I made socks! This might be a rather sad admission but my bucket list doesn’t include things like ‘swim with dolphins’, but it does include ‘make a pair of socks’. I have looked at many sock patterns over the years and they made my eyes cross. I couldn’t visualise what they wanted me to do. Then I found Winwickmum’s Sockalong. It was just what I needed. Her tutorials are brilliant and there are lots of photos. Even better, she covers every stage using different methods so it doesn’t matter if you are knitting your socks on DPNs, a short circular or a magic loop on a long circular.
I started my socks on a short circular which I bought for sock knitting as, although I have a set of interchangeable needles, which I love, the smallest size I have is 2.75 mm. Unfortunately, I really struggled with the short circular as the needles are very short and I have navvy’s hands! After just a few rows of ribbing my hands were really hurting so I switched to the long circular and made them on 2.75 mm needles. This means that the top of my socks aren’t as snug as the feet. I’d started with 68 stitches and once I got to the decreasing on the gusset, I kept decreasing until I only had 60 stitches. As it turned out, I really liked the magic loop method on the long circular; it made things very easy once I split my stitches for the heel.
I am so pleased with my socks. They’re not perfect, but they’re a reasonable fit and my feet are so warm. I always have cold feet, so intend to knit many more pairs once the new circulars I’ve ordered arrive. I love the colours. My eldest remarked that they looked like tiger stripes but looked baffled when I started singing ‘Tiger Feet’. When I looked it up and realised that it was released in 1974 I forgave him a little bit. For all you stripling youths (ie, if you’re under 40!) that have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a video. Those were the days!