As mentioned in the last post, January was dedicated to learning to make socks.
This was the first pair, bed socks, made with a little heavier yarn and bigger needles, top down and one at a time, using Stacy Trock’s pattern, Easy Peasy Socks for First Timers. I made them on dpns and learned to Kitchener to close them at the toes.
Since then, I’ve made a couple more pair, the first toe-up one at a time on two 24-inch circular needles.
And the third pair, toe-up, two at a time, on one long circular, magic loop method.
I spent a long time wishing I could learn to knit so that I could knit socks. And now that I have conquered that big fear and desire, I hope to knit many more pairs! I haven’t decide which method I like the most, but I suspect probably the last. All I know is, I may never make one sock at a time again after learning two at a time. I love the toe-up method because it is wonderful being able to use up all of your skein of yarn by working up as much of it as you can.
I currently have two more pairs going. The first is a very plain vanilla pair being made in a rainbow colored sock yarn – long color change. I’m using very small needles and have several other projects going, so I suspect these are going to take a while to finish.
The second pair have a little bit of pattern in them and are being made with another hank of yarn from Indieway Yarns in Lutsen, MN. I love how these feel.
If you are a knitter thinking socks are way beyond your abilities, or believe they are just too difficult, as with everything else in knitting, I believe you should just jump in and give it a try. There are many great youtube videos out there to help and so many terrific patterns and tutorials on ravelry. Dive in and give it a shot. It’s just yarn. Rip it out and try again if you don’t succeed.
I’ve found the videos of Liat Gat to be very helpful, as well as many others. Don’t give up.