|My first successful pair of socks.|
I love spending time alone in a yarn shop feeling the fibres and browsing the patterns. I am willing to spend a ridiculous amount of money on beautiful needles.
After several failed starts and knitting yoga socks (no heels, no toes), I decided that this was the year I was going to learn how to knit socks.
For some reason turning the heel and picking up stitches for the gusset intimidated me.
When I found the book How To Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy, by Edie Eckman, I finally found my key to successfully tackling my own socks. It gives very clearly explained step-by-step procedures for socks, along with photos to show what each stage should look like.
Youtube has been a wonderful self-teaching tool for crafters, and I have used video tutorials to see the process for a few stages of knitting socks.
I discovered that turning the heel (knitting short rows) was not difficult for me, but picking up the gusset stitches after knitting the heel just didn't feel or look right the way I was doing it. This youtube video is excellent and I love the nice braided edge it gives my socks.
Then once I had knit a few pairs I purchased the basic sock pattern from Churchmouse Yarns, which expanded my repertoire and gave me another way to knit a sturdy heel that I now use for all my socks.
|I love ribbing all the way down|
for a snug fit.
I have tried several different patterns for my socks and I love seeing the different textures as they develop.
There are several things I love about knitting socks:
|Grain stitch socks.|
- they are easy to transport and I often have my project bag in my purse, ready to work on if I have a few spare moments
- it is easy to adapt patterns and customize them once you understand the basic anatomy of a sock
- they are relatively quick to knit; I can knit a pair in approximately 6 days with dedicated knitting time
- they make great presents that everyone is happy to receive
- homemade socks feel so cozy and warm and it is satisfying wearing something homemade
My next challenge is to learn a different heel method, the fish lips kiss heel.
|Harris tweed rib stitch|
Here are some tutorial videos that have helped me on my sock knitting journey:
- how to turn the heel (short rows)
- picking up gusset stitches
- grafting the toe stitches: kitchener
- knitting socks using magic loop (there are several tutorials in the series)
* I used my own money to purchase How To Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy and I have linked to it because I think it is an excellent beginner's sock knitting book.