Knee High Socks
OK so I am working through my pile of almost finished garments. These only needed for the ends to be darned in so I made a start on them first.
I had only ever made one pair of sock before making these. They were 100% pure wool, I didn’t use elastic so they lost their shape and they kept on falling down. Luckily they were only ankle socks, but it still pissed me off. They were DK also and I made them with left over yarn from a dress that I made that the moths ate for lunch. This is how I learnt that there is nothing warmer on your feet that pure wool socks so I wore them to death!
These are made from a pattern that I borrowed. I don’t like the finishing at the toe, it looks awful because I didn’t know the technique that the pattern said to use and it didn’t give any instructions past naming it (I have now corrected that problem); although it doesn’t look so bad when you have them on.
They are made using DK yarn (from my stash) and the original pattern is for stripes but I also made them with just one colour.
I think I’ll try some of my other sock patterns next time. I have some in my collection of Vogue Knitting Magazine editions and I downloaded some free ones off the Internet.
Over the last view years I began hearing the term ‘sock yarn’. So I began an investigation to find out exactly what this new yarn had to offer and I discovered that it didn’t have that much. The only difference in this yarn in the weight, which is light. This I suppose is an asset if you want to get your shoes on but I thought that it was elasticated, so don’t really see the point of it.
When I made these socks I only had one roll of elastic, so I only used it on the ribbing. After wearing them which I haven’t done yet I will know if this is sufficient or if it would be better to use it throughout. I’ll hold off making some new ones until I have done this.
I have never before knitted a pleat and although knitting it was fine, stitching it was a different story; but I eventually worked it out.
The only instructions included in the pattern were “Stitch in place”. It took a lot of fiddling with the pleat with pins and seeing what it looked like to get it right. When finishing off the pleat I also used a technique that I use when dressmaking and found that it worked perfectly. I have ample experience in sewing skirts and shirts with pleats in them.
Mental Note: I really should invest in a handful of books on finishing techniques.
The Ten Commandments of Knitting
Thou shalt not buy 100% Acrylic Yarn
Thou shalt knit in public without fear of being called a Grannie
Thou shalt finish ALL projects
Thou shalt be sure to use the loveliest tools that you can afford
Thou shalt knit by hand (machine knitting is for commerce)
Thou shalt always unpick (unravel) mistakes and begin again until it is right (broken this one already myself - oops!)
Thou shalt teach thy son’s to knit
Thou shalt experiment - ALWAYS
Thou shalt not kill moths even when they have chewed at your pure wool cable coat that took you a year to finish
Thou shalt place ALL old and tatty garments on an alter and light candles and burn incense in their honour, before unpicking them and making something else with the yarn (waste not, want not!)