Misadventures in Sock Knitting

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Today’s post deals with sock knitting. Whether you have been knitting socks for 32 years or just began yesterday, you were a beginner at some point, and you understand the struggle of learning how to make a more complex item. The pair of socks I just finished (you may have seen them on Instagram) is actually only my third pair, so all things considered I think they went well. However, I’m still learning about socks and I did run into quite a few snags, which I want to share with you. Hopefully you can avoid them if you’re new to sock knitting like me!

The first sock was started on double pointed needles, which I had used before on a thicker yarn with no issues. For some reason, this project started to show visible laddering, leaving a line where the two dpns met. Obviously this is annoying and not desirable, but I struggled through the rest of the sock by knitting more tightly to try to fix the problem.

If you look closely you can see the laddering down the middle of the foot…

For the second sock, I decided it would be best to change needle types to avoid laddering. The new needles I used were Clover 9 inch circulars, which can be found here https://amzn.to/2ND5BcK. Before I say anything else about the socks, I just want to say that these needles are awesome! The quality is great and they’re so much easier to work with than dpns. Once I was past the learning curve, the second sock went much faster and worked up perfectly with no laddering. The only downside was my gauge was slightly smaller on the 9 inch circulars, which resulted in… a slightly smaller sock! The good thing is it’s not to noticeable once they’re on, since they both stretch to fit my foot.

Left sock: 9″ circulars, right sock: dpns
I love how the lace turned out!

Overall, I’m happy with how my socks turned out and I will definitely by making more in the future. For me, the 9 inch needles were much better than the dpns for sock knitting, so I will always use them for sock knitting. If you like the pattern and want to make your own, the pattern is “Sock It To Me!” by Patons and is available as a free download on Ravelry! The yarn I used is Lion Brand Amazing Lace (find it here http://shrsl.com/12mjk or at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts). It is a 100% synthetic yarn so not everyone would like using it for socks, but it’s incredibly soft and would make a great shawl, scarf, or other accessory.

Did you have any funny sock mishaps when you were starting out? Let me know in the comments below 🙂