Adventures in Knitting: My first pair of socks

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I haven’t talked much about it on the blog, but I’ve gotten pretty into knitting lately. I first started knitting in December of 2015, with a basic scarf. I then graduated to dish cloths and became addicted to knitting baby hats, but none of those have made it to the blog. About a year into my knitting journey, I decided that I really wanted to knit a pair of socks for myself, and I just finished them!

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I bought this yarn at Michael’s with some 50% off coupons. It is Patons Kroy self-striping sock yarn, and I bought 3 skeins but ended up using almost 2 for this pair of socks. It is a blend of 75% washable wool and 25% nylon.
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I wanted a super basic free sock pattern, without any frills. After a bit of searching the internet, I landed on a tutorial called a sock on 4 double-pointed needles by Come to Silver. This is a top-down sock with ribbing at the top.
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I had learned how to use magic loop by making baby hats, so I used magic loop for most of these socks, transferring to double-pointed needles for turning the heel. This project took me a year and a half to finish because I had to re-do the first sock multiple times. I kept knitting it too tightly and too small for my own foot. I was getting nervous again with the third go-around, and a nice lady named Robin at my local knitting group encouraged me to just try on the half-knit sock. Game changer! The sock fit over my foot and onto my calf, so I could proceed with confidence. Rather than having second sock syndrome, my second sock came together much more quickly than my first.
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You could say that I’ve caught the sock knitting bug. For my next pair, I want to try a toe-up pattern. I’ve already purchased the yarn as a souvenir from my recent trip to Colorado. It is a locally dyed grey and green wool blend, that reminds me a lot of the lichen growing on rocks in the mountains. I’ll have those ready and posted around 2020…
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Needles: US2 circular, US1 double pointed
Cost: $5.99
Time: 1.5 years

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