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My First Socks!


The inevitable has happened – I’ve finally succumbed to the irresistible urge of The Handknitted Sock.

I bought this 100% Merino wool at Yarndale last September and cast on immediately back in our guest house bedroom…..and that was it until May.  It was initially that Christmas gift making took priority but, as the New Year came and went, other projects in familiar territory always seemed to be picked up in preference to The Socks.

The last couple of months appear to have featured proudly made socks on every other blog post that popped up in my Reader, until I could no longer ignore the voice in my head whispering “knit me, knit me!”…..

Creeping shamefaced into my studio, I liberated the embryonic stocking from its woolly prison and unravelled the sorry looking cast on, ready to start afresh.

Flicking through “Coop Knits Socks”, Rachel’s face smiled back at me and I remembered how helpful she was when I bought her book, which she very obligingly signed for me.  Ten pairs of brightly coloured hose jumped off the opening pages at me, each one a work of art and seemingly beyond my virgin sock-making capabilities.  So did I sensibly decide to stick with good old stocking stitch whilst trying to solve the puzzle that is sock construction?

Did I heck!

I chose “Pennycress”, an eight row repeating pattern on several different charts to follow, which was mirrored, not identical, on the second sock.  Keeping to the pattern and mastering circular needles was challenging and a few mistakes were made, although they’re not noticeable at all, luckily.

These are top-down socks, so start with the ribbing.

 I really enjoyed knitting the leg section, especially after I eventually worked out where I was going wrong with one stitch on every row. The heel flap was a revelation in a harder wearing slip-type stitch, much easier than I had convinced myself it was going to be – why had I procrastinated for so long??  Again, turning the heel was no problem…..  

 ……and the gusset was a doddle too.  Adjusting the foot length to fit was made simpler using Rachel’s size guide at the back of the book.   Just shaping the toe left to do…       Kitchener’s stitch made for a brilliant, totally invisible seam-free closing, which is also demonstrated step-by-step in Rachel’s book. Finally, eight months after first casting on, a little under two weeks of knitting has produced My First Socks! I have to say, I LOVE them!    Whether or not it’s beginner’s luck, the fit is perfect all the way through.

   I now understand what all the fuss is about, why there is no going back to shop bought, despite the Β£13.95 price tag of a single skein of Fyberspates 100% Merino Superwash.  They are supremely comfortable underfoot, hold their shape well and don’t appear to smell or need washing after being worn just once.

 I have already ordered more yarn in different colours and consider myself addicted!

If you love knitting socks too, I highly recommend “Coop Knits Socks” by  Rachel Coopey which you can buy here.

 I believe she has a second book out now with even more gorgeous designs. It may well be my next purchase:) 



Author: sewchet

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43 thoughts on “My First Socks!

  1. YAY! Congratulations on your first pair of socks. So pretty! Have to say I’m with you, I don’t see the big deal about the heel turn or gusset – found them very easy. Although I confess I cast off my first sock as I couldn’t find a decent diagram of Kitchener stitch, although I was in a hurry. Should have looked harder.

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  2. Brill! And just the thing to keep you warm when you get back to the UK, it’s still freezing… I made a few pairs years ago now from a vintage pattern. You picked a great colour.

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  3. Wow! They’re fab! I’ve never been tempted to knit socks, but how they fit is tempting me to give it a go. I always end up with sock marks on my legs, yours look so cosy and comfy πŸ˜€

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  4. Nice socks! I can imagine they’re very comfy. Just what you need for a British summer! I can’t get over the price though!! Thank God they fit and you can wear them πŸ™‚

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  5. A fabulous pair, like sunshine on your feet πŸ˜‰ A little indulgence, but so well made, they should last years – especially inter spaced with lots more pairs πŸ˜€

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  6. Fantastic, well done!! Maybe I will one day enjoy knitting enough to make some socks myself! I love the pattern you have chosen they look great πŸ™‚ x

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  7. You’re nuts but well done! Look great with the kaftan… I’m sticking to crocheting more blankets than any woman needs but will enjoy keeping an eye on your rainbow sock collection ( you’ll need insurance though at that price!) x

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  8. They’re just so pretty! I love the bright color! Circular needles are my nemesis…I just can’t seem to get the hang of them. any tips?

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  9. Now they are swanky LOL
    Socks are something I’ve never tried, I’m either A) a wuss or B) too busy, ( It’s the first one!!!)

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  10. Love these, gorgeous yarn too

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  11. They are absolutely beautiful! And I am sure you will now knit many more, as I know once the sock bug has bitten, you are hooked. πŸ™‚ (coming from a sock knitter that loves them)

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  12. The socks look great and colorful!

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  13. Congrats on your first pair of socks. I will leave that accomplishment to all the knitters out there. I will more than likely buy a pair of knitted socks. Knitting does not come at all easy for me. They definately match your lovely blue house dress. The flowers are glorious! Lots of love hun. Take the days easy and dance a gig for those beautiful yellow penny socks. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks Robin, I love them and have already bought more yarn for some more. Your magazine has arrived – thank you so much! There’s lots in there to tempt me so watch this space:)


      • Fantastic! I am glad the magazine got to you okay. When I first looked at it I thought it looked more like you than me. If you make at least one of the projects it is definately worth sending! Enjoy! πŸ™‚


  14. Oh wow!!! I am so impressed !! They are fabulous!!!

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  15. You did it! They turned out great too!

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  16. I love the pattern you have chosen. They look fabulous. I’ve not knitted socks for a while. I’ve found them a little uncomfortable under foot to wear so kept taking my bamboo RTW socks out of the drawer in lieu of them. Maybe I just hadn’t found the right yarn.


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