Last week: “No second sock syndrome here” was the phrase a very accomplished knitter proclaimed when I revealed at my first meeting of a local knitting group that I was indeed making my first pair of socks and the one on my needles was the second sock.
Let’s rewind to the summer when I received a wonderful birthday present of two Craftsy Classes. Socks have been on my knitting techniques list for sometime. On one hand the shear amount of choice is overwhelming: construction, toe-up, cuff-down, DPNs, circulars, two at a time, yarn choices, stitch decisions. On the other hand, with knitting, I have found it is best to jump right in, no new technique is too challenging when the worst case scenario is ripping out to start again.
Donna Druchunas’ Craftsy Class “Knit Original Toe-Up Socks” seemed pitched at about my level: Fearless sock beginner not afraid of a steep learning banana. The class seemed to have longevity that would take me from knitting my first pair to designing my own. The course materials aren’t well advertised but do add value to the cost of the class – three multi-sized sock patterns, some additional stitch patterns and a planning worksheet.
In the short-term, chapters on sock anatomy, calculating for a good fit and fully demonstrated toes and heels gave me enough information to knit my pair of socks. That fit. Successfully.
Now that my first pair is complete, I can return to the class to tackle another of the 3 toe or 3 heel options or maybe use the bonus section on knitting two socks at a time. I’m not quite ready for designing yet but altering an existing sock pattern seems do-able and Donna gave some great tips along the way for knitting for gifts if you don’t have the recipient’s measurements.
Enough of me waxing lyrical about the Craftsy class, lets talk about the pattern. The Seaweed sock pattern looks, to me, like the bobbly dark green seaweed that I remember washing up on UK beaches when I was a kid.
As stitch patterns go, it’s not too complicated to knit (although I didn’t manage to memorise it, I had to keep the chart with me at all times) yet very visually effective. I see it as a unisex pattern – some of the patterns that incorporate lace seem a bit girly to me.
This sock pattern has a short row toe and heel which are fairly similar to knit so are a good way to consolidate learning.
The yarn is Malabrigo Sock in playa which I purchased from Tangled Yarn. The fact that the pattern and colourway were sea themed amused me. It is incredibly difficult to photograph but is predominantly dark green and navy with highlights of gold, grey and grey-greens.
The new-to-me knitting group did warn me that sock knitting was addictive. I have hats in the pipeline but do see more socks in my knitting future.