My First Socks

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For a while now, I have been noticing everyone’s lovely knitted socks. I have never before been a sock knitter. They failed to beckon me. It seemed like a lot of trouble for goofy socks that you have to hand wash before one precious sock would inevitably get lost or sucked up by the vacuum.

As far as gifting socks, it just seemed like a non-starter to me. Would any of my friends really like a gift they had to hand wash? Wouldn’t they accidentally just end up jumbled with the rest of the laundry and misplaced into the dryer, only to shrink to fit Barbie? 


I was tempted all the same. Other knitters made their case. Socks are a small project that travel well. Easy to pick up here and there. Plus you can knit lots of socks and then wash them all at once each week or so. 

To me, knitted socks seem like an all or nothing kind of deal. At least from a laundry perspective. You need lots or none at all.

Then I came upon Glenna’s post on all you need to know about sock knitting and I was sold. Why the heck not? It was everything I needed all in one simple post.

I grabbed a skein of Madelinetosh Sock in Shire and used Glenna’s links to figure out how to knit using the Magic Loop on my 40 inch needles (size 2). Socks on double pointed needles just didn’t sound like fun. Deciding to use the Magic Loop was the final check box for me. 

Houston, we have lift off.

I  cast on with Glenna’s Nice Ribbed Sock pattern. I aborted my first effort after an inch and a half. I like the Magic Loop technique because you can try your sock on. It was quickly apparent 64 stitches would be too big for me. 


I reduced to 52 stitches for Try 2. I am about ready to work the heel flap. I admit to suffering from slight anxiety about adjusting Glenna’s math to accommodate a different number of stitches. I am hoping it will be intuitive, although I always feel this way about grocery shopping as well, always leaving with bags of chocolate and wine and seemingly nothing to eat for dinner. 

Sometimes intuition isn’t what you think it would be.

Let’s hope, knitters. Let’s hope.

Linking up with Ginny at Small Things.

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  • Reply Tina August 12, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Welcome to sock knitting! Once you’ve made a couple of pairs, you will truly enjoy, and even love, making them ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply MrsKirstyHoll August 12, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply mamasmercantile August 12, 2015 at 5:57 am

    I have never been brave enough to knit socks but I am sorely tempted when I look at some of the beautiful creations.

  • Reply vtgrandview August 12, 2015 at 6:11 am

    It is doing just that which makes us better knitters- in my opinion! I love your yarn! The colors are beautiful.

  • Reply Lucy Bowen August 12, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Oh I love sock knitting – I don’t quite know why! Once you have mastered the numbers for your first pair I would then attempt two at a time – I can’t do them on their own any more! Yours are looking great.

  • Reply Mary Jo August 12, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see them done! I was sold on sock knitting after reading the Yarn Harlot’s book, Knitting Rules, and her instructions on turning the heel were the only ones that made sense to me. I immediately learned how to knit two at a time on circulars (knowing myself as I do.) That was several years ago. I’m not at the “knitted socks or nothing” point that true knitted sock fans are. But here’s the deal: I fell in LOVE LOVE LOVE with sock yarns! Hand dyed/painted sock yarns. (Be still my heart!) I knit a lot of hats and double the yarns for hats. I’m using sock yarn for shawls, now that I started knitting simple shawls. And… I use sock yarn for socks!
    Washing’s easy. Since I shower first in the morning, I throw the dirty socks in the tub the night before and in the morning wash them with myself using a gentle shampoo, towel them dry with me and lay them across the towel bar to dry.

  • Reply Bekki Hill August 12, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Good luck with the heal turn. And what’s wrong with chocolate and wine for dinner? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Allie August 12, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Beautiful color!!!

  • Reply Donna August 12, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Welcome to sock knitting! I think you will like it. As for washing – I put mine in the washing machine on delicate, cold wash. I lay them flat to dry. Can’t wait to see your finished pair.

  • Reply iknead2knit August 12, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Warning! Once you knit a pair of socks you MUST have at least one pair on the needles AT ALL TIMES. I’m just sayin……????

  • Reply Brittany August 12, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I’ve knit a few pair of socks, but I’m not really a huge fan. They’re nice every so often for a change of pace though. Yours look lovely so far.

  • Reply Ge Ge August 12, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Hooray for socks. I got sucked into them. Glenna’s post was very inspiring. I’m proud that you stuck with Magic Loop. It’s not my cup of tea, but that’s why I look sock knitting. It’s like the Rubix cube– challenging and rewarding at the same time. Can’t wait to see them finished. Welcome to Sockland.

  • Reply Jennifer Miller August 12, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t like sock knitting. I do like the magic loop method of sock knitting though. I’m going to check out your links to see if I can be persuaded to try again.

  • Reply wolfberryknits August 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I used to knit fiddly, handwash-only socks, then I found it sapped my motivation too, so now I make sure they can all go in the machine on a normal load without shrinking. Some of the more delicate fibres go a bit fluffy, but at least they get worn! ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck, it’s looking great!

  • Reply littleblackdogsa August 13, 2015 at 3:01 am

    Your socks are gorgeous. Such stunning yarn. And you are doing an excellent job at it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love to knit socks, and always seem to have a pair on the needles. Have fun and enjoy knitting them, I am sure they will be the start of many more.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise August 13, 2015 at 5:18 am

    your first pair of socks? I guess I thought you were already dipping your toes in sock knitting. I predict you love it and want another pair after the first pair. I do love to knit socks but I love to knit other stuff even more.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      For some reason, I think I had a snooty attitude about making socks. I am trying to reconsider….so far, so good. Although I about to work the heal, so my poor attitude may return later today.

  • Reply Annie August 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Andrea–I’m working exactly the same pattern as you are right now, and it’s the very first sock knitting for me, too! That Glenna, she’s pretty convincing. ๐Ÿ™‚ All those gorgeous progress pictures she posts–who could resist giving it a try? (Not us, apparently.)

    I like your yarn choice. Calm, cool, subtle blue and green with go with anything.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 13, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Are you using 64 stitches? Too big, or just right size? Let me know how they turn out. I will put your blog in my feed if it is not there already so I can see what comes of the project!

      • Reply Annie August 13, 2015 at 5:36 pm

        64 st for me. I have a big-ish (size 9 1/2) foot, but the circumference she mentioned in the intro was pretty close, so I’m just running with my fingers crossed. I’m using DPNs, so I can’t really test my theory anyway.

        Now that I know we’re doing the same pattern, I’m going to be following your progress too!

  • Reply Louise August 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    So glad you giving socks a try! I’m knitting a pair now too.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life August 14, 2015 at 7:32 am

      You will have to send me links to some of your favorite sock patterns! (If you have time sometime…)

  • Reply Little Church Knits August 14, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Well done!! You’ll be hooked before you know it!

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    Looking forward to seeing your first pair completed.

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