Hello dearies! Goodness! Things have been quite thrilling around here lately, haven’t they? 🙂 But life goes on as usual, and there are the ordinary creative adventures to report on as well as the life-changing events you have heard about in the last two posts.
A few months ago I picked up my knitting needles again (not that they were really ever set down) to tackle a project I have had in my head ever since I learned how to knit: A pair of socks! But, being me, I of course decided to dive in the deep end and choose a fairly complicated pattern for, not socks, but stockings. Yes, the above-the-knee-you-have-to-wear-garters-to-hold-them-up type of sock. 😀 See, I told you I have been having creative adventures!
Jacobite Rose kindly shared a 1940s stocking knitting pattern a while back, and I have had it pinned to my Needle Arts Pinterest board for years. So what better pattern to choose for my first pair of socks? 😛
I decided upon knitting up the “diamond lattice” stockings. Working on this project has certainly stretched my knitting abilities, and I have learned a great deal, including the following:
- Knitting in the round is not that hard. It’s actually “simpler” because if you are doing plain stockinette stitch, you don’t have to switch back and forth between knit and purl rows. Seriously, you should try it some time!
- I need to loosen up on my tension when I am knitting two stitches together front and back. It makes it much easier. I had to do this stitch to create the run stop before the pattern stitch of the stocking began, and let me tell you, it was the hardest portion of the pattern. It probably took me 15 minutes to complete that round of stitches (normally it takes me 2-3 minutes to finish a round of 80 stitches).
- Do not fear the heel and toe of sock-making. It is a piece of cake… as long as you read it through and know where you are going. 😀
- Knitting on size 0 needles, at 80 stitches per round, with more than 300 rows to a stocking, spending approximately 2-3 minutes knitting each round takes a long time!
- Palette yarn is a treat to work with! It has definitely become my favorite fingering-weight yarn. I am using it in the shade “Almond” for these stockings.
I have already finished one stocking, and it turned out quite beautifully for my first attempt at sock-knitting. The only change I am making to the second stocking is the way I finish the toe. With the first stocking I simply cast off and then stitched the end up, but I think I might try a Graft Toe/Kitchener Stitch method from a vintage knitting book that I have on this next stocking. I will let you know how it turns out. What method do you use for casting off/finishing the toe of cuff-down socks?
Now, the last thing I have to figure out with this project is how I share the finished pair of stockings here on the blog? How do you photograph socks nicely? How does one go about such a task? I suppose you will find out how I… I mean we (Charlotte and I to be precise), tackle that portion of the project when you see my next Knitting Adventures post.
Have you ever knit socks or stockings before?
What is your preferred way of knitting socks: cuff-down or toe-up?
What creative adventures have you been having lately?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer