an inspirational pattern

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I’ve only been knitting for about two years. Meaning, there is still plenty for me to aspire to. But when the topic came up of some particular pattern that I’ve never attempted because I don’t have the skill, I had to think hard. My custom is to acquire new skills in knitting as they come up in the pattern I’m currently working on. So, for example, if the sweater I’m working on requires short rows, or seaming, or grafting, I won’t practice it before. I’ll just tackle it when I come to that bit. I think the most commonly read comment on Ravelry goes something like this: “This was a great project, I learned so many new skills while doing it.” and it is certainly true for me. Learning while you go along with the project is great – because you’re learning and creating something at the same time. Ok, that something might not be perfect that first time, but chances are that it will look decent. And after it’s finished, you will possess two new things: a new sweater and a new skill. :)

That said, I’m terrified of socks! They seem to be very fiddly and require a bunch of little skills that I don’t possess yet! Patterns for them also contain lots of seemingly mystical words, like ‘turning a heel’ and ‘gusset’. I’ve been planning to make my first pair of socks for a while… But whenever it gets to it, I end up picking some other type of project.

I also think that I would just feel bad wearing something I put so much effort into on my feet, where it is bound to get ruined quickly. This doesn’t mean I don’t crave for knitting socks. It seems like the ultimate knitting experience… I even bought a book of wonderful and innovative sock patterns – Cookie A‘s Sock Innovation. It sits on my shelf, I take it into my hands and leaf through it every once in a while, feed on the images, one time I even read through one of the patterns, but then it goes safely back on the shelf. When I was buying the book, the sales lady told me straightforward that it was not one for sock beginners. But I had loved the patterns so much that I decided to buy it anyway.

I’ll get there some day.

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I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

21 thoughts on “an inspirational pattern

  1. That’s how I knit as well – especially when I was starting to knit I would try and learn a new skill with each project. I’m still learning! Don’t be afraid of socks, just jump right in and give it a go. You’ve done short rows before, you’ll be fine. Follow the instructions and the whole heel-turning thing will come clear.

  2. I love the EZ baby dress you did! That must have been pretty challenging so you’re bound to do well on socks! You could try the basic sock pattern first (from Ravelry, it’s free) but make it for a small child. You can practice and make a terrific present.
    The choice of sock yarn is important: choose something that’s either hard wearing or with a little nylon in it. And if you don’t like the idea of wearing hand made socks inside shoes: make a pair of house socks instead, glue that sticky stuff to their bottoms and you’ve got non-slip house shoes for wearing round your room!

  3. I can see why you bought the book anyway – those socks are gorgeous!

    I’m a total knitting newb, but I’ve made three pairs of basic socks now following Silver’s Sock Class. And – guess what – I learned so many new skills while doing it. :)

  4. If you’ve done short rows, you’re ideally set up for toe-up short-row toe and heel socks. They’re my favourite way of doing socks.

    I’m like you and just jump in and learn on a project.

  5. Just remember, basically it’s all just knit or purl!! If you do a basic sock pattern there’s not even that much purl!! Go for, it’;; be fine, but maybe not one from the Cookie book as a first sock!

  6. Hihi, I love that people here are giving me the same encouragement on socks that I am giving others on cables etc… “it’s all just knit and purl”, “you can do it”, “you’ve done this before”… :)))))))))) You guys are AWESOME! I had no idea this little blogging series would be so successful, I’m loving all the posts and the intensified communication between knitters! :))))

    • Me too! I think the conversation this blog event kicks off is amazing, really inspiring! Can’t wait for the two knitting groups this week, hopefully I’ll meet up with some people who are also participating.
      See you around, G.

  7. I have the same problem you do, I’d feel bad about wearing something I spent my knitting time on ON MY FEET where it will get RUINED. Still, socks are easy peasy. And super portable! You should definitely try some. And if you want to try Cookie’s socks, go for it! I bet they’ll be awesome!

  8. I’m like you: I’ve bought the Ann Budd’s socks book and spend time looking at it. But I haven’t knitted my first pair of socks yet !

  9. It’s totally worth it to knit socks EVEN THOUGH you wear them on your feet. It’s like luxury for your appendages and you’ll be excited every time you wear them. And if they get destroyed, you’ll always have a reason to knit more!

  10. You can get some very sturdy sock yarns – I actually liked the feel of Patons Kroy and apparently it wears like iron.

  11. When I first began learning to knit I wanted to make socks but the idea of actually doing it scared me half to death the gusset was what freaked me out the most that was until I actually did it then it wasn’t as bad as I thought.

    If you want you can always start small like on a baby sock or something before you branch out for adults. There are tons of good books & even videos on You Tube you can watch that will help

  12. Ooh on the wearing of socks. I now wear nothing but handknitted socks. They are heaven for your feet. Only worn 1 pair out, but that was probably because they were my first and I didn’t have many to rotate wearing enough.

  13. I have only made a pair of socks for my 2 year old but even with those the problem I had was getting the motivation to knit the second sock! I have the same problem with mittens and gloves too, I always want to move onto something new. I’ve heard that there is a technique where you make both socks at once – I’ll have to give that a go.

    • Yeah I’ve spotted that one as well, but I think I’ll frist try socks one at a time! :) I actually ordered a book to get me started on them, so you’ll be reading on my progress with socks here soon… ;)

    • Second sock syndrome! I’m with you on that, very! There is the method of doing two socks at once, on the same circular needle (or magic loop on two) – but if you want a way round that: get two sets of DPNs or two circs and do an inch of one sock, then two of the second one, then another bit of the first, and so on! The HUGE advantage of this is that you’ll remember -exactly- what you did on the first one (say the heel or the gussets) and you don’t get stuck. I just started my first pair of socks in that method and it’s going great! I can only recommend it.

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