Happy New Year! I hope you had (or are still having) a great holiday. This project was supposed to be for the holidays, but you know how things are … life. I thought the Ayla socks would make great wearing around the house or slipper socks, akin to reading socks, but made from something lovely, natural, and by YOU!
We used the luscious and seriously cozy Illimani Llama II, and our socks definitely turned out delicious! Camelid fibres like Llama and Alpaca tend to stretch once they are worn, so you may want to go down a needle size if you use this type of fibre. Wool and the wool blend the pattern is designed in (Berroco Vintage Chunky) tend to be springy and keep their shape much better. If machine washability is important for you, go with the Malabrigo Mecha or Berroco Vintage Chunky, both are superwash yarns and a no-brainer.
We used Illimani Llama II (2 skeins), but you can use a few other options:
- The pattern was designed with Berroco Vintage Chunky, which is an ideal yarn for these socks: it’s soft, machine washable, and they will wear well. (2 skeins)
- Malabrigo Mecha would make a GORGEOUS pair of hand-painted socks. It’s machine washable too, a plus for feet related projects. (2 skeins)
- Cascade Eco+ Merino would make beautiful socks, and you’ll get at least two pairs out of one skein. (one skein)
- Diamond Luxury Collection Baby Alpaca Sport would make gorgeous luxury reading socks, like the Illimani Llama II, but Alpacaish. (2 skeins)
- Illimani Llama II: 2 skeins
- 6mm/US10 double pointed needles (or go down to a 5.5mm/US9 for a tighter fit)
- cable needle
- Free Pattern