Isn’t it just such an amazing feeling when you achieve a goal. If you haven’t already guessed, I am now the proud owner of a pair of hand knitted sock, socks knitted by me and this time I loved every minute of this knitting journey! I feel as though I am understanding knitting quite a bit more than I did when I began the budgies!
You may remember that I fast forwarded myself to this goal by challenging Jane at Rainbow Junkie to crochet a pair of socks and I would knit a pair. Hers were finished some time ago but she has kindly waited for me to finish mine before posting about it. I shall share a link asap.
So how did the journey go? Well with all your tips in mind and the beginners guide to knitting socks book by Chloe Thompson, I decided on a plain sock but using self patterning yarn to make them more interesting. I chose drop fabel colour 522, turquoise/blue print which gives a fair isle effect (no, I’m not clever enough to be doing fair isle! Colour work is my knitting goal for 2016 all being well. )
I knitted them on three 3.25 needles with a fourth for working with. The only frustration with the yarn was that the first ball had several knots so I cut these out and joined it using the Russian join as I didn’t fancy having knots rubbing my feet. The second ball was okay so I think the first must have been a bit of a one off.
I actually knitted a gauge swatch, I avoid these where possible as it seems such a waste to knit something you are just going to rip out but I reckoned I really did need to be good here! I followed the example pattern in the book which takes you through step by step with lots of pictures. The book explains the whole process so well from choosing your yarn to darning them and really took the fear out of sock knitting for me.
I took the advice in the book and knitted the first two stitches on each needle tighter to avoid any ladders which worked! I think there was one mistake in the pattern, some of knitters may know, it said knit to last two stitches, kks, k1. But I needed three stitches to do that so instead I knit to the last three stitches then kks, k1.
The only mistakes I made were when a couple of times I gained a stitch and I was naughty, I didn’t have the confidence in my knitting to find out where I had gone wrong so I just knit two together! Also on the first sock I picked up the heel flap on a pearl row so the join shows on the outside but I didn’t realise where I had gone wrong for some time so I left it. Here is the first sock which I did wrong,
and the second which looked a lot better
And then there was the toe, I decided to be brave and give kitchener stitch a try, for the first sock I followed this video but for the second one I decided to try using the written instructions in the book but got in a right old mess and had to try to unpick it so it was back to the video. I was really happy with the result.
I had intended to get them matching and found what I thought was the right place to start the second sock but as I got going I realised that there were two similar pattern orders and I had started at the wrong green bit so they just had to be mis-matched!
Will I be knitting another pair? Yes, the bug has bitten, I already have the yarn, this time a pair for Josh, I just have to decide whether to be brave and try a different stitch this time! Abi has decided to try knitting her own and I think she is ever madder braver than me as she has only ever knit a bit of a scarf and a toy dog and hasn’t learnt any stitches other than knit!
So finally I just want to thank all of you for your encouragement and inspiration!
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