#FreeYourSkeins2015 Day 4: ‘Business Casual’ by Tanis Lavallee

Business Casual sock pattern

‘Business Casual’ by Tanis Lavallee, via Flickr. Image Copyright Tanis Lavallee.

Taking those socks from work to play

Our first sock pick of the #FreeYourSkeins2015 mission brings us ‘Business Casual’ by Tanis Lavallee. The perfect combination of simplicity and classic Argyle styling, these socks make a statement both at work and at play. The slipped stitch detailing adds interest for the knitter and picks out the colours in the yarn.

This would be a great pattern for semi solid and variegated yarns, as the slipped stitches allow you to break up a busy variegation and tone it down if necessary. Even better, it’s a free pattern! Perfect for either gentlemen or ladies.

For socks, you’re looking at a yarn with a bit of nylon for strength and durability, ideally. A 75% Merino/25% Nylon is always going to be a strong contender, as is a high twist 100% Merino yarn. You could up the luxury with a base containing a little silk, however this may make the sock structure a bit less firm. It’s also a great choice for breed yarns that are strong and lustrous, such as BFL or Wensleydale.

What would you knit this pattern in?

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