I was on a definite sock knitting kick in January. I completed 4 pairs and I’m working on a 5th. Granted, they were all shorty socks which is why I was able to finish so many. And a couple I had already started at the very end of December. But I’m still quite pleased with myself.
One of the pairs I don’t have pictures of because they are for Micah and he has been wearing them a bunch. Actually, I still need to purchase some black elastic thread to sew into the cuff to make it hug his ankle a bit more. But the actual knitting portion is done which is good enough for me.
Using some of my hand dyed yarn on a 75/25 superwash merino/nylon base, I knit them on US 1/2.25 mm double pointed needles with 56 stitches. There are 10 rows of 1×1 ribbing for the cuff and 8 rows in a 2×2 ribbing for the “leg.” I used an eye of the partridge heel. Then the 2×2 ribbing was continued on the top of the foot with plain stockinette on the bottom. I ended it off with a basic round toe, decreasing until there were 24 stitches and bound off with a kitchner stitch.
The other three pairs are for myself. I knit them all on US 1/2.25 mm double pointed needles with 56 stitches using eye of the partridge heels and rounded toes. This is my standard way of knitting socks.
This first pair is knit in Wisdom Yarns San Diego Color in Design yarn in colorway 255. It is plain stockinette throughout. I used Patons Kroy sock yarn in “Coal” for the contrasting heels, toes, and cuffs.
The next pair is knit in a mystery yarn. I picked it up from Joann in a yarn grab bag originally intending to make a fun sweater with it. However, I don’t wear super light colored clothing. But I love the speckles of color! I decided some socks would be the perfect use for one skein and I donated the rest. I used the Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern which was designed by Erica Lueder. It is one of my favorite patterns since it is incredibly simple, easy to memorize but still interesting and fun to knit.
This last pair is the first of a collection of socks I am planning to knit for myself. I purchased three balls of Paton Kroy yarn in different colorways with the intent of making three cute pairs of shorty socks for myself. This colorway is Seventies Stripe. They are plain stockinette throughout.
I used the same yarn from Micah’s socks for the contrasting heels, toes, and cuffs. However, next time I will need to use a slightly thicker yarn. Patons Kroy is quite a bit thicker than standard fingering weight yarns and the difference in thickness is pretty obvious. Either I’ll see if I have some thicker sock yarns in my stash or I’ll pick up a solid color Patons Kroy to use.
If you have any questions about my sock knitting process, let me know. And I’d love to hear about any projects you worked on in January!