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
My youngest daughter keeps me supplied with beautiful hand-knitted socks …
…but occasionally, the yarn is too heavy to fit comfortably in my shoes. Then, they become wonderful sock slippers to wear in the evening while I’m watching TV or reading. To protect the soles of the socks and provide better traction when walking, I was looking for something to add to the bottoms and thought about using foam inner soles. They work perfectly. They are lightweight, easy to sew, economical and wear well with light use.
I used three strands of embroidery floss and whip-stitched the soles in place about ¼ inch apart.
The sock is easy to stitch by placing it over one hand and stitching with the other, but if you happen to have one of these gadgets for helping to put on socks, that works even better.
This would also work well for socks that have developed a worn place on the bottom and allow more wearing and enjoying time for these hand-knit beauties.