Finished my first pair of socks

Well last night at 11:00 pm(during PBS documentary "Kind Hearted Woman" I finished my first pair of kniitted socks. And they joy I felt when I put them on for the first time. It was in heaven!. They are 75 % merino wool, and 25 % nylon. Paton. Although the pics show a bit of brown (why I do not know) they are a lightly shaded greys and blacks. with a bit of twist in the yarn.
They are not perfect. One is slightly larger than the other, I've holes in the gussets and some how got one in the heal flap that I can do minor repair. One difficulty I had was with the shoe shaping. I think i need to pay better attention to the position of the needles. For some unknown reason on BOTH pair the shaping goes the wrong way. LOL. SO the seem is down the middle of the toes. However one thing i noticed with this is that I have no rubbing on the sides of my foot like i do with regular bought socks, for diabetics this is a god send. SOOOO do I keep them as is or do I go ahead with it.
I am already planning another pair. I have this idea of filling up my sock drawer with hand mades ones. I'm so tired of simply having black brown socks all the time. I think these will also look good on my Birkenstock's. At a few yarns sales bought a nice green one with beautiful off set colors in it. Its 100 % wool though. Very fine. The others are sport weight. One with Aloe in it. Not sure if its in it per se or simply coated with it.
The other i started on were fingerling weight alpaca and nylon. I still plan on finishing those, however the #1 needles are very fragile. I broke two trying to do the gussets. I guess I held them down too hard. Instructor suggested ebony or rosewood. However, in attempting to do a sweater, I got one of my rosewood needles caught on edge of the coffee table, one pull and it snapped. So there goes that theory.

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aestus's picture

Wonderful!! I've been knitting socks for a short time now and it's quickly become my favorite thing to knit. I prefer to knit toe up two at a time for various reasons, but my advice would be to keep trying. Experiment with different patterns. The feel of homemade socks just can't be beat. I wear them almost every day.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Congratulations. They look pretty good for a first pair. And If the toe seam feels good being down the middle, then keep it that way. After all, they are your socks and should be comfortable. I do a drawn up toe [like the top of a cap] as I find it fits me best and is easy to do. But that's because I prefer to avoid kitchener stitch. Once you get your skills polished up, experiment around and find the combination of elements that best suits your needs. I'm still trying new things and figure if I don't like the results, I can always rip it out or donate away the socks. Enjoy yourself...that's the main thing.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

KenInMaine's picture

Those look wonderful. Congratulations on your first pair of socks!!

Tallguy's picture

Really nice socks! And you are right about how they feel. There is nothing nicer than hand knit socks. I can't tell you why, but there is. Of course, anyone that has not experienced them just don't understand. But once you give someone hand knit socks, they are going to expect more of them, so be forewarned if you plan on giving them as gifts.

As others have said, these are YOUR socks, and you can do them any way YOU damn well please! With experience, you will be able to adjust them to fit YOU (or someone you love) that no commercially made sock can. It's like a hug for your feet!

SAPBrown's picture

Nice Work,

CLABBERS's picture

Well Done, David!
I like them a lot. Isn't it fun to discover new things to knit and they quickly become our favorite things to make? I just finished my first pair of socks and, like you, mine were "artistically" made ... translation: there were fabulous flaws here and there. They really do feel so much nicer than store-bought socks. I am not on my second that I am making out of bulky weight yarn for a friend who always has cold feet, poor circulation, I suspect. I shall also heed Tallguy's warning about making socks for others.
Keep knitting, David. They look great.

thomasmc's picture

Congrats. I haven't been knitting socks all that long, but they have become my favorite thing, I'm addicted to them. And it looks like you did a lot better on your first ones than I did. I made several that were so bad I didn't even bother making a mate, before I got good enough to follow through. Now I can't stop. I have other projects I want to start, but when I finish one pair, I usually just cast on to start another.

bobinthebul's picture

Hehe I did keep a picture of my first pair just for posterity. Actually I did exactly what you did; frogged before even bothering with a mate. It looked like a big blue leaking deformity.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Since I taught myself to knit socks by making Holiday Stockings for my nieces and nephews, I occasionally run across the one that was a reject. I can only smile and think about how far I've progressed.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

bobinthebul's picture

Great first pair! A hole here or there is par for the course; they're easy to fudge shut. :)

As for needles - Addi DPNs have a slightly rougher surface so it's not as likely to slip out if you tend to knit loosely. But I imagine that the more comfortable you get with it, the less tightly you'll grip them.

If you don't like kitchener stitch (I am not wild about it) you might try some toe-ups. There's a nice tutorial here: I hesitated for a while but now it's becoming my favorite way. One really nice things is that you can tailor them for your own foot as you go. You make notes of how many rows, increases etc. and then just follow them on the second sock. And because it's more or less measure as you go, it's applicable to any yarn or needle size. The only thing I change is that I like Judy's Magic Cast-on better than the one she provides there, and I like to get it started on a circular needle; that makes it much less fiddly in the beginning.

Keep it up!