Sock it to Me

My friend the Knitting Knazi and I were discussing creativity this morning, and I was commenting on how I’m a bit wary of trying to knit socks.  I got this response:  

“…I think you need to get over this ‘sox are hard to knit’ thing because they aren’t. I knitted my first pair when I was at school. If you can do a plain and a purl you can knit sox. I include this extract from a Knitty Spring 2007 article (my italics)

 Worsted-Weight Sock Pattern includes cast on, circular knitting, double-points, knit, purl, slip stitch, decreases, picking up stitches, short rows, grafting the toe. Some people will think I’m nuts for including this, as many knitters (including me, at one time) consider socks to be the Mount Everest of knitting achievements. Truth be told, they have a much worse reputation than they deserve, and are well within reach of any determined novice knitterespecially if first knit in worsted-weight instead of much finer sock yarn. I know someone who learned to knit by making a pair of socks as his very first project because no one had told him that they were “hard”. He taught himself to knit and purl for the ribbing, taught himself slip stitch and decreases for the heel, and then taught himself how to graft the toe. If you don’t make this your first project, it can easily be your second. And once you’ve done these, there’ll be no stopping you!

Worsted weight (in the linked pattern) is our 8ply and socks are usually knitted on a smaller needle than is used for a jumper.
If you really want to knit socks, Steph, just do it!”

So I’m going to attempt some socks on the weekend.  Wish me luck!


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