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Let's Talk About Socks, Baby!

Whitney Anderson

Let’s talk about socks, baby! They’re SCARY, right?!

Ok, I’m being dramatic as per us. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have been scared to knit socks, but based on what others said about sock knitting, I was shaking (sockless) in my boots! I hesitated to take up sock knitting for years! Then last summer (2020) I began my very first pair of socks! Out the gate, it was smooth sailing! I decided that my preferred method of sock knitting was “two at a time, toe up.” Then, I realized I had made a mistake. These socks were going to be way too big… too timid to frog, I put the project on timeout and went on to other things.

Then in December of 2020 Elisabeth of @desamourdesigns was hosting her annual BIPOCMAL (Black, Indigenous, People of Color Make-a-Long) so I decided to join. I started my #SocksForHermitsAndHomebodies designed by Dawn Henderson of @knit.yarn.stuff using yarn dyed by Nina of @brujerialana in the Flicker colorway. Although this sock pattern wasn’t knit from the toe up, I decided to go ‘head and follow the pattern (but still do two at a time). Being that the yarn I was using was DK (Double Knitting) weight, the socks were a breeze! Knitting those DK socks built up my confidence and I felt ready to revisit my other sock project.

I’ve since finished that first pair of socks, a pair for my mom’s 60th birthday, and I’ve casted on two more pairs of socks recently! It’s safe to say I LOVE knitting socks! If you’re on the fence about sock knitting, or terrified of the process, I’m here to tell you, JUST KNIT THE SOCKS!!

Pictured from left to right, #socksforhermitsandhomebodies pattern by Dawn Henderson, vanilla socks in Brujeria Lana's Candy Rain colorway, vanilla socks for my mom's 60th birthday gift.

Ten Reasons I Love to Knit Socks!

  1. Socks are small and easy to transport, so you can knit anywhere!
  2. They work up relatively quickly! (great palate cleanser between big projects)
  3. You can easily practice new/challenging techniques and stitches.
  4. Socks make an awesome and very personal gift.
  5. I live in a warmer climate, so knitting tons of sweaters and beanies isn’t very practical. Socks allow me to always have something useful to work on.
  6. Knit socks are extremely cozy & comfortable.
  7. Wool socks are great all year long, they keep your feet dry in the warmer months, and warm in the colder months.
  8. Knit socks use very little yarn, inexpensive and great for stash busting.
  9. You get to brag that you’re “A Sock Knitter,” which is pretty bad ass!
  10. THEY’RE FREAKIN CUTE, OK?

I think I covered everything here. Have I convinced you yet?! Sock knitters, if you have any more reasons to add, comment below!

-Whit

 


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