So a while ago, I decided to try my hand at knitted socks.
This was also my first attempt at knitting something that wasn’t a blanket or a scarf, and I found this link to be an extremely useful resource: http://verypink.com/2011/01/13/video-lesson-learn-to-knit-socks/
2 months later, here’s a drawer full of socks.
I should also mention, that all of them aren’t matching. I’ve yet to make an actual pair. I only followed the pattern once, so they’re all different sizes and shapes. I’m hoping that one day, I’ll make one out of the nice silk and cotton yarn that’ll match another silk and cotton yarn by coincidence (at least by size) – so I can gift it to my best friend. Halfway there!
They’re very fun to knit during concerts, lectures, bus rides, queues, tv shows and toilet breaks. If you want to knit socks intuitively, follow the pattern anyway once or twice. Then follow these rules when knitting subsequent socks:
1. Knit a swatch. Seriously, it’s *actually* useful this time.
2. Watch a video on how to do the kitchener stitch before doing it. I was never quite sure I was doing it correctly until I did it by accident halfway through my third sock.
3. When knitting the heel flap, knit until it forms a golden rectangle. (length is ~1.66 times the width) before turning the heel.
4. When turning the heel, multiply the number of stitches on the heel flap by 2/3 and minus 1. This is the number of stitches you should knit before you k2tog, knit and turn.
5. If modelling the sock after your foot, knit the foot until you reach the base of the last toe’s nail. *Then* start reducing.
6. Here’s a more detailed description of the kitchener stitch:
6a. Position the two needles parallel to each other, horizontally with the leg cuff pointing towards you (not away from you). .The needle closest to you will be the “bottom needle”, and the one furthest is the “top needle”.
6b. With yarn needle, slip needle purl-wise (as if to purl) between the right-most stitches from both needles (bottom first, then top).
6c. Slip the right-most stitch off the top needle.
6d. Slip needle through the right-most stitch, on the top needle knit-wise (as if to knit). slip needle through the right-most stitch, on the bottom needle.
6e. Slip the right-most stitch off the bottom needle.
6f. Repeat steps 6b-6e
On a lighter note, I hid little cat magnets through my partner’s house. So far, he’s found 4 out of 5. Last night, I ordered 48 more and will hide them every time I’m over. You know, like how a serial killer leaves tokens. I hope that he’ll collect them until he’ll have a box full of little cats magnets.
He found the cat. The fourth cat.