It’s not the perfect time to bare legs, but wearing the same pants look day after day can get tired pretty quickly. That’s where knee socks come in. A transitional staple and year-round accessory, knee-high socks add a stylish touch to any dress or skirt look. Unless you frequent Free People every weekend, it’s easy to forget about the tall, cozy socks or write them off as part of the preppy schoolgirl look. Knee-highs are more versatile than you think - you can grunge them up with motorcycle boots or pair them with platform sandals for a fun, feminine feel. See how two bloggers styled theirs below, and shop our selection of budget-friendly knee socks that you’ll never want to take off.
Hunter Knee Highs are designed with Hunter Boots in mind. They not only keep you warm as you’re walking through puddles, but also help create a feeling of a more snug fit around the calf. The rib folds right over the boot, showing off the knitty goodness inside, and accenting your raincoat.
The socks are worked in luxurious cables, with decreases added along the cuff to ensure perfect fit, and an optional tubular cast-on that ensures a stretchy feel and tidy look. The classic Dutch heel and four point toe means a well-defined shape for each element of the sock, and a sock that won’t slip off.
Sizing We explain how to increase the sock circumference and foot length if needed, including how to increase the size of the heel and toe. The measurements can only be decreased by using smaller needles and/or lighter yarn.
Materials About 250 g of DK weight merino wool, US size 3 circulars, and a sewing needle - a pretty simple kit! If you would like to work the tubular cast-on, remember to pick up some waste yarn and smaller needles.
Skills The sock is worked in cables, so it’s good to know how to use cable needles or otherwise switch stitches around. That said, if you’ve never tried it before, this is a perfect opportunity to give it a shot!
Note also that the pattern for the cables is presented in a chart, though all other instructions are written.
Winter is the best time to truly nail the layered look. But when you’re shopping for multiple pieces of cold weather clothing, especially outwear, the price of an outfit can quickly add up. Lucky for you, we’ve scoured your favorite brands and shops for the most affordable and stylish outfit options. With every item under $100, you can now create the layered look you love without going over your budget. From flared coats and faux fur to sweater dresses and knitted scarves, shop five affordable winter outfits below that will keep you stylish and cozy for the rest of the season.
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Style tip: pair a long coat with a knitted sweater dress and knee socks.