Hope that you are all doing well.
This week is all about sock knitting! 😊 I’ve made several pairs of hand-knitted socks over the years, I was always afraid to try them as I didn’t know how to use double pointed needles (dpns) and it looked so complicated. However, once I mastered the technique, I found it quite easy.
I prefer to use dpns as I haven’t mastered the art of using a circular needle yet. I’ve tried several times but can’t seem to grasp it. After I’d made my first pair of socks, I was so excited, but it took me a while to get the right amount of stitches casted on as they ended up being too big for me. I’ve gotten better at this though now, so my socks now fit me perfectly, it’s just trial and error really.
They also take some getting used to wearing as they feel quite rough at first compared to shop bought socks, plus they are thicker too as it’s yarn and not cotton thread. I work standing up and I’ve found that my feet do not ache or hurt so much after my shift when I have worn my handknitted socks as they offer more support for my feet.
I’ve found that bamboo needles are better for sock knitting as the yarn sticks to the needles better than metal. I was always a fan of metal needles, and although I still am, I do prefer using bamboo for socks as this prevents me losing any stitches – which is really annoying!
Sock knitting is not difficult, all you need to be able to do is knit and be able to knit in the round using either circular needles or dpns. That’s it. It’s not some complicated thing that some people claim it is. They are perhaps more challenging to knit than other things but as long as you’re a confident knitter you will be okay. Even beginner knitters can try making them, but they can be challenging. I may share a post about how to knit socks if there is a need.
Have a go yourself and let me know how you get on.
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