There is something nostalgic about socks. Maybe it’s their coziness or that they make such great gifts for the holidays or the instant comfort they can lend to our feet. Whatever it is, it’s not just us who get warm, fuzzy feelings about hand knit socks. We saw several designers release special patterns over the holiday week. And while the holidays are almost behind us, there still are plenty of cold days ahead that call for socks to keep our toes toasty. Today celebrate happy socks and four newly released patterns for you cast on consideration.

Shepherdess Socks by Tracie Millar

These cuff-down socks are full of texture, starting with a band around the cuff. From there, the pattern fades into more subtle texture, with purl stitches strategically popping up to form small ridges (or little sheep if you if you ask the designer) throughout the stockinette stitch foot of the sock. Written to measure 7.5-9.5” in circumference, these socks will happily fit on most adult sized feet.

Flores Socks by Joji Locatelli

This pair of shortie socks with columns of lacework down the front will make feet your feet and heart happy. Designed by Buenos Aires-based designer Joji Locatelli, proceeds from this pattern will fund a kitchen project at a local women’s community house. Knit them now and wear them anytime of the year to keep feet cozy.

You Better Work Socks by Maxim Cyr

The first pair of socks in @maxtheknitter’s knitwear portfolio, You Better Work Socks is little work and a lot of reward. Use three colors of fingering weight yarn and reverse stockinette to knit these toe of socks that will feel soft against the feet. Available in seven sizes to fit feet sized 7.5”-10.5” circumference.

Simple DK Shortie Socks by Nicole Bracey

Shortie socks aren’t just for summer. These cozy, DK weight shortie socks are just what feet need to stay cozy when lounging on the couch or slipping into boots during a cold winter day. Grab 100-250 yards of DK weight yarn and a pair of US 3 needles to get these socks on your soon-to-be happy feet.