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wool socks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

knitted wool socks

I finally finished knitting my first pair of socks! I can't tell you how many times I started on a pair and never finished them and it was beginning to get very frustrating. There are sooooooo many patterns for socks out there, but to find one that actually makes sense? Ugh. It's been hard. I mean, most of them I could follow okay, but there were about a million instructions included with each pattern and frankly, I don't want to have to read through the whole dang thing every time I am knitting a sock. Finally I found a pattern that worked pretty well along with the use of some great YouTube tutorials. Now that I have the basic sock pattern down, I am using the instructions to make other sizes (by comparing the pattern I have with other patterns). I still need to figure out how to make a basic sock using sock yarn instead of worsted weight. But for now worsted weight is just fine. I like a good thick wool sock for winter. I also discovered my gauge is a bit tighter than it was a few years ago (that's a good thing for me! It was way too loose before!) So yeah, I could spend the next five paragraphs talking about my thrilling sock making experience, but I won't bore you. My goal is to learn how to make socks without the use of a pattern, but we'll see on that one. Here are my notes on Ravelry. (Sorry, I am so bad at uploading projects to that site!)

Edit: I'm going to include the tutorials (they are mostly videos) that helped me a lot. In case you are interested...

17 comments :

  1. Congratulations on your first pair of socks! They look very cozy and warm - like a good wool sock should. I'll warn you though - socks can be pretty addicting to knit. I make several pairs a year.

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  2. Wow, your socks look so perfect. Awesome job on your first pair! I just finished my first sock (blue one) and am starting on the second one. I knit a little tight, too. But it all comes together nicely in the end :)

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  3. Great job!
    I love it.
    My mum use to do for me when I was child.

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  4. Well, congratulations on undertaking this project - and seeing it through! the result looks well worth it!

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  5. These are SO nice. Very simple with nice texture.
    ... I have to start looking for some nice sock yarn.

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  6. These look great! I love the color, I oddly find that shade of gray to be warming.

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  7. Oh!! What a talented knitter you are!! I can only manage rather chunky straight scarves, tee hee!! They are so lovely!! :)

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  8. Your socks look lovely! What a nice job you've done on your first ever pair! I might have to try that pattern. I'm still trying to find the perfect one. Now I want to start knitting again! It's been a while...

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  9. Oh wow! good work on those socks! (I'm still in the scarf-after-scarf stage of my joyeous knitting life)...They look super-cozy.
    I was so inspired by the pretty lady collage from another site that you posted a few posts back, that I brought it to my blog, linking it back to yours and the original...
    http://sosilkysoround.blogspot.com/2009/10/oh-comely.html

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  10. Yay!! I have casted on my first pair 8 or 9 times now.. I hope to get them going again this afternoon.. kudos for finishing both!! Thank you for the links. They will come in handy, I'm sure.
    Ta!
    ~Abbie

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  11. Oh those are the perfect winter socks, Anna! I've only knit two pairs of socks in my entire knitting career. I think I will need to knit another. Thanks for including all those links!

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  12. My hat goes off to you knitting socks! :) They look really fantastic--I couldn't believe these are your first pair! I still haven't attempted them--though I want to eventually (I dream of having a whole drawer stuffed with hand knit, cozy wool socks for cool weather!). Thank you for including the tutorials too. ;)

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  13. They look perfect, just the kind of pattern I'm looking for right now!

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  14. this really helps! thanks for your notes! i hope to finally finish a pair of wooly socks, just in time for spring! at least winter will always come again.

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  15. lovely socks! you mention wanting to use sock yarn instead of worsted weight.. i used this tutorial [http://knittingbybicycle.net/2009/01/09/toe-up-sock-tutorial-in-writing/]

    for my first socks, it was pretty easy to follow and well written. i know you posted this over a year ago, but hopefully the tutorial will help if you haven't figured it out yet :)

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  16. thanks for the link! i was just thinking about making socks with sock weight yarn and this looks helpful! thank you!

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