Karanina was the first mailout from the Socktopus Sock Club. As I was away when they were sent Alice kept my parcel waiting safely for me here in London and I arrived home to it exactly one month ago.


Designed by Jane Lithgow, the socks are worked in two vibrant colours in a slip stitch pattern called Russian Stitch - hence the name. I’d never tried a slip stitch sock, and never dreamt of buying yellow yarn, but I launched in with both feet (so to speak) and loved every minute of the pattern.


The yarn is from The Knittery, wool/cashmere/polyamide blend, and although I had some in my stash I’d never knitted with it before. I found it a bit splitty but I definitely recommend it and only prior commitments are keeping me from immediately casting on another Knittery sock.


I worked the pattern pretty much as written, only changing the depth of the heel flap (to accommodate my small insteps) and adding a slip stitch line of purple down each side of the foot. I also knitted in the hems as I’m too lazy to come back and sew them down later!

9 Responses to “Karanina Socks”
  1. Heather says:

    Love the socks, I may be just a little bit biased because I love both purple and yellow :-) Very interesting slip stitch pattern, it really works in this design.

  2. Kay Anne says:

    They look fab, especially with purple.

  3. Kai says:

    they look great. :)

  4. Ali says:

    Jealous! I wish I could start mine… :P

    They are utterly fab.

  5. Yogicknitter says:

    The socks look fab and love the way that you knitted the cuff in on your way down. I still have to venture to knitting socks on circs - I am currently a DPN girl who loves her harmony knitpicks.

  6. Chantelle says:

    Wow! They are awesome :). Did they take long to do?

  7. Carrie K says:

    Oh wow, those are too cool! I love the zig zagginess of the pattern.

  8. alice says:


    you’ve got a ‘made my day’ award on my blog!

  9. Monika says:

    Hi Diane,

    What an inspiration, I have had a lot of other stuff happening and haven’t knit much in at least 3 weeks, but looking at your gorgeous socks, wow!! they are beautiful, i love the colours. Must get knitting and feel proud to finish one of many projects OTN’s.

    Hope to drop by the shop soon.
    Warmest Wishes Monika

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