Friday, 24 January 2014

All Things Socks

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“And in the act of making things, just by living their daily lives, they also make history. 
Knitting is clothing made in spare moments, or round the fire, whenever women gathered together... It's something to celebrate-clothes made in love and service, something women have always done.” 
― Anne BartlettKnitting

I never really appreciated a knitted sock until I made my own.  I had never been given a pair as a gift and did not understand the joy that comes from finishing a pair.  Since I started knitted socks (initially to challenge my knitting skills), I love knitting them, wearing them and giving them as gifts.  I love the myriad of colours that the wool comes in and the seemingly endless  patterns available.

  • Firstly, how are they made?  

The construction of a sock is not set in stone but the method that I use is a cuff down, relatively simple method (not that it seems simple when you first start out).  

FitzBirch has put together a leaflet guiding you through the process step-by-step.

Sock Knitting 101

  • Loom Knitted Socks
Knitted socks are not just the domain of DPN's.  They can also be made on a knitting loom.

Our blog post on using the loom includes instructions and links for those of you lucky enough to have a loom.

  • Knitted Sock Patterns
There seems to be an endless amount of patterns available and I find Pinterest to be a great source of not only inspiration but patterns, how to's and links to great wool sites.

A quick search in google reveals an amazing amount of sock patterns as well.

I have come up with some very simple designs that follow the Sock Knitting 101 guidelines with just the addition of some detail.

Mock Cable Socks

The detail for this sock is not even cabled.  It just looks like it is.

Simple Cabled Socks

This pair are very, very similar to the mock cabled socks only this time the detail is a very simple cable design.

Modified Nutkin Socks

The pattern looks complicated but it is really very straight forward - A simple eyelet pattern that is used to maximum effect.

The pattern is free and makes a simply stunning pair of socks.  I knitted these for a friend but I was sad to see them go as I would have loved to have them for myself.

Salvaging an unwanted pair of socks.

Hand knitted socks can easily be re-used once they are past their use-by date.  A few unpicked stitches and then just wind it onto a wool winder (as heartbreaking as that is) ready to make into something else.

Dimble .. doing what Dimble does.

OR ... 

If there is no hope of salvaging them, then they can be turned into a very cute sock monkey.  Instructions to make Dimble can be found here on our blog.

  • Other uses for sock wool
The beautiful mix of colours in sock wool make them ideal for all sorts of projects.  I quickly knitted some fingerless mittens on a camping trip earlier this year and whilst it is rarely freezing in Australia, used them the other day at an outdoor pub.  It's much easier to hold a glass of something cold with a pair of these.

Fingerless Mittens.

Happy Sock and/or sock related knitting,

Louise & Deb

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