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Sensational Sock Knitting

Apr 29, 2013

I've been a really lame sock knitter in the last few months. There are two socks on the needles, from two different sock knitting patterns, and I didn't really have any plans to pick either of those socks up in the near future.

    
Provenance Socks by Heatherly Walker:
Colorful scrolling patterns inspired by centuries-old French embroidery
But then I got an email that contained the link to the Summer 2013 issue of Sockupied. Talk about motivating me to get back to sock knitting!

Here's Sockupied Editor Anne Merrow to tell you more:

Genius, Stitch by Stitch

When I was learning to knit, friends told me that there were only two stitches, so it couldn't be that difficult. But as any knitter knows, there are enough possible maneuvers of those two little stitches to keep us fascinated for a lifetime.

    
Cataphyll by Hunter Hammersen:
Lacy leaves branch out across fine ribbing and stockinette panels
It's the small but clever innovations—adding a second yarn, wrapping in another direction—that make knitting so intriguing. Sometimes even a small change can create a whole new result.

In this issue, Heatherly Walker's socks feature an ingenious two-color cuff, which you can learn with step-by-step directions, illustrations, and video. Kate Atherley finds at least five ways of knitting socks two at once.

This issue's featured designer, Hunter Hammersen, draws on her knowledge of science with designs inspired by butterfly and botanical drawings. In this issue we get a sneak peek at her brand new book, The Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet, Volume II. And each of our five brand-new designs features its own stroke of knitting brilliance.

On the miniature and quirky canvas of socks, the concentration of creativity is a constant marvel. I can't wait to see what genius comes next from the needles of sock knitters.

—Anne Merrow, from Sockupied Summer 2013

Beautiful self-striping sock yarn

Check out a really neat visual from Sockupied, at right. I love self-striping sock yarns—and the image of them flowing off of paintbrushes is great! The stitch pattern shown is a chevron pattern; here's how you do it:

Simple Chevron
Multiple of 9 sts
Round 1 (RS) *K2tog, k1, [k1fb] 2 times, k2, ssk; repeat from * to end.
Round 2 Knit.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

Download Sockupied Summer 2013 now and start knitting sensational socks!

Cheers,

P.S. How many socks do you have on the needles? Leave a comment and share your shame (if you're not ashamed, all the better!).


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on Jun 12, 2013 3:32 PM

Well, let's see... I'm currently suffering from first sock syndrome, so  I would say that I have two different sock patterns in the works! Not bad, if I do say so myself!!!!

LollyAlex wrote
on May 7, 2013 6:13 PM

I keep socks for "idiot knitting", so I only do plain stockinette stitch, and  depend on great yarn to add the wow.  I only  have one sock on the needles right now...and one "finished" one I need to take out to the heel because I miscounted rows to where I needed to start the heel. A note to  Joycerenee: try Wendy Johnson's generic toe-up socks.  It was the first knitting I'd done in years, and the very first pair I made fit well.  My feet are small, but duck shaped, (narrow heel  and wide, square toes), so no normal socks or shoes ever fit.  Being able to try them on as you go is a life-saver!  

MaryT@2 wrote
on May 6, 2013 6:43 AM

I have at least 3 pair of socks on needles a couple have one sock complete but I like having several projects started.  I had been doing a lot of other winter knitting for gifts and I do some knitting for profit but that will come to an end soon at least till later in the year.  I'll be able to get back to any one of 8 other projects hanging around. including a beaded shawl.  I luv knitting, loads of yarn and even more patterns.  I will have to live to be over 100 to make a dent in my stash.   But it does keep me young lol.

joycerenee wrote
on May 4, 2013 5:34 PM

I have two socks on the needles and neither of them is going to fit. I have purchased expensive sock yarn, learned to use DPNs quite well, and bought books, patterns, etc.-  none of which give the correct calculations for a woman with a size 10 or 11 foot. I wanted so much to knit socks, but they never fit! I'm fed up with the poor instructions and the writers who expect us to use calculus to figure out how to fit the socks. One of the most frustrating things is to spend time making something only to find the instructions had corrections that weren't added until after the pattern was published.

Show me a knitter who has written a pattern for a woman who wears a larger shoe without having to make adjustments as if my large foot was the problem and I'll buy her patterns forever.

Seriously, I've spend a lot of money on a sock books such as the one whose "adult" sock fits my 6 year old grandson, another one that was way too large for even my husband's feet and those are just some of the many patterns and books I've purchased that never fit.. Is anyone else fed up with poor instructions?

(By the way I've been knitting a very long time and can make almost any other knitted items, from sweaters to scarves, so I'm not a novice.)

joycerenee wrote
on May 4, 2013 5:34 PM

I have two socks on the needles and neither of them is going to fit. I have purchased expensive sock yarn, learned to use DPNs quite well, and bought books, patterns, etc.-  none of which give the correct calculations for a woman with a size 10 or 11 foot. I wanted so much to knit socks, but they never fit! I'm fed up with the poor instructions and the writers who expect us to use calculus to figure out how to fit the socks. One of the most frustrating things is to spend time making something only to find the instructions had corrections that weren't added until after the pattern was published.

Show me a knitter who has written a pattern for a woman who wears a larger shoe without having to make adjustments as if my large foot was the problem and I'll buy her patterns forever.

Seriously, I've spend a lot of money on a sock books such as the one whose "adult" sock fits my 6 year old grandson, another one that was way too large for even my husband's feet and those are just some of the many patterns and books I've purchased that never fit.. Is anyone else fed up with poor instructions?

(By the way I've been knitting a very long time and can make almost any other knitted items, from sweaters to scarves, so I'm not a novice.)

joycerenee wrote
on May 4, 2013 5:34 PM

I have two socks on the needles and neither of them is going to fit. I have purchased expensive sock yarn, learned to use DPNs quite well, and bought books, patterns, etc.-  none of which give the correct calculations for a woman with a size 10 or 11 foot. I wanted so much to knit socks, but they never fit! I'm fed up with the poor instructions and the writers who expect us to use calculus to figure out how to fit the socks. One of the most frustrating things is to spend time making something only to find the instructions had corrections that weren't added until after the pattern was published.

Show me a knitter who has written a pattern for a woman who wears a larger shoe without having to make adjustments as if my large foot was the problem and I'll buy her patterns forever.

Seriously, I've spend a lot of money on a sock books such as the one whose "adult" sock fits my 6 year old grandson, another one that was way too large for even my husband's feet and those are just some of the many patterns and books I've purchased that never fit.. Is anyone else fed up with poor instructions?

(By the way I've been knitting a very long time and can make almost any other knitted items, from sweaters to scarves, so I'm not a novice.)

Birdie2011 wrote
on May 4, 2013 3:19 PM

I currently have 8 different yarn and patterned single socks on needles. If only there weren't so many wonderful yarns and patterns I would have much more time to do other things. LOL. I seldom finish a matching pair at one time. I like to knit one sock and then go onto a different yarn and pattern. When I have at least 8 different singles then I start a matching sock and knit more singles to match the rest. Works for me since I get really bored trying to do one matching sock right after another. I occasionally do 2 socks at once but that is only when I am knitting a "requested pair" for someone and don't want them to wait too long.

I have been knitting socks now for at least 10 years. I DO remember my first attempt and all the swearing and frustration and pledges to NEVER ever do socks again. Ha ha.Well not to be defeated I decided to try again and have been

loving sock knitting every since.  I started on double points(which I hate) then moved to 2 circulars and now do all socks on Magic Loop(which I love).

anitags wrote
on May 4, 2013 9:13 AM

I'd be really interested in subscribing to Sockupied, but I need to be able to get it on my Kindle.  I'm with the other hopeful android users out there.

I am woefully out of sock yarn at the moment, which is sad because the last time I bought sock yarn, I neglected to look at the yardage on the skein and only bought enough for one sock.  Now it is sitting in my basket all alone, and I don't know when I will be able to make it to the store that sold it to me so that I can buy enough yarn to make its mate.  I only hope they still have the brand and color in stock by then.

WendyB@4 wrote
on May 4, 2013 8:03 AM

Just one (second sock) on the needles now....but lots of sock yarn waiting!

And a +1 for Android!!!

Cavebear2 wrote
on Apr 30, 2013 10:01 PM

When, oh when, will you have this available for Android devices?  I would so love to get these (being a confirmed sockaholic) but I don't have an iThing and I don't carry my computer around with me!  Please action this as a priority.  There are a lot of us out here..really there are!

on Apr 30, 2013 1:03 PM

2, but it's the same needle!  I tried to learn 2 at a time without doing the trial run and got lost.  Now I have made a few socks that way -- and I love having them turn out the same length! -- I will try to find my way again and get them finished.

Hohjocello wrote
on Apr 30, 2013 1:01 AM

I have 4 socks on the needle(s). I'm almost done with the boot socks, as I am decreasing for the toes. The other pair of traditional sock weight yarn,  is in my travel bag ready to be worked in spare moments.  They are approaching the heel flap. Both sets of socks are bweing knit two at a time.

shewhoscoots wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 10:21 PM

I have one sock on needles -- the first sock I have ever tried.  I can't keep the knit one perl one straight!  I'm going to keep at it though, someday it'll just click (I hope). I have watched Knitting Daily often enough that I ought to be able to get through this pattern.  I have knitted many scarves, hats, dishcloths.  I give a lot of them away as gifts, but I also have an extensive scarf collection of my own.  Knitting my grandson a scarf and hat with University of Oregon colors and logo was fun.  I made two scarves using Tunesian crochet.  They go very quickly.

ReitaJ wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 6:52 PM

i am an experienced knitter, about 65 yrs, and cannot figure out the Simple Chevron Stitch pattern for socks.  First of all, I assume that  (K1fb) means knit into the front and back of a stitch?  Second, the SSK makes no sense since when you get that far over the 9 sts (of the multiple), there are no stitches left and there should be 3 sts to do the SSK.  In reading some of the other comments, it seems others do not have the problem but I just can't figure it out.  Help!  Thanks!  Reita Julien

Gabrielle wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 5:44 PM

I have 2 socks on the needles right now.....one sock is for me...(One of two, hopefully obvious!) and one baby sock.  I should have finished the baby socks SO long ago, but I got a job knitting some gifts for someone....well, not FOR them, but for THEM to gift to someone else.  Dozens of dishcloths, hats, etc.  I had started the socks and there they sit on the shelf by my bed, staring at me with accusing stitches....<sigh>

I have shawls, sweaters, afghans, and dozens of other things on needles too...I have an over-flowing house of stash....all kinds of yarn and enough sock yarn to make socks forever if I didn't use some of it for other things...LOL....I make a lot of things for charity so if it's not socks, it's slippers.  Oh...and it's SOCKS, not SOX...come on..."Sox" is a name of a yarn...Socks are what you WEAR....

And for the person who wanted to know what (k1fb) meant for the chevron pattern....it means to knit in the front of the stitch and before you slip the stitch off the needle, knit it again in the back of the stitch.  This creates another stitch.  I've made lots of socks with a chevron pattern, it doesn't matter if they are done in the round, you can do ANY pattern in the round.  You may have to do a little juggling of stitches but ANY stitch pattern can be worked in the round.  The chevron pattern in socks is very pretty and VERY do-able.  Don't be discouraged you can do it!!!!  For those who have just begun knitting socks, don't get discouraged...YOU CAN DO IT!  So, okay your first sock was too big....or in my case...too small.....LOL...TRY AGAIN!  And of course....that horrible word....SWATCH...which isn't so horrible if you save your swatches for other things...except for socks your swatch should be done in the round since flat and circular knitting will have a different gauge...but DO keep trying.  If working with double pointed needles gives you the willies...do it with 2 circular needles.

I use dpn's and 2 circs....I don't care for the "One Needle" method...it always seems to ruin the joins on my circular....2 of them work better for me.  I do enjoy dpn's....and working with them never fails to fascinate children who will willingly take them and knit in circles on them!  (Just have a set ready to go all cast on....get some pretty self-striping or hand-dyed yarn and a child will learn to knit in nothing flat...and knit....SOCKS!!!!  Perhaps knit the cuff then let kids who come to watch YOU, knit the leg then the foot of a 'vanilla' sock!  They take to it like a duck to water.)  

Go for it!!!!  If a child can do it YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!   GO!  GO!  GO!  

Mistea wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 4:58 PM

Currently there are two socks on my needles. One in a cable design and one is colourwork trying a new construction technique. Both are moving alternately.

ETHEL@10 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 4:36 PM

I always have 2 socks on  my needles .I LOVE  the magic loop method and I always have a sock in my purse for the times I'm stuck at a train crossing (we have three in our town)

DianeK@4 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 3:27 PM

While the chevron pattern is pretty, it is not appropriate to use on most socks since they are knitted in the round and don't have right side and wrong side rows.

I only have one pair of socks on my needles right now.  My other needles have a sweater and a charity project.

Tannenvald wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 3:14 PM

1 pair.

The only pair I ever knit.  

They look so beautiful, alas, I thought my foot was wider and didn't yield to years of experienced knitters who wrote to subtract an inch.  Now they will fit my husband.  Only he isn't a big fan of variegated spring yellows.

I will say the second sock did bring me down a bit.  I definitely want to learn how to make two at a time!  

barbflory wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 3:13 PM

I have one pair of socks on the needles, and I'm embarrassed when I read what others are doing.  I've made a commitment to always have one pair of socks on the needles, but I realize now I have to aim higher!

barbflory wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 3:13 PM

I have one pair of socks on the needles, and I'm embarrassed when I read what others are doing.  I've made a commitment to always have one pair of socks on the needles, but I realize now I have to aim higher!

SuzyNash wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 12:47 PM

I have only one pair of socks on the go at the moment. My very first pair. I did buy enough wool for six though. Suzy.

oceansprite7 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 12:16 PM

Well, I have 3 second socks in progress, and I almost forgot about the poor abandoned lace socklet that's been started;   I don't really have a 'second sock' problem, tried TAAT on ML once and didn't like the juggling. Hmmm, need more TIME!

SUSAN@156 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 11:35 AM

I am happy to report that I have 14 pair of SOX on needles right this moment, and I am sad to report that I have 4 pair of SOX needles languishing around doing nothing... what a shame!  Those lazy needles need to find some SOX to knit....

AND  I made a concerted effort last week to finish up 5 pair of sox that were at the graft the toes and weave in the ends stage!

AND I don't even want to think about how much SOX yarn I have ready to be made into some spectacular SOX...

SUSAN@156 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 11:35 AM

I am happy to report that I have 14 pair of SOX on needles right this moment, and I am sad to report that I have 4 pair of SOX needles languishing around doing nothing... what a shame!  Those lazy needles need to find some SOX to knit....

AND  I made a concerted effort last week to finish up 5 pair of sox that were at the graft the toes and weave in the ends stage!

AND I don't even want to think about how much SOX yarn I have ready to be made into some spectacular SOX...

GinniB wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 10:28 AM

They say confession is good for the soul.  So, here goes:  I am a sockoholic.  I have 8 pairs on needles and maybe more hiding deep in the stash.  They vary from just begun--2-4 inches of cuff, to ready to turn the heel on the first or second sock of a pair, to working on the toe of the first sock, and wrapping up with "what in the world was I thinking when I started this?  I discovered many of these when looking for a project to take on a weekend trip.  I settled on the one half way through the cuff of the second sock, and one about the middle of the foot of the first. got to the heel of the first of these and to the toe of the other.  I really wanted to finish that one, but ran out of the main yarn, and started the toe in black which is the dominant color in the sock.  I had thought I would run out, so this one had gotten derailed until I found the appropriate black yarn, but couldn't finish it because the light was too dim and the eyes too tired to see it at 2 A,M,

heathlyn wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 9:45 AM

Simple Chevron Stitch pattern:

Please advise what [ k1fb] means?

Thank you

heathlyn wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 9:44 AM

Simple Chevron Stitch pattern:

Please advise what [ k1fb] means?

Thank you

moggymo wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 9:36 AM

Just the one at the  moment, my tenth pair in a row.  Plain stockinet ones for my son in a self striping yarn.  Got yarn for at least another six pairs.

moggymo wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 9:35 AM

Just the one at the  moment, my tenth pair in a row.  Plain stockinet ones for my son in a self striping yarn.  Got yarn for at least another six pairs.

moggymo wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 9:35 AM

Just the one at the  moment, my tenth pair in a row.  Plain stockinet ones for my son in a self striping yarn.  Got yarn for at least another six pairs.

JoAnn@7 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 9:23 AM

6 pairs and one on a piece of yarn 'cause I needed the needles LOL

kathleen@98 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 9:06 AM

My oldest grandson is graduating from high school in June and I'll be flying from Virginia to Oregon to help celebrate.  I had wanted to make him a pair of sox in his chosen college colors as a gift, but....my  sock knitting experience is limited. I have a large family and knit constantly, but have only knitted two socks, both 'large-ish' Christmas stockings!  And so I am intimidated by the prospect of knitting a pair of gift sox to be actually worn.  I do wish I'd concentrated on this much earlier, but will get to learning all about socks eventually.

I will print out the eMags (if I can) after I get back.  I learn a lot better by reading a book than by using this infernal computer!!

KathleenR

Cape Charles, Va.

nlwilson wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:59 AM

I have only 1 pr on needles. I made a promise to myself to finish before starting a new pair! I need some discipline! Too costly not to finish. I love the comment about making two socks at a time w/out using magic loop or whatever. I haven't mastered that. I'm going to try my next pr that way!

nlwilson wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:59 AM

I have only 1 pr on needles. I made a promise to myself to finish before starting a new pair! I need some discipline! Too costly not to finish. I love the comment about making two socks at a time w/out using magic loop or whatever. I haven't mastered that. I'm going to try my next pr that way!

knitviv1 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:51 AM

Is confession good for the "sole"? I have one sock half done in my knitting basket that needs a repair job before going on.  One pair will be done by Mother's Day since it's a gift for my daughter. It will be the second pair of pedi sox that I have completed. There are several balls of beautiful sock yarn waiting to be used, one became a shawl recently. I'm leaning toward using up this collection with more shawls and a couple of hats. One red, white and blue skein will be used for socks for my little grand daughter who asked me for a pair ...but maybe she'll forget about her request? Hmmmm.....maybe I'll make her that pair and and then two for my little grandsons in Seattle. Little means a quicker finish, right? Oh the shame...but I will end on an encouraging note. My first socks intended for my DIL turned out too large but I kept them anyway. They came in handy recently when my husband sprained his ankle and his swollen foot needed something warm and loose. Also, a pattern I do like is the one for Turkish Bed Slippers. Kept the first variegated pair for myself and then made a lilac pair with a crocus bud design on top for my Mom. Lovely....there is still hope.

knitviv1 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:51 AM

Is confession good for the "sole"? I have one sock half done in my knitting basket that needs a repair job before going on.  One pair will be done by Mother's Day since it's a gift for my daughter. It will be the second pair of pedi sox that I have completed. There are several balls of beautiful sock yarn waiting to be used, one became a shawl recently. I'm leaning toward using up this collection with more shawls and a couple of hats. One red, white and blue skein will be used for socks for my little grand daughter who asked me for a pair ...but maybe she'll forget about her request? Hmmmm.....maybe I'll make her that pair and and then two for my little grandsons in Seattle. Little means a quicker finish, right? Oh the shame...but I will end on an encouraging note. My first socks intended for my DIL turned out too large but I kept them anyway. They came in handy recently when my husband sprained his ankle and his swollen foot needed something warm and loose. Also, a pattern I do like is the one for Turkish Bed Slippers. Kept the first variegated pair for myself and then made a lilac pair with a crocus bud design on top for my Mom. Lovely....there is still hope.

millswis wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:48 AM

I just downloaded the summer 2013 Sockupied eMag. Wow, and now you wonder why we have socks on our needles?? My goal this year is to knit 12 pairsof socks for my best friend  a Christmas gift. Why do you asked? Because,she steals my socks (she would call them borrowing) and never return them!! That is why, I always have at least one unfinished sock on my needles. After all, you want a matching pair right? I'm not ashame, just crafty

Sharon

on Apr 29, 2013 8:30 AM

I guess at this time I have only one pair of socks on the needles.  I am kind of ashamed. :)  My secret for the second sock syndrome is I knit both of them at the same time.  I have enough needles, LOL, that I knit both cuffs, then down to the heel turn on both and then turn both heels then finish the rest.  I find that keeps me interested more and the pattern fresh in my mind for both.  I only  learned to knit socks last year after 40 years of knitting and many fail attempts.  All 5 of my girls and some of the granddaughters got socks for last Christmas.  I really to the bug once I got going on them.  Happy Knitting to all.

knittergirl

Kay@103 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:17 AM

I only have 2 different socks (1 is a Christmas sock, in colors that I just can't live with, tho) currently on needles. But am actively working 7 other non-sock items and one is just the cutest dragon that should soon be all done. Actually, have lost track of the non-Christmas sock so maybe that no longer counts.

Dodi143 wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:12 AM

Presently there are 4 different socks in my knitting bag. 1 is a plain vanilla sock that is self striping, 2 pairs have natural toes and heels and some wonderfully, but surprisingly soft, big store sock yarn. The 4th is a striped sock made from two different yarns (one solid and the other varigated). All are on 2 circs, (my method of choice). My wonderful hubby says I have KADD (knitting attention deficit disorder) as my knitting bag also contains a shawl in progress and 2 baby sweaters and a chemo hat for a friend. There are also atleast 8 lonely socks sitting in a basket in my knitting room waiting on their partners.

shaylady wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 8:01 AM

Sigh.  I ran out of sock yarn and am putting my spare money into buying yarn for a sweater for my husband.  I finished my last pair of socks right about the time my husband picked out the yarn for his sweater.  $20 a skein!  Sigh again.  He will love it when it's done so I really have nothing to complain about.  And I do have a nice lacey scarf on the needles right now.  

Chabrier wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 7:36 AM

Socks on the needles?  I can find 5 different ones, including one pattern I'm inventing. That's in addition to the other 6 or so projects. I keep multiple ones going for different situations. One pair of socks requires absolute attention and no distraction so work is going slowly on it.

Margcast wrote
on Apr 29, 2013 7:25 AM

I am ashamed to say I have about 12 project bags containing:

1 single sock with a complicated pattern for which I have either a) lost the pattern b) lost the needles and don't know what size to use for the second sock c)no longer like the pattern or the wool

1/2 or less of a single sock made out of wool that I subsequently realised was not suitable for socks but is so beautiful that I can't quite rip it back yet

Nearly completed pair that I will I trust finish one day.

I finish lots of socks too! So it is not that bad, but these little bags of shame do still linger around the knitting shelves to haunt me every now and then.