Although I have been knitting for years, I was always scared of making socks. Closing the toe, turning the heel -- these ideas were foreign to me. Then there are all of the decisions involved: double pointed needles or circulars, toe up or top down, two at a time or one, etc. But for my new year's resolution, I decided that I would tackle socks. To my surprise, they weren't difficult and only took a week to make! Here are a few quick tips I've learned from my first pair of socks.
- Do whatever the pattern says to do. The directions might sound strange, but give it a try. After you've followed your first pattern, you can decide on your variations. It's always better to understand the basics before trying something more difficult.
- Use self-striping yarn. Many sock patterns include several inches of straight stockinette stitch, so the color changes in yarn helps you keep track of your stitches and keeps knitting fun.
- Try on your socks as you're knitting! Stop at the end of a round and carefully slide your foot into the sock, making sure not to knock any stitches off your needles. This will help you make the sock the perfect length.
- Have confidence. Half the battle with socks is your own perspective.
These are my first pair of socks. I used the Basic Socks pattern with Sock-Ease in Rock Candy. These socks have just the right amount of stretch to them, and they're very comfortable. I'm already making my second pair.