Back in January 2021 I couldn’t resist nabbing some sock yarn when I saw it in Lidl. 5.99€ for a pack of 2 x 100g balls of a cotton mix.
At the time, I said I had no intention of trying sock-knitting and bought this yarn, with a view to knitting some doll clothes. However . . . my motto is: never say never, and this month I took the plunge, diving down the sock rabbit hole. After some searching on the internet (on Ravelry) I printed out several free sock patterns . . . and decided to cast on to make a toddler-sized pair, to give myself practice not only with DPNs but also in understanding the anatomy of a sock.
The pattern is by Shaina Scott: “Basic cuff-down kids socks” and I cast on to make Toddler size. I used 2.5mm needles which gave me the correct gauge, and off I went.
I’ve heard so many knitters talking about “turning the heel” without knowing what on earth they meant. Now I know!
“Gusset” was another alien term of sock anatomy . . . but thanks to the well-written pattern, I managed that successfully.
I was knitting in Toddler size to make a pair of socks for my 92cm toddler doll . . . so at this point, I slid sock onto her vinyl foot to make sure all was good. And to check how long I needed to make the foot.
And after many hours of knitting, plus as many hours of learning, I had my first ever sock! In no time at all, I cast on to make the second one.
Which makes a matching pair. And, oh what joy, to see how well they fit (sorry about the dirty floor – too busy knitting to do the housework!).
And what else can I say? except that I think I’ve now caught the sock-knitting bug!!!! Because I immediately cast on, using the same pattern by Shaina, but for adult sizes . . . and I’m knitting a pair for myself in colour-changing pink.