I’ve been saying it for years: I want to learn how to knit, because I want to learn how to make socks. Sure a sweater would be nice from time to time, but what I really want to make is socks.
And so, at the first of this year, I set out teaching myself to knit. And now, eight or so months later, I’ve taken the plunge and have started on my first attempt at hosiery. Here’s my cute foot modeling the progress, and no I’m not actually making the thing around my foot as I go!
The pattern comes from the book Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel (do look into getting a copy if you or someone you love is into Harry Potter!). It’s the pattern for the house colored striped socks, but I decided to walk before I run and just do it in one yarn instead of stripes. The yarn is Froehlich blau…something (I think I threw away the label…) and one skein is proving more than enough to make a pair of socks.
Some stuff I’ve learned already:
- The first few rows are the toughest. After a while, though, it’s much less tangly and falls more into place.
- I don’t get “ssk”. If what they mean is slip 2 then knit, why don’t they just say that? And in the case of this pattern, it seems what it really wants is “k2tog” in order to get the stitch count it claims I should achieve. So that’s what I did and it looks just fine.
- When making a stockinette stitch in the round, the side towards you (or me at least) is the side that has the pretty little “v”s on it. Somehow after shaping the heel I got my direction switched and had pretty little “v”s on the inside and bumpitties on the outside. I figured out my mistake after two rounds though.
- What side the yarn is on when making a stitch really does make a difference in texture.
- Shaping the heel makes very little sense. The direction was confusing. But after a couple tries I realized what it was saying and got it, no sweat.
- I’ve been told this one: as soon as this sock is done, I should cast on the second one immediately or I may never get to it!
- It really isn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be.
I’ll keep you posted as to my progress.