Thursday Sock-Along: The Finished Sock

28137175102_85d8ec2d74_cBehold…a finished sock! Over the weekend I managed to complete sock number one. Once I got past the gusset, things went quickly. With the help of the YouTube videos I’d been watching, I managed the toe shaping and the Kitchener stitch closure. I anticipated problems with the Kitchener stitch as I’ve heard other people in the past dreading that step of sock knitting, but I didn’t have a hard time at all with the process.

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It’s a little loosey goosey in the gusset area, but other than that it fit my foot. At first I was afraid that I’d started the toe shaping too soon and that the¬†sock might end up being too small, but in the end it turned out all right. However, this yarn is awful for sock knitting. It’s way too stiff and scratchy, and not at all comfortable on the foot, so I’ve decided not to bother with the second sock.

Instead I’m going to try the Rose City Rollers¬†pattern. I’m an anklet kinda girl and these look like the perfect pair of socks to work on.

I’m linking up with a few other fellow sock knitters, so be sure to check out their Thursday sock posts, too.

Paula at Spin A Yarn

Hannah at Unsophisticated + Jejune

Alex at Alexand Knits

Katherine at Fiber and Sustenance

 

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The Knit List: Sock Patterns

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Someday, before I die, I would like to learn how to knit a pair socks.

I have tried, and failed miserably. My apprehension about knitting with double-pointed needles is what brought my first and only attempt to a screeching halt. But I still want to try again. That is, when I have more time to concentrate on learning how. In the meantime, I will continue to look for patterns via the internet, through knitting magazines and in books to add to The Knit List (aka – my knitting bucket list).

Here are a few that I really like:

  • Inlay. This pattern states the construction for these is “quite simple.” I really like the crisscross pattern.
  • Owlie Socks. This pattern is available through Ravelry as a free download. I just love the cute owl pattern repeated throughout the sock.
  • Lingerie. I’m not sure if I’ve ever thought of any sock as being pretty before, but this pattern sure fits the bill.
  • Pom Pom Peds. For a bit of nostalgia. I wore them as a kid. Do they still even make these???
  • Simple Knitted Socks. A sock pattern for beginners. I love the examples shown by the different knitters. Especially love the ones done by wrenknits. They just look like a comfy pair of socks.
  • Self-Striping Knit Socks. A pattern from Red Heart using their Heart and Sole yarn. Striped socks are always fun.
  • Slippers. A really cute pair of slippers, also from Red Heart yarn.

How do you feel about knitting socks? Do you have a favorite go-to pattern? What do you like/hate about working on socks?