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A Summer of Handmade Socks
A Baby Sock
Socks: Portable Crafts for Vacation Knitting
I enjoy knitting all year long. After a winter of making sweaters and scarves, I look forward to a summer of sock knitting. Why make socks? They are a portable project, perfect for vacations and for lazy evenings on the porch. When it's hot outside, who wants a big sweater on her lap?
Yes, socks are cheap to buy by the package in most any store. Handmade socks are superior, however, in fit, durability, and comfort. The length can be adjusted to exactly your preference. The yarn could be cotton, wool, acrylic, or a luxury fiber like cashmere. Handmade socks can be fully customized for one unique pair of feet.
One can never have too many great-fitting, handmade socks. With so many creative sock books and patterns available, including free patterns, I can have enough socks made for myself and for special gifts.
All photographs in this lens are my own, including this first picture, a baby sock made from the toe up on a circular needle.
Sock Pattern Book - Never Run Out of New Ideas!
Superior Comfort and Fit
The socks pictured are made in the traditional way, from the top down with a heel flap and a grafted toe. They were knit with double-pointed needles. There are many other ways to knit socks, however, including:
- top down on one or two circular needles;
- toe up on double-pointed needles;
- on a sock loom;
- flat on two needles with a seam;
- toe up on one or two circular needles; or
- two at a time on circular or double-pointed needles.
Try any method you like. There are plenty of patterns for each method, so keep trying different styles or find a pattern you like and make it in many variations. I still do top-down socks most of the time because I have done them the longest and don't have to refer to the patterns very much.
Russian Grafting: Try This on Toes
Quick Worsted Socks - Great for Cold-Weather Work
Knit Work Socks
These heavy socks were made for my son when he was working in a walk-in freezer at his store. Regular little cotton athletic socks were not warm enough. Worsted weight socks are quick to make on size 4-6 American needles. These were made with regular Red Heart Super Saver 100% acrylic, available in most craft stores and big box stores.
Try making worsted socks with camouflage yarn for the hunters in your life, too. Heavy yarn and larger needles make quicker socks--good for beginning sock knitters.
Did you know you could crochet socks? - Here's How to Start
Why should knitters have all the fun?
I am blessed to have been taught to crochet by my mother. With sock yarn and a size B hook, I made these comfy crocheted socks that fit as well as my hand-knit ones. Creative crafters have designed patterns for toe-up or top-down crocheted socks in great variety.
Do keep in mind that crocheted socks will use a bit more yarn than knitted socks of the same size. You will need no more than 2 balls of sock yarn for most patterns, more for knee-highs and larger sizes.
Crocheted socks tend to be thicker than knit socks, so consider the shoes you want to wear with your socks.
Mad Knitting Skills!
How will you make your socks?
Find Free Sock Patterns - Even More Fun Socks to Make
- Ten Free Crochet Patterns: Easy Crocheted Socks
Socks can be crocheted as well as knitted. These free patterns for crocheted socks are designed to be as comfortable as hand knit socks. Top-down and toe-up sock patterns are included.Unusual patterns include pedicure socks and 1916 baby socks.
- Dobby Socks
For fans of Harry Potter
- Knit: Bitty Baby Booties
My cousin is expecting her first baby, and I couldn't resist making her a little something to celebrate.
Convenient Knitting App - Technology Meets Traditional Craft
Keep track of heel stitches, toe decreases, and pattern stitches with just a touch of the screen. Works on Kindle Fire or other Android devices. Inexpensive and convenient!