FO and pattern release: Vanilla Extra

I know it probably seems like it’s all quilts all the time around here, but I promise you it’s not. I am knitting…. and I’ve completed another pair of socks! And man socks at that!


Our anniversary is just around the corner , and it wouldn’t be an occasion if I didn’t give him a pair of handknit socks! I was using another skein of Rowan’s lovely striping yarn (Sea and Sand), but I didn’t want to do another pair of boring old vanilla socks. So I spiced it up a bit with some slip stitches.

And as a result – I give you Vanilla Extra!… a fun, FREE, slip stitch sock pattern in two sizes.


All you need is a self-striping yarn and a coordinating colour for cuffs, heels and toes. I had some leftover Alley Cat in a light yellow that was remarkably close to the yellow in the stripes.

This pair came together exceptionally fast – especially for man socks. I had them done in just nine days, which I think is a record for me! Those slip stitches give it a really good rhythm! I may just have to make a pair for myself.

In the meantime, feel free to download the pattern – and tell your friends!

9 thoughts on “FO and pattern release: Vanilla Extra

  1. Very nice! And FAST! Thanks for the pattern. I love doing a slip stitch – it truly does go so much faster. My next pair may *need* to be this (EXTRA) pattern (love the name and your explanation!).


  2. Michelle Cooper

    Thank you for the lovely, easy pattern. Happy Anniversary!
    Michelle (and Megs – my tabby puss that doesn’t like cats), Wellington, New Zealand.


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