Sock Study

October 3, 2010

I am taking my time with this pair of socks. I am calling it a “sock study” because I am more interested in the process of this sock, than in the end result. I have ripped out the heel flap twice. I have turned the heel and ripped it out three times. I am not feeling bad about this either. I am using it as a tool to learn.

I have successfully knitted three pairs of socks. I carefully followed the suggested pattern. At times not even understanding the pattern, but trusting that the person writing the pattern knew what they were talking about. I certainly didn’t. (especially when turning the heel)

Making each pair was a challenge. Oh and the finished product… and being able to hold up the socks and say “I knitted these” is perhaps why people put in the time and effort. Not to mention the money, for tiny knitting needles and yarn that costs about as much as a half-dozen store-bought socks.

Even though there are so many of us who call ourselves sock knitters, still, there is something “special” about us. We know it.

In this sock study I am making the simplest of socks. I am however, paying close attention to detail. For instance, after the heel flap (which is exactly 6cm) and turning the heel, we know it is time to “pick up stitches along the side of the heel flap. In this pair, I wanted just the right amount of stitches picked up. I picked up too many stitches at first. They were way too tight and puckering. I fiddled on paper, trying to look at it mathematically. I read sock patterns. They were always for a different sized yarn, and a different knitters natural gauge.

I happily pulled out the stitches as though I was on a sock knitting expedition. I settled on just the right amount of stitches in the end. The number of stitches were not based so much on math or someone elses sock pattern, but on my basic knowledge of knitting and design. So, this brings me to the photo. I took a picture because I found myself liking what my sock looks like right now. (Reminds me of ms. pac man)

Onward, to shaping the gusset!
(thanks for reading, knittnrose)

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