Early this fall Jessie Randall from Loeffler Randall had her team contact us to see if we'd be interested in doing a collaboration around their elegant and cool LR Rain Boots and LR Rain Booties. At Purl Soho we're huge fans of Loeffler Randall (and are honored to have Jessie as one of our customers) so we were thrilled to create this pair of Stirrup Socks especially for their rain boots and booties.
The Loeffler Randall Boots and Booties are the perfect solution to wet fall weather. They're rain proof so they are completely practical, but they also have an elegant shape and come in great colors, so you can wear them anywhere. The boot has a back zipper, the booties lace up and they are available in black, army and taupe. If you want to learn more about them or get yourself a pair, you can find them right here.
Once we thought about creating stirrup socks all of our creative juices started flowing. We realized that a stirrup sock is a great, substantial, but approproachable project for lots of knitters. Also, being without a heel and toe they'd work well in the elegantly shaped LR boot foot (without the bulk of a hand knit sock), and also the back of the leg shaping means not only that this sock is very pretty, it also fits easily inside a boot leg. We made the long pair of socks to go with the LR Rain Boot, and the short pair to go with the LR Rain Bootie.
The biggest challenge of the pattern is using double pointed needles, but luckily we have a fantastic double pointed needle tutorial that you can visit right here if you need it.
Before we even started developing our Stirrup Sock Pattern we knew we'd want to create it with Anzula's Squishy, which is perhaps one of the most perfect sock yarns ever created. Squishy comes in an amazingly generious hank of 385 yards of gorgeous superwash merino wool, cashmere and nylon, and we wanted to be sure you could get an entire long pair from one skein. As it turns out, one skein (385 yards) will make the one pair of the long version of the stirrup socks OR two pairs (!) of the short version. Squishy comes in tons of great colors, and is beautiful to work with. The socks are substantial, cozy without being heavy.
Loeffler Randall will be offering a free Purl Soho Stirrup Sock pattern inside the box of every pair of Rain Boots and Rain Booties, or you can buy the pattern directly from us right here!
Here are some details on the pattern:
- Pattern includes directions for long stirrup socks (14-inches from heel opening) and short stirrup socks (8-inches from heel opening).
- Yardage Requirements: Long Pair, 375 yards; Short Pair, 185 yards
- Gauge: 36 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
You will also need:
- Yarn: Anzula Squishy, One Skein
- Needles: US size 2 (2.75mm) dpns, or size required by you to get gauge
Oh, and the long stirrup socks work perfectly in Loeffler Randall's beautiful Classic Matilde Flat Boots too!