There have been a lot of questions about knitting socks. Probably because that’s all I’ve been posting about lately. I promise I’ll get back to quilting some day . . some day when I have a home and a quilting room.
In the past, I’ve written several posts about knitting socks. This one was written in January, 2010 and this one was written in September, 2010. If you care to search the blog, I’m sure there are other posts. No doubt I said this somewhere in those two posts but I’ll say it again . . I had not knitted since college when I decided to knit socks. I had to find a group of elderly ladies who got together at the Methodist Church in Owensboro to show me how to even cast on. As soon as I saw one do it, I remembered how.
Then I set about trying to figure out how to knit socks. I learned using double pointed needles (DPNs). I felt like I was all thumbs. I can’t tell you how many times I had to rip that first pair of socks. I would get down to the heel and mess up and have to start over. I would get so frustrated — Vince begged me to just give up. I wasn’t about to give up and I’m so glad I didn’t.
There are so many ways to knit socks – toe up, cuff down, on DPNs, two socks at a time on two circular needles, the Magic Loop method . . and probably more. Maybe because I learned using DPNs but that’s my favorite method. I like doing cuff down (starting at the top of the cuff and working towards the toe) but I don’t mind toe up (starting at the toe and working towards the cuff). I’ve tried making two socks at once using two circular needles and the beauty of that is that when you’re done with one sock, you don’t have to make yourself do that second sock – it’s done too! But I don’t enjoy using that method. For me, it requires more effort but many knitters love that method. I tried the Magic Loop method and while I don’t dislike it, I like the DPNs better.
For the most part, I make plain Jane socks. I don’t have to count at all. I can set them down for a day, a week, a year . . and pick up right where I left off without having to figure out what row I did last or what row needs to be done next. I can do them in the car, while talking with Vince, while waiting for an appointment . .
Lately patterned socks have caught my attention. The Paraphernalia sock is so fun and so easy. Even if you’ve never done cables, find a tutorial or video online and you’ll see how simple cables are. The only thing I changed about the pattern was this: The pattern calls for using 5 needles. I’m more comfortable with 4, especially since my favorite needles are 7″ long. The pattern tells you to have 12 stitches on Needle 1 and 25 stitches on Needle 2. The chart is worked across the 25 stitches. These 37 stitches make up the top of the sock (the part that’s across the top of your foot and in the front of your leg). For the left sock, the 12 stitches are on the right side because the pattern is on the outer part of your leg. The marker tells me that’s where I would be starting the other needle if I had these stitches on two needles, but yet I’m only having to use four needles.
And, of course, for the right sock, the 12 stitches which are not part of the chart are on the left side of the cabled section.
And, one green sock is finished. I darkened the photo a bit so the cables would show up. LOVE this color!