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I can’t believe I’m actually knitting socks! I have always wanted to make my own socks, which I did try a few years ago. It was a crochet project that was partially my own design and partially from a pattern I found in one of Nikki Trench’s Easy Crochet books. Even though I completed the socks, I didn’t like them at all. They were not very flexible or comfortable, making it difficult to get them on. This really put me off making anymore, especially when I found out that it is quite common for crocheted socks to not be very stretchy. At that point, I was not interested in knitting so I didn’t think I would ever fulfil my sock dream. However, I was massively inspired by the podcast of Emma Potter from Potter and Bloom and her love and joyful journey of knitting socks. She gave me complete confidence and passion for knitting socks and as I have been knitting a lot recently, I felt this was the right time to try. I opted for the Hermione Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder that Emma recommended, and you can find the pattern on Ravelry for free.
The pattern called for working in different combinations of knit (garter) and purl stitches to create a stitch pattern. These are some of the first stitches you learn as a beginner. The heel is a modified eye of partridge stitch, which is very easy to follow from YouTube videos. You can work either on double pointed needles or circular. For the circular needles, you can use the magic loop method or use 24” cable and work continuously in the round. I started with the magic loop method as I didn’t think you could work socks continuously round. However, I wish I had started with the latter method because I have ended up with slight ladders down the sides. They are not very obvious, so it is not a big deal, but I just couldn’t close the gap no matter how hard I tried.
I am currently on the first sock. I have only had to restart once because the needles I used were too big and I had to drop down to 2mm ones. Then I had to undo a few rows because I had started the heel the wrong way round. I have never “undone” rows before. I would usually just “unknit” them one at a time but because I had knitted so many rows before I realised it was wrong that it would have taken me ages to unknit all of them. I used a book called ‘Knitting and Crochet Bible’ by Claire Crompton and Sue Whiting, which shows that you pull the needles out, hold the work in your hand and undo all the rows down to the row BEFORE the last one that is wrong. Then you put the needle back through the stitches and unknit this last row. That way it doesn’t matter how you put the stitches back onto the needle because the unknitting will arrange them the correct way round.
I frequently try the sock on as I go to be sure it is remaining the correct size and the yarn I have chosen is working up easily and quickly. I will update you as I progress.
I have now completed one sock. It has turned out incredibly loose around the leg and tight around the foot. I got my daughter to try it on too, and she felt the same but said she would still like to have them. So, I will be making the second one in the same way. However, for my next pair, I will be using 2.5mm needles and less stitches on the leg. Hopefully this will create a better fit.
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Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter 4Ply (Shade - Archie):-
2 x 50g (1.75oz/226yd/247m) balls.
Weight category: UK 4Ply [US 2/Fine/Sport/Baby].
Tension/gauge: 28 stitches x 36 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 3.25mm/UK 10 [US D/3] knitting needles.
The knitting needles I used were 2mm/UK 14 [US 0].
I give the Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter yarn 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It is amazing to work up;
- There is an extensive range of colours;
- It is wonderfully soft;
- The finished result is lightweight, yet warm and cosy;
- It is a bit expensive – I paid about £3.80 per 50g ball, and, even though it is worth it, larger projects will be very expensive to complete;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.
I hope this brings you creative joy and inspires you to start your own yarn-tastic journey.
Let’s get yarning!