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Rye Light

January 1, 2019

Sock knitters are a special type of knitter. They always have a pair of socks on the needles, whether they’re using double points, magic loop, working their socks two-at-a-time, cuff-down, or toe-up. Sock knitters have this whole other thing going on. They knit socks anywhere and everywhere, watching kiddies at the park, riding the bus, or chatting with the in-laws! The socks go where they go.

We often hear from knitters that the next step on their knitting journey is socks. They yearn to become the type of knitter described above; a knitter with a memorized sock recipe that they make over and over. These knitters, on the cusp of becoming sock knitters, are intimidated by the heel turn, but ready to try something new! Our original Rye socks have been the first pair for many knitters since the pattern was released back 2013.

Well, for the last 5 years we’ve been hearing requests for a sock weight version of Rye! While we still recommend making worsted weight socks as your first pair (they simply go so much faster!), we know you all have a precious skein of sock yarn languishing in your stash, waiting to come out and play!

I knit Bodhi’s wee socks in ‘leaf jumping’, I love all those teeny tiny speckles!

For our splendid Rye Light socks we used Sunshine Yarns Luxury Sock in ‘be still’, ‘leaf jumping’ and ‘pumpkin bread’. It was absolutely delightful to knit with! I especially enjoyed the tiny flecks of all the colours in ‘leaf jumping’, it was like little bits of happiness with each passing stitch.The simple garter panel and otherwise plain nature make it a great place to use a precious semi-solid, or a wild speckle, anything goes!

Wrapped in woollies! These three are all wearing Flax sweaters and Rye Light socks, Emily is wearing her Antler Toque and Jordan is sporting an Apple Pie hat.

We have already given the Flax sweater and Barley hat the ‘light’ treatment and now we’ve got Rye Light! It’s the same modern simple design, but now in a lighter weight yarn. And of course the pattern is sized baby-to-big!

Rye Light Details

Pattern: Rye Light available here for FREE!
Sizes: Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S, M, L)
Yarn: 120 (180, 240, 320, 380, 480) yards sock / fingering weight yarn
Suggested Needles: US #1 / 2.25mm DPNs (or circular for magic loop) US #2 / 2.75mm DPNs (or circular for magic loop)
Tutorial: The Rye tutorial works for this pattern as well, the numbers are different but all of the concepts are the same.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. ciel3 permalink
    June 20, 2019 1:56 pm

    Comment s’appelle la couleur de la laine de l’homme?(chaussettes).

  2. tina @ september permalink
    January 17, 2019 7:56 am

    Oh so happy to knit these up :) Rye were the first pair I knit (for hubby) ages ago, thank you!

  3. OliviaOlivia permalink
    January 7, 2019 3:51 am

    Love he socks pattern and can’t wait to start a pair! Thank you!

  4. January 4, 2019 11:30 am

    Fabulous to have Rye Light, as someone whose first ever pair of socks was Rye. Couldn’t agree more about starting with worsted and who still knits the toddler version as gifts for friends.

  5. Helen Stephens permalink
    January 4, 2019 12:14 am

    I cannot thank you enough for this pattern! Living in Queensland, Oz I rarely cast on in worsted weight!
    Your patterns are wonderful and I frequently point lees confident knitters in our charity knitting network to your site.
    Blessings for the New Year to you all.
    Thanks again.

  6. January 2, 2019 6:31 am

    Sure I’ll cast one a pair!

  7. January 1, 2019 2:37 pm

    Thank you so much! I recently knitted up a pair of the original Rye socks and have been itching to make more, but really wanted some sock weight ones. Your timing is perfect!

  8. GeniaKnitz permalink
    January 1, 2019 12:02 pm

    Any suggestions for a place to order Sunshine Yarns Luxury Sock? Thanks

  9. joan s permalink
    January 1, 2019 9:23 am

    Thank you so much for another great pattern! I love your patterns and have made several but now I’m going to take on these socks. Love the pumpkin color!

  10. January 1, 2019 8:18 am

    This is fantastic! I love my Rye socks so much, and I didn’t know I wanted a light version until I read this post. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I might just go and cast on right away.

  11. Linda Quick permalink
    January 1, 2019 7:45 am

    I was one of those people. My cold feet so desperately needed good wool socks without a seam over the toes. One magic loop and 30 pairs later, I also have a pattern memorized that I can start and stop at the drop of a hat. That said, I am going to add your freebie to the mix. Thanks very much.

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