I Have Started my Sock Journey

My sock journey started yesterday! I am so excited. After thinking about knitting socks for months, I have finally taken the plunge and cast on to several needles at once (I feel very awkward indeed) in the hope of knitting a pair of wearable socks.

As you know from my recent Sunday Sevens I’ve been watching a few podcasts. They all share such amazing socks. I have serious sock envy and I need to learn this skill and have these socks in my life. Operation sock draw has commenced.

The Grocery Girls started a Fancy Feet KAL yesterday, 1st May (#GGFancyFeet on Instagram), so what better time to start. It’s a knit along where you use a new technique to you in your sock making… and as I’ve never ever even knitted a pair of socks it’ll all be new to me!

A while ago I bought some fancy sock yarn (the orange and purple yarns below) with a voucher I was given … but this may have caused extra nerves to kick in, as I didn’t want to ruin such beautiful yarn with my constant frogging.

Sunday Sevens (10th January 2016) www.yarnya.co.uk

But Kathryn of Crafternoon Treats, who has been undertaking a crochet sock journey, gave some great advice on one of her podcasts. To start with less expensive yarn to eliminate that fear of ruining your favourites. So that is what I did. To Wool Warehouse I went for a nosey at their sock yarns. I fell in love with all the colours of Drops Fabel available and decided they were going to be my first socks.

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So here are some details of my first sock

I have my yarn – Drops Fabel Uni Colour in Turquoise, with Off-White to contrast the cuff and toe … and possibly the heel depending how I go. I did also buy Drops Fabel Print in Sea Mist … already planning my second pair!

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I have my needles – My wonderful Nana gave me a set of her old 20cm long 3mm DPNs. They will probably be too big as most of the podcasters seem to use 2.25mm or 2.5mm needles, but I’ll see how I go and invest in my own set once I know I can do this. I love the look of the mini circulars for knitting socks … so may have to give them a go as well. What needles and needle sizes do you use?

I have my pattern – Ages ago (she probably doesn’t remember) the lovely Maggienesium of Project(s) in Progress suggested a great first sock pattern – A Nice Ribbed Sock by Glenna C on Ravelry – So that’s what I’m going to do. I am going to follow the pattern word for word and see how I go! I also have the book Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd to help me with some of the sock talk.

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So far I’ve managed to cast on. After a few attempts I had to put an elastic band over one end as I kept losing the stitches off as I counted … clearly I’m no good at this already!

This is how far I am …

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And this took forever! I restarted three … four times?

I can see this is going to take me a while. It feels so alien and awkward. I’ve heard someone (cannot remember who) say that it’s like wrestling with a hedgehog and I completely understand where they are coming from. But anyways – I have started! Wooooo. Fingers crossed I’ll make it passed the cuff this week.

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6 comments on “I Have Started my Sock Journey
  1. Congrats!! You’ll do fine 🙂 I knit my first pair with drops yarn using 3mm needles and the same book! They turned out fine although I have switched to 2.5mm needles now for a denser fabric. I’ll look forward to seeing them finished 🙂

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  2. Good luck! You’ll be hooked before you know it. I use a 23cm short circular now for most of my socks as dpns were a bit fiddly for me.

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    • yarnya says:

      Thanks. I’m hoping to get a circular to try next and may feel brave enough to take the sock outside then. I drop enough stitches when I use 2 needles… with 5 that increases the odds! The dpns are super fiddly, but fingers crossed that’ll all go in time ☺

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  3. nicolaknits says:

    20cm is quite long for sock needles. You might find you need to get some shorter ones later. I learned with Ann Budd’s basic sock from the Handy Book of Patterns. Just be prepared for your first sock to be the wrong size – mine was – but once you have made that first one, things will be much easier.

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    • yarnya says:

      I’m very prepared for it to be wrong… as I didn’t even do a swatch haha. Thanks for the info! I am noticing that they’re long already, but for a free pair to practise on I cannot complain 😊

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