Do I Like Sock Knitting?



I have seen some crazy sock knitters out there. 
Those people with drawers full of hand knit socks. And they are gorgeous. I love the idea of having my sock drawer stuffed full of hand knit socks. The tiny bit of private luxury. Because very few will take notice of the woollen wonder on your feet (other than the people on your instagram feed). But still, what luxury.

I have been making my first pair of socks (to be gifted). I try to keep this little luxurious image in mind while making them, but it is hard. 
I don’t know if I like making socks.
Firstly, I am making them on DPNs, and I am not a big fan of them. Especially since they are metal and I drop stitches too much. 
Secondly, the stitches are so small that it takes more concentration and time to knit. Even if it is basically just knit stitches.
Lastly, second sock syndrome. I am working hard at combating this plague by working on both pairs of socks “at the same time”. As in, I have one sock on one set of DPNs and one on another. But that just makes progress seem even slower which makes me want to knit less. 

But on the flip side, the yarn I chose is beautiful. For future projects I would be using self-striping which I think would just be so fun to use.
And even my needles are tinted a pretty copper colour and  it makes me happy. 
And making the heal is not as big of a deal as I thought.
And they are a really great project to carry around. 

So maybe I do like knitting socks?
I think the jury is still out on this very important debate. 


Also, I am still a very new sock knitter and would love any tips and tricks you can offer!

11 comments

  1. Maybe you can try knitting two socks at a time using magic loop on circular needles? That would at least solve second sock syndrome and using DPNs. Also you could try different types of DPNs, wooden or I personally prefer the knitpro Karbonz. I really like the yarn you are using for this sock, I'm sure it's going to be a great pair :)

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    1. I would have loved to have wooden DPNs, but I was anxious to get started so I just looked at Michaels and these ones were all I could find. Someone on Ravelry suggested that DPNs would be easiest for my first sock knitting attempt, but I would love to try magic loop next. Do you have any suggestion for resources for how to learn?

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    2. You could give this tutorial a try, I found it very helpful: http://heidibearscreative.blogspot.nl/2011/10/two-socks-at-time-on-one-circular.html

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree - I've not tried many socks, which is why perhaps I haven't found a love for them yet as the only pattern I've used is super simple (and REALLY patronising - seriously). I also don't like DPNs and if I could knit everything on circulars I would! I think I will have to try again though and attempt a more challenging pattern with lovely yarn - that will help right? OH NO I have to go yarn shopping ... again ... :D jenny xx

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    1. the yarn I am using is really nice stuff, so I think that is helping. Just another reason for more! Let me know if you find a really nice pattern to try!

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  3. I'm going to say that getting the right needles makes a big difference in how sock knitting goes. I've done small circulars, double circulars, and am now doing magic loop. I also changed from addi turbos to karbonz. The magic loop/ karbonz combo has worked very well for me.

    As for learning, do you have an LYS or knitting friends to ask? I found that the concept was less intimidating and easier to learn in person. It did slow me down at first. But with a little practice, I got much faster.

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    1. I'm wishing very hard for some interchangeable karbonz for Christmas this year!

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  4. I like bamboo needles for socks. Nice and light. Socks are just perfect to have going, when you don't want to think too much. Pay attention at the heel tho : )

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    1. I can see how they would be awesome on-the-go kind of projects. Also, bamboo needles would have automatically made me like knitting socks more.

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  5. I would suggest clover bamboo DPNS in 5" length. You would be surprised how much of a difference the shorter needles make. When I first started I had aluminum 7" needles and every round was such a hassle. The needles were slick and sticky at the same time and constantly sliding up my shirt sleeves. Not at all fun. Try shorter needles or magic loop and I think you will discover the enjoyment of sock knitting.

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    1. Now that I have finished these socks (most recent post) I think I would try again. I think magic loop would be best, but bamboo DPNs would be second best. But great great great advice for the length. Thats something I never thought of!

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