I pre-ordered Wendy Johnson’s book, Socks from the Toe Up way back in July and was so happy when in arrived in my mailbox last month! What a beautiful book. Seriously. Love. it. I had been completely burned out by sock knitting until very recently. I have a tendency to wear holds in my socks very quickly and for this to happen with hand knit socks is depressing. However, I decided to do something about this. I found a great video on how to darn socks (I’ll post it at the end)! And guess what? It’s hella easy and quite quick. so, yay!
So. Back to the book and my current F.O. I decided, after reading the first part of the book that described various techniques, that I wanted to try my hand at the Magic Loop method of knitting in the round. So I ordered a very long size 0 needle from Knitpicks (and a ball of sock yarn) and was ready to go as soon as the package arrived. You know what? It was easier than I thought it would be. I’ve been knitting on two circs for quite awhile so I picked it up pretty quickly. I’m not sure I love it as much as two-circ knitting but I’ll keep going with it to get the hang of it. I like the idea of only buying one needle instead of two.
These particular socks are the basic short row heel and toe sock from the book. It’s pretty basic and straightforward. I didn’t like doing a provisional cast-on. I am generally not a fan of provisional cast on and avoid it like the plague. One thing I did do was picot trim at the top of the sock. I didn’t bind off in the traditional way. I sewed the edging down instead. It fits my leg much better since I tend to bind off way too tightly.
Fun sock project! I am going to go through the basic patterns first before I jump into the more complicated ones. I want to use up my variegated yarns in my stash.
Here is the Ravelry page if you are interested.
And here is that tutorial on how to darn socks: