Introducing: Toasty Explorer Socks


My family likes to hike a lot. And when you hike you need hiking socks. And the best hiking socks, hands down, are wool hiking socks. Wool socks don't get wet like cotton socks do. They can actually absorb up to a third of their weight in moisture before you start to notice. Kind of important when come across a path that has become one big, up-to-your-knee, mud puddle. And more importantly -- when they do get wet, they still keep your feet warm. Wool socks also allow your feet to breathe (keeping your feet cool on warm days) and they are naturally odour-resistant. Very important for sweaty feet that have been exploring all day. 

So I realised that our whole family could use some more hiking socks and thus Toasty Explorer Socks were born. 


These socks are perfect for keeping feet toasty on hiking adventures. Sized for kids and adults, the whole family can have a pair -- no one’s feet need be cold again! The stitch pattern is small and easily memorisable so the knitting is fairly mindless and you can choose whichever construction is your favourite. Suitable for beginners sock knitters -- I’m happy to help and put up video tutorials as needed! (Tutorials can be found at

This pattern has three options: 
1. Top down with a heel flap, worked in one colour.
2. Top down with a short row heel, worked in one or two colours. This short row heel is worked over more than half the stitches to provide a better fit for higher insteps 
3. Toe up with a short row heel, worked in one or two colours. This short row heel is worked over half the stitches for a more traditional short row heel fit.

Sizes: Toddler (Child, Adult S, Adult M, Adult L)

Cuff circumference: 5.75 (6.5, 7.25, 8, 8.75)”

Yarn: 162 - 293 yards (148 - 268 m) of a DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) weight wool

Gauge: 11 stitches and 17 rows = 2 inches in stockinette stitch