Having knitted numerous hats, scarves and mittens I kept saying “I’m going to knit a pair of socks as soon as I have…
Excuses, excuses…anyhoo I finally had what I needed and made a start and I was surprised that it wasn’t as difficult as I had thought it would be!
I had picked the Hermione’s Everyday Sock
by Erica Lueder from Ravelry because it is the most used sock pattern on there (>23,000 projects), plus it was free.
Despite it being my first ever sock, I did make some amendments to the pattern, doing a 2×2 rib instead of single and I was sooo impatient to reach the heel I only did 5 pattern repeats on the leg. My feet are pretty small, UK size 3 (US size 5), so I was worried sticking to the pattern they’d be too big, but I am a tight knitter, so they worked out fine.
I used Ripplescrafts Reliable sock yarn
, in one of Helen’s Assynt Storms colourways which was pink, white and purple. I have 2 skeins of this colour in my stash and only used about 50g, so plenty left to make a shawl or something else with the rest. I have had this for a while and notice Helen’s reliable sock yarn is now in the 4 ply section of her store, so she must have changed the base. I have hats, scarves and mittens knitted from the sock yarn and they are warm, compact enough to pop in your pocket and are wearing very well.
Lots of people talk about 2nd sock syndrome…where they knit one and don’t get around to knitting its buddy! So, after resting my index finger for a few days I started on my 2nd sock.
What I learned…
- My circular needles aren’t the best for magic loop socks (their cord is too thick and the bamboo is too long)
- My 5 double pointed needles (DPNs) were perfect for this pattern…but boy are they sharp!
- I need to order a finger protector for my left index finger as it was so sore
- Having small feet is finally a blessing…far less foot to knit 😂
- Things aren’t as difficult as you imagine
I was so impatient to try them out I wore them the next day despite it being a hot day, but they went very well with my summer top!