I feel I am going from kindergarten to a Ph.D in knitting: one moment I was making scarves and beanies (lucky to avoid mistakes) then all of a sudden I am knitting socks. Well, sock. I may never get past the first one.
A fellow blogger, Bianca of Wolfberryknits ( https://ravensridge.wordpress.com/about/) sent me an ‘easy’ sock pattern using four 4mm DPNs (that’s double pointed needles) and DK/8 ply yarn (it’s a thicker yarn than usual for socks; meant to be ‘easier’ to handle).
Bianca is the real knitter – she writes patterns for magazines! I thank Bianca for the encouragement but perhaps it is more of a challenge. You see, making socks for knitters is like making teapots for potters and I’m still making pinched pots (that’s rolling a ball of clay and sticking your thumb into it to make an opening, then pinch the walls to widen and voila, you have a pot).
I am always telling my calligraphy students to reach further so I cannot turn away from this challenge; besides, Bianca’s pattern arrived in my post office box just after I mailed my last lot of knitting off to Wayside, so I was ready for a new project. I started on the sock.
I have never used DPNs before so I resorted to watching a Youtube video to get some instructions. You can learn how to do anything on Youtube, but if I make mistakes using two needles, what chance do I have in using four?
It’s not for the faint hearted. I gingerly divided 40 stitches onto three needles (you knit with the fourth) and started a ‘knit 2 purl 2 rib’ (sorry for the jargon: look at the cuff of your knitted tops to see what I mean; it’s a pattern alternating two different stitches to create a tight but stretchy fabric, in this case the band that helps the sock hold onto your leg). The needles kept twisting and threatened to poke my eye out at one time. I knew that the thing was going to look horrible, with big gaps between the stitches on the three needles. I restarted so many times that the dodgy yarn I was using was starting to fall apart.
I decided to keep going. This sock will never be worn but be enshrined as a monument of my courage/foolishness. Besides, it is tiny! I feel as if I am knitting a jumper (that’s Australian for pullover) for a Barbie doll. Maybe Bianca sent me a small project on purpose. If I can knit a tiny sock I can knit a real sock one day.
So far I have a bit of a band happening. I wonder if I should bind off and pretend I was knitting a wrist band? No – onwards to the next part: stocking stitch to the ankle. Usually stocking stitch means one row of ‘knit’ and one row of ‘purl’ but by the magic of knitting in the round, you only need to do ‘knit’ stitches and it will magically appear as stocking. How neat is that? I’ll show you what I mean when I have completed the next part. Watch this space. If I ever finish it I will post the step by step process. Till then, happy knitting or whatever fun thing you’re doing!