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November 28, 2015

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Jules

I never thought I'd knit socks (seemed too fiddly in my opinion) and now here I am obsessed and searching for blog posts about socks. I'm surprised at the recommended needles. I use at least a 60cm circular (80 cm preferable) and don't change to double pointed needles ever (seriously allergic to them). I also think toe-up with a provisional cast on and short row toe is easier for trying out sock knitting as there is no picking up stitches for the gusset and no grafting at the toe. My first pair of socks were actually knit flat on two needles (back and forth) and I personally think this is a great way to dive into the world of sock knitting if you've not knitted extensively.

anny

bonsoir !!! de FRANCE bretagne
quel dommage de ne pas pouvoir traduire votre blog en français
je suis admirative devant vos chaussettes

ANNY

anny

bonjour !!! de FRANCE , bretagne

vos chaussettes sont très belles
je suis désolée de ne pas pouvoir traduire votre blog en français
j' aime beaucoup faire des chaussettes aussi

bravo continuez comme ça

ANNY

Diane

I share your sock knitting addiction. The variety of wool and colour is too tempting. There aren't enough hours in the day

zorab

These woolen socks are too much beautiful. mostly I see that woolen socks looks too dull but these are very charming. colors are also very beautiful. You have done great work by telling me that how to make these socks. I will definitely make 2 or 3 pairs for my lovely daughters by following this information.

Azar Najafi

Hello Lucy: I am Azar. I am an Iranian woman and love crochet and colour as you do. I did some crochets. I think The sun in square should be more bright. It is very nice of you to share it with us.Thank You
Azar

Victoria

Fantastic post! I tried sock knitting once before and could not get it. You have inspired me to give it another go. Thanks for all your wonderful tips!

Anne Wood

Beautiful socks. I can't find the Opal, Sweet and Spicy yarn in this colour way available anywhere on the internet (I'm in the UK) - any ideas? Thanks :)

Elsie Pop

Knitting socks feels like the PhD of yarn crafting to me! I'm terrified at the mere thought! Maybe it'll have to be a new year's resolution... xx

Sasha

Michelle, now your comment has me worried about knitting socks! I was planning to use the circular needles Christine uses, and Lucy used. Oh brother!

Sasha

This blog about knitting socks made me pull out my knitting needles! I have planned to learn to knit for a couple of years. Guess what I'm starting with? I will try Christine's sock tutorial. I am so excited! Thanks for sharing your sock story!

abusymum

Lucy, how can you go over to 'knitting', even for socks??!
A few weeks ago I sat down and figured out how to crochet toe up socks. I'm not a pattern writer, and the guide I used was a bit basic ( so I had to make it up a bit) but after crocheting 3 pairs, one each for my girls and me, I am happy I can still have cozy handmade socks but in crochet it takes me a fraction of the time, counting in hours instead of months (I did knitting classes a few years ago but its too slow compared to crochet, which I learned a year before the knitting).
But handmade socks, whether knit or crochet, are essential to toasty tootsies, so yay for the socks!

Jen

Well done indeed! Beautiful, identical socks! And socks are not an easy thing to knit when you're new (or newly returned) to knitting! Gorgeous yarn you had too, Joy has great taste!

Catherine Maudsley

You could write a book like the sock lady, her instructions look just like yours on your blog ( I have printed them off) go for it"!! GET INTO PRINT!!

Cheyanne

I think I need to learn how to knit! I tried to crochet some socks for my brother but the yarn and hook were so tiny I couldn't see what was going on! Maybe I need some readers lol.

mrs. smythe

I was taught to knit by a crocheter who knit Continental style for the same reasons you like it. Years later, I picked up the English method too, but I always revert to Continental when I make socks. And, it comes in handy when you're working on a project that requires more than one color. You can knit with both hands that way! Definitely a technique worth learning.

IsobelA

I love knitting socks - so much fun!

But you do realise, that the consequence of loving to knit socks is sock scraps, and that results in sock scrap blankets?

There is a lovely crochet one here:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/bryonybear/scrappy-sock-yarn-granny-blanket

But my favourites are the mitred square ones, like this:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/littlebobbins/sock-scraps-blanket-2

And then, of course, you get swept up into swapping mini skeins. It's just a big ol' rabbit hole, this sock knitting malarkey.

Lesley

Well done Lucy!! You have inspired me to learn to knit now (haven't tried since I was a little girl). Will make a change from crochet and I have seen so many vintage knitting patterns that I love. Have already headed to You Tube for tutorials and will buy some needles at the weekend. Thank you.

melissa

I too am first and foremost a crochet'er. So it was strange that continental knitting just did...not...work for me, no how no way. Wierd since its holding the yarn in the left hand just like crochet. But I found that my knitting was wonky, and I never could get control of my tension. I am an English knitter. However!! Once I learned to "flick" instead of "throw" (with flicking, you never drop the needle to wrap the yarn, you dip the needle backwards and "grab" the yarn), my speed increased 100x's. Once mastered, flicking is just as fast as continental. I kept trying to force myself to knit continental, because everybody kept saying it was the "right" way, and it didn't work. I'm glad I stopped listening to them or I would have never learned to knit as I have. THere are tons of vids on youtube about flicking.

Lynn

Nice job on the socks!!! They look fantastic!!!

Dee

I have never knitted socks but have crocheted many pairs and just love making them. They are so warm and hard wearing. Will now try knitting them for a change and hope I don't get 'two left feet'

Lu Douglas

Oh socks, we love them here too! Just the most rewarding project I the world, quick, no fuss and oh that yarn that stripes however, I'm disappointed tho, that the 30cm circulars are recommended. :-( they make it quite tricky, and often hard, for newbies especially, and even for others who are not newbies) to knit socks. I always recommend at least 60cm so it's not so tight to knit and I don't have to change to dpns for the toes or the heel. there really is nothing like wearing your own socks and I'm glad you've joined the sock club :-) lu

Karen Grant

Having an Austrian mother, I was taught continental knitting at the age of seven. My sister was taught to knit by our English grandmother and we always argued over which was the better method. Eventually we had a knitting race and the continental method wins hands down. Fifty years on I still get comments from people about the way I knit.
And socks? Yep, I've knitted socks for many years and enjoyed wearing every pair!

Ann

Well done you. I have sock knitting on my bucket list. I'm currently quilting and crocheting to stay warm. BTW, crocheted socks are supposed to be super easy to make.

Michelle

Fantastic sock knitting. It does get easier. I struggled with my first pair but now I have a plain sock pattern memorised and churn out loads of them as I can't wear shop socks. It's interesting to see how different people like different needles. I can't get on with the tiny circulars at all but I'm super speedy with DPNs although at the start it is a it like hedgehog wrestling as you say but the tiny circulars just give me cramp.

Can't wait to see more of your socks as well as your blankets as I'm addicted to making those too.

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