For the last few years now whenever I have maybe one ball of yarn left over from a project, or simply scraps, I make yet another pair of socks!
There are many ways to knit socks, but my absolute favourite is the toe-up seamless method on circular needles. You start by casting on a few stitches using the magic double-sided cast on, using double pointed needles. Then you can transfer to circular needles for the rest of the pattern. You do increases at each side until you have widened the toes to almost as wide as your foot (remember that knitting stretches), then continue knitting a straight tube until you reach the heel section.
To make the heel, you knit and purl back and forth across one side of the work, slipping and tightening the first stitch each time, and reducing the number of stitches worked to create the first half of the heel. Then you do the same thing, slipping and tightening the first stitch, but this time increasing back to the original number of stitches. Then you can continue in the round all the way to the top of your sock, and finish with either a 1×1 or 2×2 rib before binding off with a stretchy method.
I’ve done loads of pairs now, in many colours. I also sometimes cast on and knit both socks at the same time, so that you finish them together and they are always the same size and number of rows!
Most of the socks I’ve knitted are simply using double knitting yarn, although I have had to reinforce the soles of my older ones now that I’m wearing holes in them! I have also made some out of finer sock yarn, which will definitely last much longer, however that yarn requires smaller needles and more stitches, so they take MUCH longer to make…
At some point I’ll have to write down my pattern, as the method I use combines several others together for my personal preferences. And next time I’ll have to incorporate some cables or fairisle pattern into the mix.
Watch this space for future patterns! Many of which I’ll publish for free.
I’ll want to design some geeky or pop culture references in the designs. So if you have any requests, let me know in the comments!