About the 'Rock Those Socks' Make-along
Many readers have been asking for an Autumn make-along. As it's 'Socktober', fellow-blogger Maria (from '50 Shades of 4 Ply') and I have come up with some fun little patterns for knit and crochet socks, which we will publish in instalments over the next few weeks. As you'd expect, mine are knitted socks. They are made with a very simple (knits and purls) stitch pattern, or you can knit them plain (stocking stitch) if you prefer. Maria has come up with some cute crochet slipper-socks, which I'm going to try making - I haven't crocheted socks before, so that should be interesting! And just so you know, Scheepjes have kindly sponsored the make-along but the yarn choice, the pattern and all opinions are my own.
How to participate
We'd love to have you making-along with us, and you can do this either via social media, using the tag #rockthosesocksmal or on the Crafts from the Cwtch Community group on Ravelry. If you do, you'll have something lovely to wear as it starts to get chilly. You will need to know how to knit in-the-round, or how to crochet, but previous sock-making experience isn't necessary as we will be providing instructions, and photos for any tricky bits. Here's a peek...
|Knitted sock in progress - the design is unisex, uses a simple stitch pattern (optional) and can be easily adjusted|
Knitted socks: Preparation
If you fancy knitting along, here's what you can do to prepare for the first instalment next week:
1. YARN: Choose some sock yarn (4 ply) in your favourite colours. I'm using autumnal yarn - 1 ball of Scheepjes Invicta Colour in shade 969. It is a 75% wool / 25% nylon sock yarn with a long self-striping colour change and would work equally well for plain socks, or the optional stitch pattern I've included in the instructions.
2. GAUGE: Select your needles - they need to be suitable for knitting in the round, so long circulars or double pointed needles will work best. I am using 2.5mm needles with a gauge of 15 sts and 17 rows to 5 cm in stocking stitch and fit a circumference of ±19 cm, but I'll talk about altering the size next week. Changing the needles or tension will also make your socks larger or smaller. It's a good idea to make a swatch before casting on.
3. RE-SKEINING: Whether you're knitting one- or two-at-a-time you may like to split the yarn into two smaller centre-pull balls. I find these are easier to work with: read more and see a tutorial here. If you want your socks to match perfectly this is your chance to ensure the colour repeats are the same at the start of each mini ball, but as this wastes some yarn and I am not worried about mine matching - I've simply split mine 50/50ish and wound them into balls using my nostepinne (pictured).
4. CONSTRUCTION: The socks are knit toe-up and have an afterthought heel. If you haven't used this construction method before, check out the short series I wrote last year: 'Demystifying Toe-up Socks' will tell you what you can expect, and also shows the cast on method used.
5. QUANTITY: If you'd like to avoid 'second sock syndrome' you could try knitting your socks two-at-a time - check out this post for step-by-step instructions on how to do that.
Crochet Socks: Preparation
Visit Maria's post (HERE) to find out what you'll need to make her crochet slipper-socks.
I'll see you back here with the first part of my sock pattern in a week's time (Update: find it HERE), but there are lots of other things coming up before that, including the free pattern for the Lowlands Bag (tomorrow).