Well I finally got around to knitting up my first pair of completed socks. I’d started years ago and stopped at the heel flap confused by the instructions. This time I did another pattern and had no problems understanding what I was supposed to do.
Main thing about the socks was I had in my mind that they’d be a quick knit and was taken aback by how long it actually took me to knit these things. Of course it didn’t help that I was knitting up a pair of socks for the Jolly Green Giant.
We have fairly large feet in our household so I just went with the cast-on for the large pair. Got halfway through and realised that things seemed rather big but carried on anyhow. The socks are rather loose on me and fit better on John my husband but still a bit loose so I’ll have to see if my one son who has the size 13 feet will want them but I’m not sure he’d want homemade socks regardless of how well they fit.
Oh well it was a learning experience and what I learned was:
-That I can make ladders because I over-tighten at the needle changes.
-I learned a newer way to knit using dpn’s – less arm action and letting go of the needle and it causes a tighter tension and faster speed.
-To better read the pattern instructions instead of assuming you know the sizes beforehand.
-Sock yarn tends to be spun more tightly and causes more twist in the yarn for my style of knitting so I need to take the yarn from the outside of the ball not the middle.
-Socks take a long time to knit even though they look small they use a lot of yarn yardage because it’s a fine gauge.
-No one seems terrible thrilled by the idea of homemade socks so I’ll probably knit them for myself in the future.
-No matter how carefully you set aside the needles and pick them up, at some point one of the needles is going to be pulled out from the stitches.
-A large pair of socks takes more than 100 grams of yarn so don’t assume it only takes one ball of yarn to get the job finished.
-Leaned the Long-Tail method of casting on and several other cast-on methods that I’ll give a try on the next pair of socks especially the Norwegian cast-on.
-Doing the Kitchener Stitch on small sock stitches is a very big pain.
-Learned the Three Needle Bind Off.
Tighter tensioned sock, same number of stitches but since it’s knit tighter it fits a bit smaller although that’s probably not obvious from the photo.
It’ll be interesting to see how the next pair turn out but those are for another day as I have other projects on the back burner to get to.