Category Archives: Alpaca Socks

AD Sockalong: Adding Patterns to Your Socks!

We’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s progress on their socks so far. We can’t believe it, but some people have already finished both socks! It’s not too late to join us–you can participate in the Alpaca Direct Ravelry Group. We’re knitting the Universal Toe-Up Sock Pattern Formula by Amy Swenson.

Today’s post is about adding a stitch pattern to your socks. We love basic sock recipes like this one because they give the knitter room to be creative. Rib patterns are great for socks because they provide lots of stretch. Besides your classic rib patterns we have three other ribbing patterns in today’s blog post.

You’ll work your stitch pattern on the top of the foot (which means just half of your stitches), and then after turning the heel the pattern can be worked on the leg (all of the stitches). When adding patterns it’s important to make sure that the number of stitches on your sock is compatible with the number of stitches required for your pattern. For example, if you’re working a k2, p2, ribbing you’d want a number that’s divisible by 4 .

Example:
Total number of stitches: 64, 64/4=16 –perfect!
Total Number of stitches: 70, 70/4=17.5–this isn’t going to work, as you’d end with either 4 knits or 4 purls. At this point you have you can increase two more stitches, work a k1, p1 rib that would work with any even number of stitches, or find another stitch pattern that’s compatible with the number of stitches for your sock.

Alpaca Direct stitch patterns for socks

 

For sock knitting we’ve written the directions for all of the patterns to be knit in the round. Broken Rib (Even number of stitches)
Round 1: *K1, p1*
Round 2: Knit

Cable Rib (Multiples of 4) This isn’t a real cable, but a mock cable that doesn’t require a cable needle.
Rounds 1-3: *P2, k2*
Round 4: *P2, k2tog but leave on the needle; then insert right-hand needle between the 2 stitches just knit together and knit the 1st stitch again; then slip both stitches from the needle together*

Waving Rib (Multiples of 6)
Rounds 1-4: *K4, p2*
Rounds 5-8: *K1, p2, k3*

We’d love to see your sock progress! Share photos in the Alpaca Direct Ravelry group, or leave us a comment on this post!

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Stay Warm During The Winter Chills With Alpaca Socks

With the holidays behind us and the a new year ahead, it’s time to focus on our goals for 2014.  One of my goals this year is to really improve my skiing skills.  We got up before sunrise on Saturday and headed up to Lookout Pass to get there right when the ski lifts opened.  My son was patiently giving me lessons as I tried new runs and techniques. It was great to spend time with him as I worked on improving my skills.  About 3 hours into my private lesson with him I realized I was cold…really cold!  In fact, I was so cold that I could no longer concentrate on my ski techniques and had to take a break from the cold and go inside the ski lodge.  What was the matter?  My fingers don’t usually burn…and my toes were numb.  Was it my new Jacket?  I normally wear a North Face Jacket but today I wore an Obermeyer Jacket.  I have another Obermeyer jacket that I wear for horse back riding and have never had a problem.  What was different?  I couldn’t figure it out.  Why was I so cold when under normal conditions, I would stop skiing because I was tired not because I was cold.  We decided to call it a day in the early afternoon and drove home to warm up.  It wasn’t until I was removing my snow clothes that I figured it out. I had been wearing regular merino wool socks and not my trusty alpaca socks.  I never wear anything but my alpaca when I know it’s going to be cold outside.  I would never chance being uncomfortable when I have the perfect solution, especially our new Alpacor ski socks that are super warm and great at wicking moisture out of my ski boots.

Alpaca Direct Ski Sock
Alpaca Direct Ski Sock
Alpacor Sock Technology
Alpacor Sock Technology

 When I got up that morning it was dark and I accidentally grabbed the wrong pair of socks.  What a huge mistake!  I can tell you, I will not make that mistake again!  If there are any of you out there who get cold feet and can’t seem to get warm, come in and give our alpaca socks a try!  This weekend was a big reminder of what life in the cold was before my alpaca socks and I don’t want to repeat it and wouldn’t want you to either!

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Warm Alpaca Socks Have Arrived!

Our Alpaca socks have been a big hit again this year.  The great news is we just received a huge shipment of socks so you can get them in time for winter and the holiday season. It seems demand for our socks grows every year as they make great gifts.  We hear daily from our customers that the socks they gave last year to loved ones were on the top of the shopping list to give again this year. There’s nothing like giving the gift of warm feet!

As most of you know, alpaca socks are a big step up in warmth from wool due to their hollow-core fiber.  In addition, they are hypoallergenic,  soft and luxurious.  We offer three basic categories of alpaca socks based on your needs.

Alpaca Direct luxury socks

These socks have a very high alpaca content in them while keeping them machine washable.  Anything higher in alpaca content and they will felt in the washer making them great for your doll collection but useless for your feet.  Our thickest, warmest socks are the Alpaca Direct Winter Boot Socks (we call them N20’s for short).

Alpaca Direct Winter Boot Socks
Alpaca Direct Winter Boot Socks

The great news is we just got a big shipment of them in yesterday and we now have them in some great colors like purple, pink, green and blue in addition to the traditional grey and black.    These socks are all time favorites with our customers and make a great gift for someone  who spends a lot of time outside in the cold weather or for anyone who complains of cold feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpaca Direct Sport Socks

Our line of sport socks have been selling like hotcakes with rave reviews.   The key to these socks is our unique designs combined with the patented Alpacor® fiber.

Alpacor Fiber
Alpacor Fiber

 

This is a very technical fiber that goes through 18 processing steps just to make the yarn.  The alpaca fibers are wrapped around a Tencel core to give you a lightweight yet warm and durable sock.  The entire sock is made with this fiber so you get the benefits of Alpacor® from shin to toe.   These socks are truly amazing,  we wear them all winter here in North Idaho and took them on our trip to Africa this summer to test them on a Safari in the heart of Zambia.  They kept us cool in the African heat and were excellent at wicking away moisture to keep our feet dry.

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Leopard we saw on Safari in Zambia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpaca Direct Ski Sock
Alpaca Direct Ski Sock

Alpaca Direct Sport Quarter Sock
Alpaca Direct Sport Quarter Sock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dahlgren Alpaca Socks

Ray Dahlgren founded Dahlgren socks many years ago and is truly a world-class sock designer.  He discovered the benefits of Alpaca and incorporated it into his socks to create designs that are very comfortable and have a patented Dristride® wicking system

that combines wicking channels with a mix in both natural and synthetic fibers to wick moisture up and out of your shoe.  His daughter Kris has since taken over the business and has added some great new styles that we now carry.

 

Dahlgren Dristride Wicking System
Dahlgren Dristride Wicking System

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dahlgren Sno Sport Sock
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Dahlgren X2 Winter Socks

 

We hope you get a chance to try a pair of our Alpaca socks. Once you slip your feet into a pair we’re sure you’ll be reaching for them every morning when you open your sock drawer!