I knit socks! I am incredibly excited about this. I wish there was more (quality) daytime light so that I could take some decent photos to illustrate exactly why I completely love knitting socks (having only so far only knit one pair). But we'll just have to make do with some fuzzy photos courtesy of my camera phone and some inferior low-light shots.
May I present.... SOCKS!
I followed the instructions in the free Knitting Daily e-booklet How to Knit Socks: Free Sock Patterns and Instructions to Learn How to Knit a Sock (catchy title, no?). The pattern is called "Let's knit a sock!", and is aimed at complete sock novices. It's by Ann Budd (and is also featured in her book Getting Started Knitting Socks, which I've since bought).
It calls for worsted weight yarn, which is much easier to handle than the finer weights more often used for sock knitting. This does result in a chunkier (and cosier) sock - mine are perfect for wearing in wellies, or in walking boots. The weightier yarn is great for practising the fiddly stitches, which it turns out aren't so fiddly after all: if you can knit and purl, you can make these socks.
This pattern starts at the cuff and ends at the toe. The booklet does follow this with a toe-up pattern, but if you're just starting out, the cuff-down seems more straight forward.
The sock is knit on DPNs, and makes a wonderfully portable project (these guys were knit entirely during my weekday commute on the train and tube - I did lose one DPN down the side of the seat - it's gone to the land of the lost - the whole experience was quite distressing - especially because I decided to stick my hand really deep down the side of the seat trying to rescue the lost needle, which was a pretty disgusting experience).
Here's the heel. Turning the heel is a tiny bit tricky - especially picking up the stitches and knitting the gusset, but just look at how pretty it turns out! I was utterly mesmerised by the construction - so clever, and so do-able. (And incidentally, so comfortable!)
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And here's what it looks like from the inside:
And finally the toe:
And before you know it, you have socks!!!
These socks are far from perfect, and there are definitely areas where my technique needs improving. But let me reassure those of you who are sort of thinking about it, but are a bit intimidated by them, that these basic socks are really not hard at all.
I'm already thinking up my next pair! (It's so cold, that all I can think about are cosy knit projects!)
AND best of all, I accomplished one of my Sewlutions for 2013! hurrah! the other (a Minoru jacket), will have to wait until next year.
So tell me, do you knit socks?