arainbowcupcake said: i've been seeing your posts about all the lovely socks you've made recently, and i was wondering if you could recommend a good first-time sock pattern. i've been wanting to try my hand at them lately but can't seem to find a simple, entry-level kind of pattern and would appreciate the advice of a more experienced knitter.
This is a great question!
As someone who saw beautiful socks other people were making all the time, I felt the need to join in and make my own pretty things. I heard stories of the joys of a handknit socks and how it can be tailored to fit your foot exactly…and I wanted that too!
I tried many different socks, and failed to complete a pair (or even one!!) several times, I thought I was destined to never be a sock knitter. I started with cuff down socks, lots of recommendations for that, and I found the foot always came out the wrong size, no idea what I was doing wrong, safe to say I was fed up.
Then I heard you could do toe up, so in my last ditch attempt to knit some socks I tried this, and it was a revelation! For some reason this totally clicked for me. I like increasing to the width of my foot, to try it on as I go. I tend on always start with 28sts (14 on each needle) and increase so I have 64sts in total. However, with this method, if I use a heavier sock yarn like my most recent pair, I could see that I only needed 60sts because I could try it on!
Heels are tricky, I always through, heel flap just totally baffled me and looked really basic when I did them, then I tried the Afterthought Heel and life because so much simpler. The basic idea is that when you get to where the heel is meant to start, you knit half your stitches with waste yarn, and continue just knitting up in the round with your regular yarn. I was trying to find an example from my projects to show you, but I apparently never take a picture of that stage. However, if you you at all the projects that other people have done, you are bound to see what I mean.
Then you zoom your way to the top of the leg, put in some ribbing and cast off. Pick up your stitches either side of the waste yarn so they sit on the needles and removed the waste yarn. Then follow the pattern (it’s just a toe in reverse!) and voila, a finished sock.
Doing an afterthought heel is by far an away the easiest first sock pattern in my opinion. :)