Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

My Hermione’s Everyday Socks have been in snooze status on Ravelry since October 21st. It doesn’t seem that long ago in some ways and in others it seems like a lifetime ago. So much has happened since that time and I feel like a different person. I knew that I wanted to start my Thursday sock posts again, as it will spur me to make lots of socks this year. I made a slight name change to the series and I hope you like it!

I committed to a test project for a cables and lace shawlette and that has consumed most of my knitting time since shortly after Christmas. I knew I wanted to have something to blog about, so I took a break and cast on for a super easy and quick sock. It’s actually called Quick Socks and is knit with bulky yarn. Since I work from home; I always need thick, comfy socks to keep my feet warm.

I’m using Berroco Comfort Chunky in the color Lagoon and size US 10 – 6.0mm DPNs. You can see my notes in the link above; however I will say that I’ve made several changes to the pattern itself. I learned how to knit a toe and heel using German Short Rows and I decided to use that technique with this pair of socks instead of wrap & turns. It’s much less fussy and easier. I made the length of the foot longer than the pattern called for (7.5 inches instead of 6 inches) and I’m so glad I did as they are a perfect fit.

I fiddled around with the row after the heel because it didn’t seem correct and made my notes on the paper pattern, as well as Ravelry so I wouldn’t forget with the second sock.

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Heel complete!

I also didn’t like only two rows of 1×1 ribbing for the top of the sock. Instead I completed five rows of 2×2 ribbing. And after that, things got tricky! I cast off using the directions from the pattern, cut my yarn (big mistake) and wove in all my ends (another big mistake). Then this happened.

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I could not get it over my foot! Eek!

I have never cast off and then figured out something didn’t fit! Eek! So, I learned how to undo my cast off and put the stitches back on the needles…that part wasn’t so hard, albeit a little nerve wracking as it was my first time. It was the unweaving / unknotting of my ends that caused the most grief. I really know how to weave in ends so they will not come out!

In the end, I went with the JSSBO (Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off) and I bound off in the 2×2 rib pattern. Of course, I had to attach more yarn since this cast off uses way more yarn. One sock is complete and fits so nicely. Now, to get the other completed 🙂

If you’d like to join me and my fellow sock knitters, we have a Thursday Sock Knit-A-Long. You can check out what Maggie, Hannah and Alex are doing over on their blogs!

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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One sock down; one to go!

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8 thoughts on “Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

  1. Love this series of sock posts on Thursday!

    A few years ago I vowed to knit a pair of socks each month. I succeeded… I was so burnt out on socks after that! But, your post today has inspired me to get a pair on the needles. I’ll do that this weekend. 🙂 Thank you!

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    • Awesome! I used to be so afraid of making them; however now I know that they are actually quite easy 🙂 I can’t wait to see yours! This was my first sock post in awhile as we, as a group, decided to put a hiatus on sock posts until after holiday knitting. Thanks for reading and enjoying!

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  2. Those socks look great! I love that colour blue. I might give that pattern a go after I finish up my first pair! My friend has requested some house socks, so these look perfect, and I will get to try out toe to top too! 🙂

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    • They are super snuggly and warm 🙂 I bought the yarn from Webs (www.yarn.com) and for that price, you can’t beat a pair of socks! It uses exactly one skein. I will tell you that the yarn is not a tight ply, so it tends to become unraveled at the end. However, it works up beautiful and is so soft and squishy.

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