Socks for Me

I realize I have only finished one of my Syncopation Socks, and so I am at high risk for Second Sock Syndrome. I plan to knit the second sock, I want to knit the second sock. The yarn and needles are just sitting there in my bag so I can get started anytime. But.

But. I have some Knit Picks Stroll in Wonderland Heather that I just really want to knit. And since I enjoyed making the first Syncopation Sock so much I want to knit more socks but tweak things a bit.

I wanted to knit in magic loop this time (using a ChiaoGoo 24 in size 1 2.25mm circular), top down, and knit a smaller size sock.

The pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks. I am a sucker for a pattern with a nerdy theme, this one inspired by Hermione’s character. It looks pretty straight-forward, though at first glance, the heel instructions do not look super explicit (in Syncopation Socks the pattern lists the stitches for every single row and stitch so it’s easy to follow along). But I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. I do like that the pattern dictates exactly how may rows to work ribbing (20) and how many pattern repeats for the leg (18). I prefer this to “work for x inches” especially since I plan to knit a second sock and would like them to be as close to the same as possible.

Just like when I knit hats, I dislike starting a project with ribbing. It’s fine, it’s necessary, but I get really excited to knit something new and have to plug through a few inches of boring ribbing before I get to the good stuff.


So far the pattern is easy and will go quickly, just need some more patio coffee time.

Hermione’s Everyday Socks project page

One Sock!

I finished ONE of my Syncopation Socks! Yay! I completed one whole sock! It is very very exciting! Overall I am super pleased with sock knitting. It went quickly (in actual time knitting, finding the time was a little bit harder lately). I learned a lot of new techniques with this project: the increases used, knitting a heel, and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

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Like i said before, I really like the way the pattern was organized with explicit directions for every single stitch. (some patterns will give a direction and say to follow them for a certain number of rows or inches. This one wrote out in a chart, exactly what you are to knit for each row. This made is easy for things like starting the heel. I had never even seen what it looks like to knit a heel, so I just did exactly what the pattern said to do and it came out great!

The BO gave me a little trouble, I grabbed the wrong needle at first. The pattern says to use a 3mm needle; I grabbed a size 3. And then after trying to follow the JSSBO I ended up with a really ruffly BO that, while very stretchy, didn’t look as nice as I wanted it to. So I ripped out that BO and reinserted my needles into the last row of stitches (tedious to thread back into the teeny stitches). Tried it again with the correct size needle and was very happy with the way it came out.

This sock is sized for a man’s foot, but I put it on and walked around anyway. It was very cozy. I don’t know how well a hand knit sock will stay up on one’s leg, having never worn them before. And this one is quite loose on me, so not a good test.IMG_6934

Syncopation Socks project page

WIP: Syncopation Socks

Sock is coming along! I’m working on the increase rows leading into the heal. Working up to 70 sole side stitches which is a lot crammed onto my teeny DPNs.

It’s a very satisfying project; if I can sit down for a while I can really crank out some rows.

I like the way the directions are laid out. The stitches are divided in half into “instep” and “sole” sides for magic loop. I have 2 needles for each side, so still very easy to divide and follow the directions.

I decided that I can’t travel with this project, which is shame because it’s easy and quick to pick up and put down. The DPNs are small and every time I try and put the project in a bag to take along I’m afraid the stitches will slide off. I’m also worried that if the bag gets smooshed that a needle will just snap. Theses size 1s feel delicate and it’s just safer to keep them next to my bed. Magic loop would certainly travel better.

Syncopation Socks project page