  • Diann Ritter

Please note that all prizes must be picked up at our shop no later than February 1, 2020. We do not mail or ship prizes.

Only 4 more SWAK shopping days until Christmas! Please note that we will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


  • Betty Schlotthauer

    20.12.2019 at 01:55 Reply

    I’ve only done 1 pair, years ago, and it was cuff down. I’d be willing to try toe-up, especially with some new flexi-flips. Need to put those on my Santa list. 😉

  • Courtney Wilson

    20.12.2019 at 05:13 Reply

    I love cuff down. I think that is when Sherry taught me to knit. 🤣 I will say I do knit toe up as well.

  • Melissa Ryan

    20.12.2019 at 06:48 Reply

    I agree with your mom! Cuff down – hands down! I knt them with whatever comes to hand. DPNs, one or two circs. I have tried toe up and though I love the socks, I can still see the ladders years and many washings later. I thought toe up two at a time would save me from second sock syndrome, but it was just too fussy.

  • Jennifer Elkhair

    20.12.2019 at 07:01 Reply

    I have discovered that I really like top down magic loop for socks.

  • Bernadette Ray

    20.12.2019 at 08:19 Reply

    I’ve only done cuff-down socks.

  • Stephenia d

    20.12.2019 at 08:23 Reply

    Socks intimidate me! Small needles, small yarn and two matching items? Yikes.

  • Anita Roesler

    20.12.2019 at 08:26 Reply

    I like cuff down and magic loop. Even after all my years knitting, I’ve never become a fan of double point needles. I can use them, but not my preference,

  • Jennifer Walker

    20.12.2019 at 08:28 Reply

    Top down!! That sock book is my favorite, only second to the intarsia book (which I have 3 of and have read about a ga-zillion times)!!! Which the intarsia book taught me how to duplicate stitch last night!!! 😉

  • Lesley Rodgers

    20.12.2019 at 08:57 Reply

    I have only done cuff down, so would love to try the toe up, I also don’t mind knitting with double point bit would love to try the new flexi tip.

  • Tammy Adamson

    20.12.2019 at 09:16 Reply

    I think the only way I’ve ever done socks is with double points and cuff down. (We LOVE those humbugs)!

    • Stevie

      20.12.2019 at 10:39 Reply

      Cuff down 🎄

    • Keely

      21.12.2019 at 10:48 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Clarissa coble

    20.12.2019 at 09:17 Reply

    I’ve been doing cuff sown on magic loop. I’ve been thinking of trying the flex flip thingies. Still working on mastering socks. I love the cabled sock in the sock box. I may have to get myself that for Christmas.

  • Tina Adamson

    20.12.2019 at 09:19 Reply

    I haven’t made any socks yet, but can’t wait to learn.

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    20.12.2019 at 09:33 Reply

    I’ve only done cuff down, magic loop. I attempted a toe up years ago and wasn’t thrilled with it, but I think I need to give it a second chance.

  • Lisa Harper

    20.12.2019 at 09:33 Reply

    No socks from me. I don’t knit. I crochet, mostly for relaxation. My first attempt to learn to knit was an utter failure. Maybe 2020 is the year that I face my fears and try again.

    • Keely

      21.12.2019 at 10:47 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Jeannie Bennett

    20.12.2019 at 09:35 Reply

    Top down with double point needles

  • Brandie Ferguson

    20.12.2019 at 09:44 Reply

    Wanting to try socks haven’t yet..intimidated

  • Jennifer White

    20.12.2019 at 09:55 Reply

    I love magic loop 2 at a time. Because the socks turn it the same. The pattern I followed was toe up. Now I want to try 2 at a time cuff down.

  • Ashley Lorenz

    20.12.2019 at 10:09 Reply

    I haven’t discovered my favorite method yet- I’m hoping to one day finish a pair- I start at the cuff, maybe I’ll try toe up & see if that inspires me to finish.

    And I don’t remember if you had this the last time I was there, I’m so excited to see Baah speckles!

  • Ellen McKenzie

    20.12.2019 at 10:17 Reply

    Thanks for the sock book. Socks are my favorite thing to knit too (small to carry around) . My preferred method is top down. Thanks!!

  • Dana Barnes

    20.12.2019 at 10:18 Reply

    I haven’t done socks yet! Can’t wait to try though.

  • Evelyn Norvelle

    20.12.2019 at 10:26 Reply

    I prefer cuff down. Tried both ways, and I don’t like the holes left around the heel. I love making socks. Never tried the magic loop. Always use dpns. Curious to see how the flexi needles work.

  • Diann Riter

    20.12.2019 at 10:53 Reply

    I like cuff down but would like to learn toe up and two at a time.

    • Keely

      21.12.2019 at 10:47 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Sarah Steele

    20.12.2019 at 11:06 Reply

    Thanks for sharing your Mom’s “bible” on sock knitting! I’m going to miss your daily stories and highlights of yarn when 24 days ends for the year.

  • Shawndalynn

    20.12.2019 at 11:16 Reply

    Cuff down double point is the only way I know how I haven’t learned the other methods hey this message has darn good socks.

  • Karyn Cook

    20.12.2019 at 11:20 Reply

    I’ve never made any 😥 yet

  • Melissa

    20.12.2019 at 11:32 Reply

    Cuff down on don looks most professional to me!

  • Judy Smith

    20.12.2019 at 11:56 Reply

    I have a hard copy of the sock pattern. So glad to now also have a soft copy in the cloud. This is my goto pattern for socks.

  • Amber Ketchum

    20.12.2019 at 12:17 Reply

    I haven’t made any but would like to try!!

  • Linda Weston

    20.12.2019 at 12:46 Reply

    I’ve made two pairs of socks so far, both cuff-down and both on Addi Flexiflips. When I work in the round, I usually have the right side of the work facing inward; but with the FlexiFlips, I need to (ahem) FLIP the work to face outward or I get some “laddering.” I’m very comfortable working on DPNs, and I’d like to at least start the next pair on DPNs just to see how that compares.

  • Jo Jankowski

    20.12.2019 at 13:53 Reply

    Cuff down

  • Merrie Raoch

    20.12.2019 at 14:25 Reply

    Even tho it’s been awhile, Top down with DPN for socks. I(I usually put sock yarn with a solid for hats, etc_)

  • Mary Bourne

    20.12.2019 at 16:07 Reply

    Cuff down, on DPNs is how I learned & if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? lol

  • Cari Deen

    20.12.2019 at 16:12 Reply

    Right now, I like cuff down with a peasant heel. It changes sometimes though. I like toe up when I want to use all the yarn. DPNs are my needles of choice.

    • Keely

      21.12.2019 at 10:47 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Sheri Blaylock

    20.12.2019 at 17:12 Reply

    I learned from Sherry, so it is top down on don’s. However, I am knitting a pair now on Flexi-flips and I LOVE them. Thanks for the pattern Keely!

    • Keely

      21.12.2019 at 10:47 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Donna J Miller

    20.12.2019 at 20:18 Reply

    cuff down, just like Sherry taught me!!!

  • Janet Marie Busby

    20.12.2019 at 21:00 Reply

    I have not made any socks yet. Looking forward to the day I can. 🤗
    Hunbugs look interesting.

  • Patricia Riden

    21.12.2019 at 01:03 Reply

    I’m late to this party, but my answer to knitting socks is – not so much. That is all.

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