Completed: I Knit Socks!

24 Dec

I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since I learned how to knit! Where has time gone?

When I was first starting my journey into knitting, there were really only two things I was interested in making – sweaters and socks. The sweaters, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, have not been a problem – as of last count, I’m working on #18 (yes! I looveeee sweaters!). Socks, on the other hand, have remained a bit of a mystery to me. I made it worse by trying to be picky about every pattern I considered – I wanted to learn to knit socks on Magic Loop, I wanted to do two at a time, I wanted the yarn to be fingering weight, etc etc. I am pretty sure it was less that I wanted a ‘specific pattern’ to make my first pair of socks with, and more that I just wanted some more excuses to allow me to push everything to the backburner! Needless to say, I haven’t knit a pair of socks – or even attempted to knit a pair of socks – since I first started my Journey of the Knit ‘way back in 2011.

Dancetty Socks

UNTIL NOW HEH HEH HEH.

Dancetty Socks

Sorry about the pictures! It’s surprisingly hard to take photos of your own socks – who woulda thought? As you can see, my reupholstered chairs are well used and loved, and, yes, that is a ladder with a plant on it under an American flag in the background (results of some drunken “how hipster can we make this wall?” night. I always laugh when I see the Hipster Wall. It stays.).

Anyway – socks! My first pair, go ahead and feast your eyes!!

Dancetty Socks

Dancetty Socks

Every time I think about how ridiculous this must have looked to anyone who might have happened to peer in my window (Truth: We don’t close our curtains. At least not in the dining room, where this took place), it makes me laugh more. Oh, the things I do for blog photos.

Dancetty Socks

Imma try to keep this short and sweet, because it’s Christmas Eve, after all (sorry to give y’all socks for Christmas! Am I the worst ever or what?!). The pattern is Dancetty by Abbey Morris (keep reading for a coupon code!), and I used one skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine for both of them (with tons leftover). I’m just going to be totally straight and upfront with y’all – I ultimately chose this as my first sock pattern because Abbey offered it to me in exchange for a review. Otherwise, without that gentle push, I might still be spiraling down the endless turmoil of “I don’t know what sock pattern to knit fiiiiiiirst!!” Abbey assured me that, with my knitting experience (17 sweaters, man!), I would find these easy enough for a first time. The ladies at my local yarn store, Haus of Yarn, were confident I’d have these finished in a week. In reality, these took me two months. One month per sock. Ha!

Dancetty Socks

I knit these socks with size 0 DPNs (double pointed needles) – the 0 was based on my gauge swatch, and the DPNs are how the pattern is written. I actually really appreciated the way the pattern was written, because it kind of dumbed things down enough to where I could easily follow the instructions (pretty much blindly on my first sock, ahaha) and still get a good result. Each section tells you how many stitches to have on each needle, and there are separate lace patterns to follow based on what part of the sock you’re knitting. Apart from the whole lace sock thing, this was a somewhat mindless knit. The lacework… woof. That’s where things got interesting (and why these took me so dang long!). On at least the first sock, I think I unknit every other row, because I kept making so many mistakes. I’ve never been one to think lacework was super difficult, but something about it being in sock form was just ruining my brain (that, and I was trying to do this while watching TV and/or drinking. Whoops?). That being said, I was really happy to turn the heel – I’ve always heard that turning the heel is magical, and it kind of is!

Sock #2 took about the same amount of time as sock #1, but the process was much smoother. Since I already knew what I was getting into, I didn’t make as many mistakes – but I did take a lot of breaks, which was why this was so slow-going! I know that Second Sock Syndrome is a real thing for sock knitters, but for me, it was nice to be able to try again the second time around and make improvements when possible.

When I finished both socks, they were initially a little short in the foot. An overnight wet block (I used sock blockers, mostly because I wanted to buy something new, but you could just block them like a sweater too I guess, and pin the heck out of them) solved that problem. I’m also wondering about the cuff – see how it’s scrunching down? How can I get it to stay up? (A knitter’s lament) Should I thread thin elastic through the edge like I do with my hats?

Dancetty Socks

Dancetty Socks

Dancetty Socks

Anyway, this was a fun pattern to knit up! If you can do simple lacework, short rows, and knit in the round – you can knit socks. It’s really not much different than knitting a sweater (although it might take as long! Oh no, wait, that’s just me πŸ˜› haha!). Next up, I want to try knitting socks with Magic Loop – while I didn’t think the DPNs were fiddly to knit with, it was hell on earth trying to transport the damn things. They kept slipping out of my stitches and wreaking havoc on everything, no matter how I tried to store my WIP. Also, note to self: don’t buy bamboo DPNs, you will snap those sticks like the toothpicks they are. Good way to feel like a Hulk Woman, though.

Next sock pattern in my knitting queue? Good question! I’ve had my eye on these Little Cable Knee Highs (have you seen Michelle‘s? Oh my god, Becky.), except, ugh, the DPNs again. Any good suggestions for fingering-weight socks knit on circular needles?

Want to try Dancetty yourself? Use the code “Lladybird” to receive 50% off any pattern from Abbey Morris Designs Ravelry Shop. This code is good through January 31, 2015! Thank you so much, Abbey!

Dancetty Socks

That’s all for now! Ravelry notes are here. I hope y’all have a very Merry Christmas and a lovely end to your December! I’m just now awakening from the throes of my DEATHBED (first time feeling human since Sunday night what up y’all), and I’m looking forward to spending some time with the family, the boyfriend, and my handknit socks. Yay!

Disclaimer: Dancetty was provided to me, free of charge, from Abbey Morris Designs, in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. And I am very happy to finally have a pair of a hand-knit socks in my arsenal. Christmas miracles really do happen.

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62 Responses to “Completed: I Knit Socks!”

  1. helen December 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Good job! I love knitting socks. I was up late last night finishing a pair for a Christmas present for my husband. I’m not very adventurous with my patterns, I tend to rely on self patterning yarn for the interest. I’m quite happy with DPNs but then I haven’t tried any other method so far.
    Happy Christmas!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      I have never really been drawn to self-patterning yarn for sweaters, but I think it’s really cute for socks πŸ™‚ Might try that next instead of trying to include a bunch of crazy cables and lacework πŸ™‚

  2. Beth December 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    LOVE the socks! Re the cuffs slouching, I can relate although I’ve got really muscular calves (Jazzercise and hiking) while you are truly a petite li’l fleur πŸ™‚ What I’ve done (and am currently doing on the pair I’m knitting) is to pick up stitches at the top of the cuff, decrease a “few” and then add about an inch in K1,P1. Helps a lot! If I can ever figure out how to tell that the curse of the slouchy sock cuffs is about to descend, you’ll be among the first to know! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      That’s such a great tip! Thank you! πŸ˜€

  3. Sue Prichard December 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Because it’s the time of year to be grateful, I just have to tell you how MUCH I love reading your blog. You are SO freakin’ funny! I laugh out loud when I read, causing my husband to call down from upstairs – “are you reading HER blog again”? I’m old enough to be your grandmother, probably, (70), sew a lot, am about your size, and am totally inspired by what you make and do. Cute sox, by the way, and who besides you could make sock blog photos look fun and interesting? So thank you. Your great sewing skills and wonderfully authentic personality do not go unnoticed. Merry Christmas !

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment!! You just made my day β™₯

  4. Alison December 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I’ve been knitting socks for more than 10 years and still learn and try new things. I use DPNs but think you can translate any pattern to your chosen method. Stitch markers would probably come in handy for that. I find k2p2 ribbing to be stretchier than k1p1, so try that and maybe make the cuff a little longer. If you like DPNs except for the transportation issue, look at http://spinspinspin.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/socks-on-the-go/ for some ideas.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

      Thanks so much for your tips! Ahh, that toothbrush holder turned WIP sock holder just blew my mind. Fucking brilliant!

  5. weefrills December 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Great Job! Good-looking socks. I’ve never knit a pair in a week.

    • weefrills December 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

      PS–Karbonz DPNs are what I use to knit socks. When I used bamboo DPNs they got bent.

      • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

        Gonna try those next then! The bamboo ones just aren’t cutting it for me 😦

  6. Becky December 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Very cute socks! I like using DPNs or circular needles for socks. Circs eliminate that transportation issue, and I don’t drop stitches as often. Alpaca is one of my favorite fibers, but it bags like a mo-fo, no matter what you make with it. A sweater made of pure alpaca will grow and grow. I suggest that you use real sock yarn for your next pair. The fiber blends in sock yarn are much more elastic. Socks made from mohair and alpaca are very warm, but not practical. They will not wear well. They make great bed socks. Also, a K2/P2 rib is much more elastic than a K1/P1. Socks with an all over rib pattern will stay up better. If you find your socks still don’t want to stay up, knit elastic in with the ribbing portion. You can run some elastic through the ribbing on these. It would help a bit. I highly recommend sock yarn. I predict you would be much happier with the finished product over time.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      This shows how much I have to learn about knitting and yarn fibers – I didn’t realize I wasn’t using dedicated sock yarn! (although I did know that about the alpaca… and I guess I just forgot). I asked my LYS for suggestions and that’s what they said was best for making socks. Womp womp. Guess I’ll need to look for a more suitable yarn next time.

      Thanks for all your tips on keeping that cuff up! I have lots of ideas for my next pair now πŸ™‚

  7. B. Morgan Joy December 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    1. Do you already have some familiarity with magic loop? it’s my go-to method for every sock pattern ’cause I grip my DPNs too tightly and cramp my hands, and it is not difficult at all to translate a pattern written for DPNs to magic loop. I actually did make Little Cable Knee Highs two at a time that way!
    2. k1tbl, p1 rib is a bit firmer than regular 1×1 rib and may help with future slouchiness issues (as will a longer cuff).

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Oh yes, I Magic Loop everything I can get away with πŸ™‚ Love Magic Loop! That’s good to know that it’s easy to translate the patterns over to work with that, will have to try it πŸ™‚

      Thanks for the tips!

  8. Kelly December 24, 2014 at 5:43 pm #

    18 sweaters? 18 sweaters?!! Awesome socks, but I’m still not over the 18 sweaters! Man, you are a machine!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      I JUST LOVE KNITTING SWEATERSSSSS!! πŸ˜›

  9. Anna December 24, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Although these are cute socks (I want some! oh ps I don’t knit, so there’s that), mostly I just wanted to high five you for the “socks for christmas” line cos it made me laugh.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

      Ha! I’m glad someone got it πŸ™‚

  10. Evie December 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Congratulations on your first socks! I’ve just finished the first sock of my first ever pair as well (and they are of course the Little Cable Knee Highs, because OMG Michelle’s are gorgeous!!). And 18 sweaters is beyond impressive.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

      Ooh, congratulations on finishing sock #1! Those Little Cable Knee Highs are intense!

  11. Alyssa A. December 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Ugh I LOVE this pattern! And the color yarn you chose is just divine!!!!
    I haven’t been knitting as long as you have, but I have had the same dream as you to be able to knit sweaters and socks! I actually am more chicken to try sweaters than I was to try socks, so I checked out this book from the library and tried the first one! The book is called “The Knitter’s Book of Socks” (appropriately), and is really NOT for beginners (to knitting in general), but I was determined to finish what I’d started! I think you’d find the patterns pleasing and not terribly hard. I am on my second sock after putting it off for a month! Haha…..But the book has so many beautiful patterns for fingering weight, you should really check it out! I am dying to try the pattern in your post here!
    While I have only ever done the magic loop on a single sock, my boyfriend’s mother does her socks almost exclusively that way (she also said TWO round needles work, but that gets to be quite expensive!), and says it’s really easy. I imagine there are many Youtube videos about how to do it.
    Love your site! Can’t wait to read more!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Ooh, thanks for the book suggestion! I am adding that to my wishlist now :DDD

      Also – don’t be chicken to try a sweater! They’re time-consuming for sure, but not difficult πŸ™‚ If you can work increases and decreases (and knit in the round and do short rows – assuming you’re working one piece, but I guess you already know that since you’re planning to knit socks), you can knit a sweater πŸ™‚ Just make sure you buy a yarn that you REALLY love because you will be looking at it for a long time while you knit it up! πŸ™‚

  12. hashigal December 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    I knew I could rely on you for a Christmas post!
    Great looking socks. Given that I can’t quite manage anything more than a scarf, they’re super impressive.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Thank you! You should try – I think the fun in knitting comes when you start adding elements that are a little more challenging πŸ™‚

  13. Samantha December 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Echoing what Becky said- alpaca is too soft and drapy for socks, do find yourself some sock yarn. It has a touch of nylon or some such in it, which helps the wool keep its shape. After years of using DPN’s I recently switched to two 24″ circulars. Much easier on the hands, hard to drop stitches, and no ladders…. Socks can become addictive, they are great traveling projects and nothing feels as good on the foot….

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      I wish I’d known this wasn’t a dedicated sock yarn! I was just going by the suggestion of my LYS, but I know now for next time πŸ™‚ And you’re right – socks are PERFECT for traveling projects. They’re so small and portable, and if you finish them – you can wear them! πŸ™‚

  14. SeamstressErin December 24, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

    My trick for keeping up hand knit socks that won’t stay up is to crochet a line of elastic on the inside. I’ve got a tutorial if you’re curious. https://seamstresserin.com/how-to-add-crochet-elastic-to-keep-socks-up/
    Super cute! I’ve been knitting nothing but socks for 4 months now and I am seriously craving a sweater project now!
    I recommend giving all the different knitting methods a try and then deciding what you like best. I personally prefer to knit on dpns, fwiw.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks for all the tips πŸ™‚ Will definitely keep that crocheted elastic in mind if I can’t get my yarn/ribbing to work in my favor πŸ™‚

  15. Ruth December 24, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    My mother used to knit the thin see through jewelry elastic into the cuffs if her socks. Worked a treat. πŸ˜‰
    Happy Holidays! (And yes, seriously? 18 sweaters? Maniac)

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      18 sweaters – never enough πŸ™‚ hahahaha!

  16. justine December 25, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    So pretty! I’m in awe of your skills. I bought a knitting course on Craftsy. This is the year I finally learn! Merry Christmas.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      Yay, congratulations! You are going to LOVE it! :DDD

  17. Kim December 25, 2014 at 3:39 am #

    Love your socks! I still have to knit my first pair too, but I keep being persuaded by all the gorgeous sweater patterns out there.. Have a merry christmas!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

      That was my problem too! Too many beautiful sweater patterns, not enough time to knit them all!!

  18. Alaina December 25, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    If you want to keep the k1p1 rib in a sock pattern, you could try twisting the knit stitches, which helps tighten them up and makes them a little more architectural in appearance. πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

      Great tip, thank you! πŸ˜€

  19. Nani Blyleven December 25, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    I’m with you on the first pair of socks wish list: magic loop, two at once and fingerling weight yarn. So congrats to you for finishing your first pair, you’ve inspired me to get started on my journey. (I only have a couple unfinished scarves to show for my first knitting projects, but the stitch patterns are Lizard Ridge and lattice, so there’s that…)

    Anyway, I long ago bought all I all the stuff I need to start, including the ebook, Sweet Tomato Heels Socks by Cat Bordhi. Supposedly an easier and better looking way to knit heels. The technique is on you tube and online some where, but I wonder if you would try that heel first and blog about it. Or maybe I am just procrastinating, again.

    Are sweaters really easier than socks to start with as a beginner? I’d better search your blog for your knitting articles to read up on your yarn adventures. Eighteen in just three years?? Wow!

    Thx, Nani Blyleven La Palma, CA

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    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      Wow, I’ve never heard of that technique but now I’m absolutely intrigued. I’ll keep the book in mind for future knit projects (unfortunately, I’m a bit spent out due to Christmas now, but maybe in a couple months πŸ™‚ ). You should try it and tell me what it’s all about! Now I’m insanely curious haha.

      I feel like sweaters are easier to knit than socks, but mostly because you’re not working on such a small area/thin yarn. That part of sock making can be difficult if you’re still learning. Plus, when you knit sweaters – you can make them even easier and knit them flat to piece together. As long as you can work increases and decreases (and work in the round and knit short rows, if you’re doing it in one piece), you can knit a sweater. Might take a long time, but there’s nothing hard in that πŸ™‚

  20. Victoria December 25, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Gorgeous, Lauren!

    Just a few tips… Next time I’d recommend a dedicated sock yarn Γ  la ‘dream in color’ or whatever. They have spandex which helps your socks last longer without wearing through! Oh and magic loop is SO MUCH BETTER for socks… I never use DPNs anymore, really.

    I wanted to say thanks for writing this awesome blog. I’m a longtime knitter (vicbond on ravelry) but have just started sewing… Inspired by you! Currently working on simplicity 1803 and your tutorials are the bomb. So thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

      I didn’t know this wasn’t a dedicated sock yarn, but I know now! Thanks for the tips and I will keep that in mind for my next pair πŸ™‚

      And thanks for reading! Glad to hear you like my blog and that you find the tutorials useful πŸ™‚ Makes me happy πŸ˜€

  21. Victoria December 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Oops forgot to mention– I use an Estonian cast on method for my top down socks, as well as purling all my purls in the ribbing twisted. Helps to keep everything together!

  22. Fwaire December 25, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    So cute and cool! I’ve tried knitting so many times and just don’t have the concentration for it. I get too bored!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      That’s why you watch a movie with you knit! πŸ˜› haha!

  23. Mikelyn Jones December 25, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    I second (third) learning to knit two socks at a time on two circular needles. Given the number of dpns I broke (I knit super tight) I’m saving money only buying two nice circulars. The magic loop can get fiddly doing two socks at a time, lots of sliding socks around the needle. You can knit any sock pattern using any of the three methods, dpn, magic loop, or 2 circulars, you don’t have to limit yourself based on how it was knit by the designer.

    Also I just want to say I love your blog. You have inspired me to start trying to make some of my own clothes, other than pajama pants. Since last May I’ve made four wearable pairs of shorts, a summer dress and a pair of lakeside pjs. I’m currently working on a knit wrap dress. Thank you for all the information and inspiration.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

      I’m so glad you enjoy it! Happy to hear that you’re inspired and making yourself what sounds like a totally bombass handmade wardrobe πŸ™‚

  24. tialys December 26, 2014 at 4:27 am #

    I knit my first pair of socks two at a time, toe up, magic loop method using Heidi Bears amazingly detailed tutorial here http://heidibearscreative.blogspot.fr/2011/10/two-socks-at-time-on-one-circular.html. I don’t think I will ever knit socks any other way.

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      Ohhh, this is excellent! Thanks so much for the link πŸ˜€

  25. Angela Hickman December 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Socks are probably my favourite things to knit. They’re totally addicting.

    You’re a pretty experienced knitting, so I’m just going to straight-up tell you to knit your socks with whatever method you prefer. I usually prefer dpns, but when I’m flying, I like magic loop better, so I just switch it up. Just organize your stitches so the heel/sole stitches are on one needle and the instep/top-of-foot stitches are on the other and you’ll be fine. Really, knee socks are sort of like knitting sweater sleeves for the most part, so that’ll give you some time to get comfortable with the magic loop sock arrangement.

    Yay for new socks!

  26. iribeiro December 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Hi Lauren! I don’t know if anyone has said this already because I didn’t read all the comments, but knitting methods are pretty much interchangeable, you can knit socks anyway you’d like to – if the directions are something like needle 1: do this, needle 2: do that, just use stitch markers for marking the places were the stitches for each needle would be. Your socks are beautiful and I second the suggestion for using wool sock yarn (actually I just don’t like alpaca and would use for everything), and some sock books say you should knit your socks with about 10% negative ease for a proper fit, this is, measure your foot at the balls and knit them 10% smaller than you would for your size (eg .18cm wide for 20cm width feet).

  27. iribeiro December 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    ***would use wool

  28. Limescented December 27, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    Good job on the first pair of socks!

    A couple more tips if no one’s said so already:

    Heavy negative ease: Your finished socks should be 10% less than the circumference of your sole and leg. And the finished sock length should be, in addition to the above, 10% shorter than the actual length of your foot. So if the instructions say something like: “work till 3″ less than foot length then start heel”, you’ll work them 3″ less than finished sock length, not actual foot length. Oh and all these ease recommendations go up for open and lacy patterns, so a lack of adequate negative easy throughout the leg is probably why yours are slouching at the ankle!

    I wrote a recent post on reinforcing socks, feel free to check that out.

    Finally, I would have to disagree (respectfully!) with some of the posters who said Ultra Alpaca Fine is not a sock yarn… with 30% nylon content it is certainly designed as a sock yarn! But with the alpaca content and lacy pattern, you would probably need more than usual negative ease, or more ribbed stitches to keep the socks up!

  29. Kathryn December 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    Congrats on your first pair of socks! My hand-knit socks always slouch a bit–I figure it’s part of the charm. It’s really easy to convert a pattern written for DPNs to another needle type. I usually use two circular needles–put the top of the sock on one needle and the bottom on the other. (Hopefully the top and bottom sections are labeled in the pattern. After a while, you’ll know which one is which without too much issue.)

  30. Mikhaela from Polka Dot Overload December 28, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Beautiful socks! Don’t despair, the elastic trick works fine when you knit socks from 100% wool (it often isn’t needed with the 75% wool 25% nylon blends)… I had made super slouchy socks and was really sad and the elastic did great. You can just sew it in afterwards, regular kind of elastic thread you would use for shirring.

    Here’s a tutorial…

    And you can add more ribbing or just make socks tighter next time, but not need to only use special sock yarn/

  31. Tomasa December 28, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    I know nothing about knitting but can see that you knit these socks beautifully. I love the lace pattern. Beautiful!

  32. Marty December 29, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    The Shinybees podcast has recently had sections about knitting socks, like choosing yarn and tools. My preferred method is two circular needles (12″ is fine for me) .
    http://shinybees.com/2014/11/09/episode-24-choosing-yarn-for-socks-with-clare-devine/

  33. Nicolette December 29, 2014 at 5:29 am #

    Congratulations on finishing your first pair of socks. They are gorgeous. Start of a slippery slope though. Socks are super addictive.

  34. Grace December 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    OMG….First socks + alpaca yarn + DPNS + lace + drinking!!! Congrats on getting it done in a mere 2 months! I would have suggested just some plain old vanillla socks, possible in a worsted weight to pop that cherry. Now that you’ve made a pair the “hard” way I would definitely suggest the magic loop method. I would also recommend doing them 2 at a time, but each on their own needle because it’s easier/less confusing and still no 2nd sock syndrome. Do try some sort of merino nylon blend as well.

  35. Anonymous December 30, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    They look so cosy and exactly the kind of socks you want to wear in winter. I learned to knit earlier this year and I’m still very much a beginner and I would love to attempt socks but they look so daunting.

  36. symondezyn January 7, 2015 at 4:12 pm #

    Yay for making your first socks! I still haven’t gone there yet because I detest dpn’s and wasn’t certain I could use magic loop, what with the heel shaping stuff and all (unless I just made tubes LOL) but I think I may have to check out this two at a time thingo people are talking about!! ^__^ Also I recently discovered that Hiya Hiya makes little wee tiny circulars – I tried a pair for the cuff of my last sweater sleeve – the needles are slightly bent to compensate for the really short cable; it was a little awkward at first but MUCH better (and way more portable!!!) than dpn’s. Perhaps an idea for socks too, although you could only do one at a time that way πŸ™‚ Your sockies look really pretty and cosy – very nice job!! πŸ™‚

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