Knitting for men

Knitting for men

Hugs socks

Hugs socks

“I’VE NEVER known a man who can resist a pair of knitted socks, and if they’re Fair Isle socks, then that’s a bonus,” says designer Jean Moss. “This cosy pair is robust enough to wear either with or without shoes; the decorative striping in the heel does a good job of reinforcing it. For a less pronounced striped effect, swap the colours in the chart around to give a consistent background throughout, as in the second version.” Jean has used Rowan Felted Tweed Aran for a rustic-looking fabric and a warm feel.

SIZE: Small: To fit a man's small foot, circumference 231/2cm (91/4in)

Medium: To fit a man's medium foot, circumference 261/4cm (101/2in)

Colorwork hat with stylised fox motifs


To fit head circumference: 56cm (22in)

Cast-on edge to crown: 20cm (8in)


Rooster Almerino DK (DK weight; 50% baby alpaca, 50% merino wool; 112m/124yds per 50g ball)

A Caviar (206); 1 x 50g ball

B Starfish (218); 1 x 50g ball

C Cornish (201); 1 x 50g ball