Sock Knitting

Sock Knitting

After 8+ years of knitting, I am finally working on my first pair of socks. It was about time, right? Being a devoted garment knitter, I was so into the sweater construction, that casting on something different didn’t really occur to me. But if you are a part of this wonderful online knitting community, you are destined to see all these amazing socks popping out on the blogs, Instagram and Ravelry. I am still awed with these beauties by Tahnee from Woollen WildernessRainbow and Evening Stockings  this girl is a queen of sock knitting for me!

And just like that my Pom Pom socklets started to grow on the needles. There are so many firsts for me in this project – first project on DPNs (I use magic loop for everything in my knitting), first heel, first gusset… The most intriguing part is the construction, as I have no idea where I am going and where the instructions will get me. It is like reading a new exciting book with an unpredictable end.

But as always in very first projects that are some hidden pitfalls. First of all, I am a very loose knitter and if the yarn label recommends 5 mm needles, I go to 3.5 mm to get the gauge. And it is not a big problem in sweater knitting, as the needle size range is enough for me to go down with the needle size, but socks are already knit on 2.75 mm (US 2), the smallest size I can get down to is 2 mm (US 0) and I am still a little bit on the loose side. So, there is a big possibility that all the socks I knit will be slightly too big for me. Will see till FO.

Another thing I was wondering about is the yardage. When it comes to sweaters I can estimate easily if the yardage is enough and with socks it is a guessing game. The initial idea was to knit the whole socklet in silver color and add the contrasting pom pom. But then in the middle of the project I started doubt if the yardage will be enough for both socks. So, I put them aside to figure what to do.

Sock Knitting

I had an idea to knit the heel in contrasting red color, I was inspired by all the amazing patchwork socks my Granny knits. So, ripping out and starting all over again with the new plan.

Meanwhile my February KnitCrate sent an amazing sock yarn along with the pattern to cast on. I’ve never worked with the speckle yarn before and was too eager to cast on to see how the colors change. This is what great about learning new things – I start trying unfamiliar things! The problem with this project is that the pattern is written for teh magic loop and I don’t have a decent 2 mm circular needle, so I have to “translate” the instructions to DPNs, well I always enjoy the challenge, so that’s OK.

Sock Knitting

It feels nice to have an in-between small project on the needles to work on here and there whenever I have a free minute. Learning new things is definitely worth it – it is such a great boost for creativity! And though my love for sweater knitting is bigger than ever, I am always happy to “welcome” new projects.

Sock Knitting

Feeling a little sad that Yarn Along will be gone, I will miss seeing so many projects and books recommendations in one place. Thank you, Ginny, for hosting it for so many years – we had fun!!!

Have a great day!


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23 Comments

  1. Yay for socks! So much cuteness here!

    I tend to be a loose knitter as well — I end up knitting most of my socks on US #1s. The great thing is, once you’ve made a few pairs of socks and see how they all come together, it gets much easier to adjust the stitch counts to fit your foot — especially if, like me, you gravitate toward plainer socks! I can’t wait to see your progress!

    • Thank you, Katherine! Yes, I also think that over the time I will adjust my tension or a stitch count. I am open to imperfections – it is the part of the learning process.

  2. oh, that yarn is lovely. Such beautiful speckles.
    I rarely use more than 50 gr for each sock, actually it’s usually less, because there’s often quite a lot of left over with a big 100g skein after I am done. You could always check on the ravelry pattern size how much yardage they recommend. I also love contrast colours for heels, toes and cuff so I usually need even less.

    • Thank you so much for the tips, Corinne! As I changed the main color with the contrasting one for the heel, I know for sure it will be enough! Your socks are always so beautiful – very inspiring!

  3. I feel like I learned something new just from reading your post this morning. I am so happy you are not giving up on socks – it takes time and it’s not for everyone – I believe every knitter should try them at least once.
    It’s funny you say sweaters were your first love, because socks were mine. Before learning socks all I ever made was simple scarves. Taking a sock class at an LYS, I quickly learned all the things I needed to become an obsessive knitter!
    Have a great week 🙂

    • So glad to hear that you find here something useful, Lisa! I think it is so much fun to push your own boundaries and try new things – it brings the craft in new light, which is always inspiring! I hope you are having a great week as well!

  4. Alina, I had the same problem trying to get gauge when I learned to knit socks last year! I kept going down in needle size, in fact, and my gauge wouldn’t change. Ultimately, one of the ladies at the yarn store suggested I wrap the yarn around my fingers twice instead of once, to increase the tension. With this, I can get 8 st/inch on size 0s 🙂

  5. Sock knitting can be addictive, I’m on my third pair this year and I don’t even consider myself a sock knitter 🙂 Your new projects look beautiful.

  6. I think you’ll like working on socks in between you sweater projects! Excited to watch your progress in the world of sock knitting.

  7. Congrats on taking up your first socks, Alina!!

  8. Good luck with knitting your first sock!

  9. Wow! I love that speckled yarn! I have HUGE feet & tend to knit my socks so that I have about 6 inches of leg above the heel flap & usually use approximately 175 yards per sock. The stitch pattern will affect yardage of course. Good luck with your first pair. Your color choice is wonderful!

  10. The yarns you’ve chosen look great! Good luck with the first socks, hope you can modify the size just right! 🙂

  11. That’s awesome that you are starting some socks!! Hooray! The yarn looks wonderful, and I agree with you about Tahnee- her socks are pure magic!

  12. I am yet to tackle socks!! I just finished my first pair of mitts! I have also been a garment knitter exclusively till now. The idea of knitting the heel in red is great! And the speckled yarn is adorable! Congrats on stretching your knitting muscles!

  13. I love your grandmother’s socks, by the way! I’m curious to know what she knits with the yarn before she gets down to the bits used for the socks.

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