Hey everyone, I have some more hand knit socks to share. While my creativity was on holiday for a while, the only thing I felt like working on was some hand knit socks. They are a nice compact project that I am able to carry around with me and don’t take any prep to settle down with for an evening. The perfect craft for when I’m too tired or under pressure. The only question to answer is, which pattern?
While lurking around on Instagram, I have seen a number of examples of Harry Potter inspired socks. Being a huge fan of the series, they kept catching my attention. The Hermione Everyday Socks particularly appealed to me. Luckily I was able to find a great, free pattern online, here. I had some 100% cotton fingering weight yarn in my stash, so I decided to make up a swatch. Luckily the yarn and recommended needle size worked perfectly together.
I really enjoyed making these socks and love the 1×1 ribbed cuff. I made a couple of slight adjustments around the heel flap just to suit my own taste. The pattern was really clear and concise, but I did manage to confuse myself by using 4 DPNs when the pattern uses two circular needles. This meant that when the author listed the numbers of stitches you should have on each needle my count was different, as the stitches were distributed across 3 needles instead of two. It wasn’t that the math was difficult, I just kept forgetting that the pattern was based on 2 circulars.
When I got towards the toe of the second sock I started to run out of yarn but hoped that I would get the last few rows done, alas it was not to be. Now I had to make a choice, do I buy just one ball of the yarn to finish the pair I was working on, and end up with a partial ball in my stash or, do I buy 2 balls and make another pair of shorter socks later. I figured it was better to buy the 2. I knew that a partial ball would get lost in my stash and it would be a long time before it got used, if ever.
I can now understand why I see so many of these Hermione Everyday Socks showing up in my Instagram feed. They are a realtively simple pattern with a straightforward 4 row pattern repeat but the result is really lovely. It is the kind of pattern I would use if I was looking for something a little more challenging than a pair of stockinete stitch socks, but didn’t want a very complicated pattern. I do wonder if the texture would be easier to see if I used a plain colour, that might be an experiment for a another day.
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