We’re all about socks this week with the launch of our new knit and crochet-a-longs, so I wanted to give you some top tips to help you get the best from your next pair of handmade socks.
Knitting and crocheting socks can be a fun and rewarding project, but it can also be a bit tricky if you’re not familiar with the techniques involved. Here are some tips to help you create beautiful and comfortable socks that you’ll love to wear or gift to someone special:
5 Top Tips!
1. Choose the right yarn: Whether you’re knitting or crocheting, it’s important to choose a good quality sock yarn that is soft, durable, and washable. The yarn should be able to hold up to wear and tear, and it should also help your socks keep their shape. The usual blend to choose is a mixture of 75% wool and 25% nylon, such as WYS Signature 4ply or many beautiful indie dyed sock yarns.
2. Use stitch markers: Stitch markers are essential for both knitting and crocheting socks to keep track of the beginning of the round and any stitch pattern repeats. They also make it easier to fix mistakes and avoid losing your place.
3. Measure your foot: It’s important to measure your foot before you start knitting or crocheting to ensure a good fit. Pay attention to the length of the foot, the circumference of the ball of the foot, the ankle and calf, and the placement of the heel. This will help you create socks that fit comfortably and look great.
4. Practice different techniques: Knitting and crocheting socks involve a variety of techniques, including working in the round, shaping the heel and toe, and working with multiple colors. Practice these techniques on a small project before tackling a full pair of socks to gain confidence and comfort with the process.
5. If you don’t feel confident, use a lifeline: A lifeline is a strand of yarn that you insert through your stitches every few rows. This helps you avoid losing your stitches if you need to rip back and start over. This is just as important when crocheting as it is when knitting and can save a lot of time and frustration.
But above all else – have fun!
If you have any questions or need help, then do drop us a message, pop in for one of our groups, or sign up to one of our Zoom groups. You can also join our free FB group (Ewe Felty Thing Knitting Natter and Crochet Chatter) or join our Woolbert’s Flock group where we can give you dedicated support in person and online.