When I finish this post, I will do a second post with the link box for your socks. This one is going to be long enough that you won’t want to scroll all the way through it to get to the link box.
Here are the socks I’m wearing today!
These are the very first socks I ever made and they’re over 6 years old! They’ve faded a bit but otherwise, they’re in excellent shape. In this blog post, I talked about my beginning efforts at sock knitting. I still think of Susan every day — either because I’m knitting socks or wearing beautiful socks I’ve knitted. As much as I wanted to learn to knit socks, I’m not sure when I would ever have taken the time to do it it but when Susan sent me that package and said “Do it!” . . well, I had to do it! You never know how some small thing you do for someone might be a life changing event and though it isn’t like curing cancer or anything to that degree, knitting socks has been a wonderful experience. I love knitting them. I love wearing them. I love giving them as gifts and . . I love shopping online for sock yarn! Thank you again, Susan!
There’s hardly a day that goes by that someone doesn’t write me and say they want to knit socks. Here’s my advice: It’s yarn and needles! It’s not brain surgery. If you try and you don’t like it or you mess up, no one is injured or scarred for life. You can throw it all in the trash or give it to someone else to try.
There are so many you tube videos that will help you get started, help you turn the heel, do the kitchener stitch . . there’s no reason not to try it if it’s something you think you want to do.
Be prepared for failure .. maybe! I had not knitted since I was in college and I made so many mistakes. I didn’t know how (and still don’t) to unravel back to a mistake without unraveling the whole thing and starting over. I’ll be I ripped the first sock back to the very beginning and had to cast on again at least 10 times. I was better by the second sock and probably had to rip it out maybe 3 times. I remember getting so frustrated and Vince saying “Please . . just give up. You’re not ever going to get it!” Oh . . that was all he needed to say. I knew I could . . I just didn’t know if I had enough years left.
This yarn is so durable . . it was ripped out and re-knitted so many times and it’s held up through over 6 years of wear.
If you’re one wanting to knit socks, tell yourself right now that you’re going to do it! You’re going to somewhere before the weekend is over and get some yarn and needles or you’re going to order what you need to get started. As far as beginner yarn, the Sockotta that I started with is good. The Opal is good and there’s still some on sale at Simply Sock Yarn.
Say you decided to go with this yarn. In the description, you will see that it knits up to 8 stitches per inch on a U. S. #1 needle. That is a 2.25 mm, which is the needle size I most often use with sock yarn and I would order these.
As far as patterns, I like the Socks for the Family booklet by Yankee Knitter. There are many basic patterns out there. That’s the one Susan sent me and I’ve stuck with it all these years. You can knit toe up or cuff down. You can use double point needs, or various methods with circular needles. There are so many options!
It’s kind of a guessing game to start with until you know how tightly you will knit but just do something and get started and then show us your pictures!