These are the very first socks I’ve ever knitted, using this excellent free sock knitting tutorial. They were made using just over one skein of Malabrigo Worsted wool and bamboo double pointed knitting needles. How long did this project take me? Er, eight months!
I knitted up the first sock in February and couldn’t quite bring myself to cast on the second sock. Apparently, this is known as Second Sock Syndrome. Who knew? It’s a bit like running laps – and I’m bad at that, too. I finally got round to my second lap in October.
Which is why I’m very tempted that my next foray should be the Hippity-hop sock pattern from Loop. The socks mirror each other, which means they’re slightly different in the knitting, which keeps things interesting. Is this pattern over ambitious for a sock newbie?
In case you’re a sock newbie too, I can assure you that this isn’t so hard and it is fascinating to learn how a sock is constructed.
I intend to use these as bed socks, but I have a question for the sock experts out there. Well, several questions.
- How do hand knitted socks stay up when you’re wearing them out and about? There’s no elastic.
- How do you bear to wear hand knitted socks inside shoes or boots that are going to pill and distort the wool?
- When you’re down pat, how long does it take you to knit a sock?
They are all my questions for now. I’m sure I’ll think of more! Oh yes – any sock patterns you recommend? I may have caught the bug. They’re easy to knit on commutes and they only take … eight months to make!
Would you knit socks?