Before getting into some of the socks I’ve made, if there are any of you who want to make a pair of socks using Sockmatician’s Toe Up pattern, leave a comment on this post and I’ll make a pair along with you. I would propose that we start on February 17. That will give you time to get yarn, needles, etc.
I will not be giving step by step directions because that would be a violation of copyright. I will share my progress with pictures and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Just thinking through it, I’ll probably do posts as follows:
- Casting on and increasing stitches from the toe to the desired number of stitches
- Gusset knitting
- Heel flap
- Bind off
There will be a few days between posts. Once you get the cast on done and the increase from the toe done, you’re almost to the point of knitting the gusset. That goes really quickly, then you’re at the heel flap and ready to turn the heel. From there, you’ll be just knitting the leg . . mindless knitting for however long you want the leg to be, then the ribbed cuff, then the bind off and your sock will be done! You can do this!
If this is your first pair of socks, you may want to make one at a time.
The sock on the left is the sock finished last night using the Sockmatician Toe Up pattern. The sock on the right is my very first sock. I’m not even going to mention the name of the pattern because I was so excited to finish and wear them that I made the foot a bit short. Those socks have accidentally gone through the washer and dryer quite a few times and they’ve faded through the years but I made those sock in 2006 (I think) so I’ve been wearing them 14 years. At first, I wore them really often because I didn’t have many handmade socks but now I probably wear them twice a month or more. I have a habit of wearing the same socks over and over because once I get 10 or 12 pairs dirty, I’ll wash them and since I get dressed in the bathroom, I keep my clothes that I’m wearing in there so there’s a sock drawer in the bathroom and once the 10 or 12 pairs are dry, I stick them back in the bathroom instead of putting them back in the real sock drawer and rotating everything.
If you’ll use sock yarn that has nylon in it, knit at a tight gauge and take care of your socks, they will last a long time.
I think these were made with Opal yarn and they’re about 10 years old.
These were started in 2008 and finished in 2009. The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock and I’m still wearing them.
I do sometimes make socks with patterns but, for the most part, sock knitting is my relaxing knitting. I can put it down and pick it up much later and usually not have any problem starting without having to remember where I left off. I can do them while chatting or watching a movie. Every now and then a patterned sock catches my attention but, for the most part, no one ever sees the design so why bother? 🙂
The above socks are made from the Diamondback pattern and the yarn is Blue Moon’s Tigger Targhee (now discontinued). I actually liked the pattern so much that I made it twice (these are the second ones) and seeing how pretty they are, I may make that pattern a third time!
This pattern is Twist & Turn and the yarn is a Dragon Fly Fibers yarn. These were made in 2016.
These socks are from the pattern Two Thanksgivings Ago. The yarn is Invictus Master of my Feet, also made in 2016.
Looking back, I’ve made some really pretty socks! 🙂