When I started knitting about a year and a half ago, I didn’t care about doing anything fancy – I just wanted to knit scarves, hats, mittens and … socks. The scarves, hats and mittens were relatively easy to learn, but, oh boy, the socks. I tried making a pair early on in my knitting experience and gave up after knitting a pair that was basically not wearable. I waited awhile and tried again and yet a third time without good results. At this point, I gave all of my sock/fingering yarn to my daughter who keeps me in gorgeous socks and figured I must have a mental block that kept me from doing what so many knitters consider an easy project.
Last week, I decided to give socks another try when I noticed a pattern on Ravelry called Easy Peasy Socks (“designed with the first-time sock knitter in mind”) by Stacey Trock. The pattern calls for yarn and needles that would produce a gauge of 6 stitches/inch and I used #3 needles and baby/sports weight yarn to make mine. I use only circular Magic Loop needles (circular with a long cable) and I was actually able to follow the pattern and make a pair of socks! Stacey issues a warning: “This pattern is annotated with lots of helpful hints & notes … it’s sorta like a transcript of what a sock class with me is like.” And it’s how I felt as I followed along – it was like a class with a very student-friendly teacher.
My big problem has always been the heel flap and gusset, and I was able to do this reasonably well.
I’m now in the process of adapting the pattern so that I can make it with a longer leg length, longer ribbing and in a fingering/sock yarn. I want to devise a formula that will allow me to make this very nice and “easy-peasy” sock in any size I want and using any needles or yarn that I choose. More on that later.
Here is Stacey’s free pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-peasy-socks-for-first-timers