So you’ve always wanted to knit a sock? or not. If not, I hope you’ll return to the blog tomorrow.
A math teacher friend and former colleague is preparing to knit her first pair of socks. She inspired this hand knit sock post. My friend in Florida who is finishing a pair of socks she started knitting for her son about five years ago and now she has the time to knit the second sock. I think she is on the toe already.
When I first thought of knitting a pair of socks, I thought it looked too difficult. Now I average a pair a month. My friends say” it’s too much trouble” but the way I see it, I’d be in trouble if I didn’t have sock knitting in my life. Especially now as we are staying at home.
A blog post by knitter, author and designer Susan B. Anderson describes in detail How I Make My Socks and is a great start. There are patterns on Ravelry and videos on YouTube.
These striped socks are knit with some very smart yarn that knows how to stripe all by itself, it’s the way the yarn is dyed. Looks complicated, doesn’t it? The following 4 pairs of socks are knit in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature Yarn from UK bought at McWalker Yarns in Millvale PA. Although their physical store is closed you can still order online. (and if you are out of work you can apply for a $50 mini-grant for yarn to knit a project during isolation due to COVID-19 click name of store to get details or order knitting supplies, sock or otherwise)
This first pair is knit by a friend and neighbor who just started knitting in December. Her first pair of socks. She knit them on 2- 16″ circulars, one at a time. She is a very tidy knitter. I helped her along the way and she watched a couple of videos but she is now finishing her third pair. Every once in awhile she needs reassurance she is doing the knitting correctly but she’s got it all by herself now. I am proud of my excellent student and I think her socks look great!
All West Yorkshire Spinners Signature Yarn
Bag by Tea in Australia
Jelly Rolls Sock Pattern/ Pink Flam
You have a smart phone? a smart TV? Here’s some other smart yarn. And you can wash these socks in the washing machine. There is a handwash setting on my machine I air dry mine.
There is Regia Yarn by Schachenmayr and cotton yarn Tutti Fruiti II,Regia Design Line or Regia Pairfect by ARNE & CARLOS 4-ply (fingering weight). 75% Virgin Wool and 25% Polyamide. I finished both pairs that are shown completed. Kid socks (in the middle photos)_are fun to knit and take less time.
Allergic to wool? Here are two skeins of cotton sock yarn and a pair I knit for a friend
Cotton socks by Regia Yarn
If you’re a blog follower, you might remember my poem The Satisfaction of Sock Knitting on an April post four years ago.
A Handknit Sock
There’s a math to it. The cast on. Count
the multiples of four.
Last year it was hats and cowls.
This year, socks.
I want to try the fish lips kiss heel.
It’s a simple thing. How a sock is knit.
You start with yarn.
Needles as slim as toothpicks.
Terms like toe and gusset and cuff.
My friend says, "it’s too much work."
There’s a rhythm in the repetition.
The making. Clockwise circles.
Some throw, some pick.
Row after row after row.
In time you get length and warmth.
There’s the calm you long for,
around and around and around.
Turn heel for a path to Zen.
You think of those you love.
The grandmother who taught you.
The wet squeezed out,
pairs hang to dry. Later fold
their softness, admire the colors,
Find comfort, hidden in shoes.
My squishy hand knit socks.
or my page on the Comparative Analysis of Knitting Socks when I started six pairs before Christmas using all different methods- two at a time on a long corded (32″) single circular needle – Magic Loop, there was a single sock on an 8″ circular (that took a few inches to master) a single sock on two 16″ circulars, the set of sharp double point needles- one at a time, and then wooden and metal needles to add to the mix. Toe up, cuff down. Fish Lips Kiss Heel, Flap and Gusset, Afterthought Heel and Eye of Partridge.
Maybe someone reading this blog post will get some needles and sock yarn and give it a go. If you decide to try it, please share your photos and experience as you start knitting socks.