Start the new year in a fresh pair of socks!

This very seasonal design celebrates the Scottish New-Year tradition of First Footing, which, in Gaelic is known as Ceilidh Oidhche Challain (translating as “a visit on Hogmanay night”). In Gaelic, Ceilidh does not really signify a party, in the terms we know it today, but should be thought of more generally as a sociable visit. Ceilidh Oidhche Challain would traditionally have been very jolly affair indeed, as communities celebrated the turning of the New Year together with the sharing of songs, tales, and verse.

The first footing socks are available in kit form from Kate’s Online Shop. The kit contains yarn, pattern and project bag, in your choice of colourway: indigo (blue) or madder (red).

The pattern is also available as a digital download for £3.25

Or in print (for £3.25) from MagCloud

The cuff-down pattern comes in two sizes, S and M, to fit adult foot with 8 in or 9 in circumference.

If working from the pattern only, you’ll need 2 x 25g balls / 240 yards of each shade of Shetland Heritage to make the socks.

You may find it useful to go down a needle size when working the heel flap.


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