The finished sock.

Knitting My First Socks

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Project Log: “Father’s Day Socks”

Ed models the sock from the top. I made him put it on as SOON as he got home.

I used a pretty basic pattern so I’d be able to concentrate on the mechanics of the sock. I also used a fairly light-colored yarn so I’d be able to see the stitches easily. I also decided to use 5 double-pointed needles (dpn). The socks are intended to be a present for my boyfriend. I have far more experience with crocheting than I do with knitting. Until recently I had only really done knits and purls. So I figured this would be a challenge for me.

The hardest parts were:Joining the stitches after I cast on to the dpn. I was paranoid about them twisting and I found all those needles to be very awkward and unwieldy.Figuring out how to do the heel. The part where you shape the heel wasn’t too hard because the instructions were very clear, but when it said to pick up the stitches along the heel flap, I had no idea what it meant. I found this YouTube video to be very helpful, although from what I can tell there are a LOT of different ways to do this and no one is right.

Pattern: Father’s Day Socks from LionBrand.com. You will need to have a free account on LionBrand.com to access it (which I recommend highly as they have some nice free patterns).

Yarn: Deborah Norville Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Yarn (2 skeins) in the Aquamarine colorway. I’m not terribly happy with this yarn. Not only did it not stripe very well, but it pooled colors quite a bit and it had a few thickened spots in it.

Pooling of colors with variegated yarn. Thankfully its on the bottom of the foot.

Lessons Learned:

  • In order to make the first row lose enough, you can use a needle 2-3 sizes larger than the one you plan to knit with for casting on. I did not do this. I thought I cast on nice and lose but when I had gotten a bit into the pattern realized it still was a bit tight. So I fed some of my yarn tail back through and made it loser (not an easy process). Or you can experiment with some alternate, stretchier cast-on methods.
  • It helped me to turn the sock inside out. That way the needles I cared about the most were on the top.
  • You can secure your dpn with a tiny rubber band on each end holding the needles together so you don’t drop stitches while its in your bag.
  • Be sure that the needle you pull to work with next is NOT one with stitches on it.
  • Make the first few stitches on a new needle especially tight to prevent laddering.
  • Put the stitch marker after the first stitch so it will stay on the needle. Just remember that the beginning of the round is actually the first stitch, not the second one.
  • A friend of mine told me that you can avoid the color pooling if you knit alternating rows either from 2 balls of yarn or both ends of the same ball of yarn (thanks Deawn).

The finished sock.

5 comments on “Knitting My First Socks

  1. Ria says:

    Very nice! I like the colours of the yarn.

    I always had a problem making socks. The heel wasn’t an issue so much as the toes. I have yet to be able to master Kitchner stitch in a way that looks tidy, and maybe I just had poor instructions as to how to do toe-up socks, but I couldn’t even get the cast-on right for that one! Of course, it has been years since I tried; maybe it would be worth trying again now.

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