Tuesday 6 January 2009

First Sock

I have finished my first custom built sock. I love it, and it fits so snugly, it's fantastic. It was worth all the frogging, maths headaches and swearing. I have typed up the pattern and to test it out I am going to follow it exactly for the second sock. When I have finished the second sock, I will know that I can refer back to these calculations whenever I want to do another 4-ply sock. It is such a relief to have socks that don't cut into my ankles.

This sock yarn is lovely and thick, perfect for the current cold weather. I am cracking on with the second sock and I have already got the cuff underway.

The only problem I can see with this sock, is the grafting. I followed the instructions in my Vogue Ultimate Knitting Book. They were very clear instructions, but I made the mistake of doing it last night when I was tired. I made a mistake and had to frog again. As the wool had been frogged already it was starting to get a wee bit fuzzy. I think this meant it didn't pull through to tighten very well, especially as I think I might have split the yarn. As the wool was already a mess I made the decision to leave it be and improve my technique on the second sock.

Please note that the seam is not crooked, it is just the position of my toes!

As I am test knitting my own pattern with the second sock, I thought I would mention that I have been asked to be a test knitter! Me, a newbie knitter, is getting to test knit a pattern. I was so pleased to be asked by Liz Jarvis, aka BettyKnitter to have a go at her Sweater Cat. I love this pattern and have been waiting with baited breath for the pattern ever since I saw her first designing it. As soon as I have finished my socks, this is definitely going to be the next project on the needles. Who could resist a cuddly kitty just waiting to be made?


  1. Wow Chrissy...love that sock....you are sooo very clever, you must have the patience of a saint....look at all pattern work ! Good luck with the second one :-)

  2. You know its a self striping yarn right?

  3. Beautiful sock wool. Lovely fitting sock, isn't it great to be able to make your own perfect socks. Here is a Youtube video about grafting the toe of a sock, http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZTxeHz7rtw , it's easy once you get into the rhythm. My Nana taught me many years ago so I was very lucky having hands on help.

  4. Thanks for the tip, its a nice clear picture of what should happen. I really want to get into knitting socks because there are fabulous sock wools around, and they are so much more comfortable than shop bought one.


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