Hand Knit Socks, Socks and More Socks

As we have been having some seriously cold weather, snow, ice and bitter winds, it is the perfect time for some cozy, hand-knit socks. I want to make enough socks that I don’t have to wear store bought all the time, and I have slowly been amassing my collection. I also find that socks make a great project to carry with me if I find myself with some spare time, though people do tend to give me strange looks. Today I have 2 completed pairs to share, a set of Hermione Everyday and a moss stitch pair. Both were knit using 100% cotton yarn on 2.25mm double pointed needles (dpns).

Two-Colour Hermione Everyday Socks Hand -Knit in Cotton Yarn

First up is the Hermione Everyday pair. This is the second time I have used this pattern, the post on the first can be found here. The pattern I used for these can be foundย here, it’s free and super easy to follow so definitely go check it out.

The first time I knit these I used a variegated yarn and due to the colour changes the pattern isn’t very visible. The texture of this pattern is so interesting that I was quite disappointed that is was obscured by the yarn. This resulted in me using a solid colour yarn the second time round, to see if that would make a difference. The result was striking, with the texture showing through much clearer.ย Hand Knit Hermione Everyday Socks Finish

I wanted to add some interest by changing the colour of the yarn for the heels and toes. It was a lot of fun trying to figure out the best way to do this and I’m very happy with the result. I had some trouble trying to figure out the best time to re-introduce the lavender yarn after the heel turn.ย  Initially I wanted to have the entire sole a different colour but I couldn’t figure out a way to achieve that. Instead I knit the foot portion in lavender, transitioning the yarns after the pick up of the gusset stitches . I plan to try another pair with an after thought heel, once I learn how to do those. That would allow me to knit the entire heel in a different colour, not just the heel flap and turn.

 

Moss Stitch Socks Hand-Knit in Variegated Cotton Yarn

Once I finished the Hermione pair, I jumped right into knitting a second set. I wanted to make some using moss stitch for a long time as I love the look, but had no idea how it was done. I had lots of the variegated yarn left over from my first attempt at Hermione Everyday, so I decided to make use of it and try some moss stitch socks.

Hand Knit Moss Stitch Sovks Finished

I wasn’t able to find a suitable sock pattern online or instructions on how to work moss stitch in the round. So I improvised by getting the instructions for the standard stitch and figuring out how to change it to work in the round. It was an interesting challenge and I really enjoyed knitting these. I like that this texture shows up better in this yarn, however it isn’t as visible as the plain yarn ones above, so I might do them again in a simpler yarn.Hand Knit Moss Stitch Socks Finished

 

Mistakes Were Made, Lessons Were Learned

Having worn both of these pairs a number of times now I’m beginning to think that 100% cotton yarn, or at least the stuff I have used, might not be the best choice for socks. The knit fabric from the cotton is very dense and has little stretch to it, unlike wool and some synthetic I have tried. This makes them difficult to get on and off, though they are very comfortable once on. I think future socks will be knit in wool or blends to see if that makes a difference.

The dpns that I used for these were a cheap bamboo set I bought as part of a collection, which became completely unusable after a couple of pairs of socks. They had such a significant curve that I had to replace them and this time I was going to do it right. I found KnitPro Karbonz available online and I love them so much I plan on replacing all my needles with them. I never realised just how unpleasant it is to work with poor quality tools.

Both of these pairs of socks were definitely a learning experience. I had to figure out a lot of things myself, working moss stitch in the round and changing the colours on the Hermione Everyday socks. However both worked out really well and it feels amazing to have expanded my skills. Also I have another 2 pairs of socks which are a perfect fit, which is one of the great things about making things yourself!

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10 thoughts on “Hand Knit Socks, Socks and More Socks

  1. Lovely finishes! I really have to look at some videos and figure out which way I’d like to start, dpn vs. in the round to attempt some socks. I’ve heard you should look for nylon in the yarn for it to last well also.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. All socks will be worked in the round your options would be to use dpns (4-5), circular needles (2 sets) or magic loop. I use dpns, have never used either of the other 2 unfortunately. If you have questions let me know. I can direct you to a video that I used to do my first pair of socks.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Justine. I’m not very good at making patterns as of yet, but I’m hoping with some practise I can improve.

  2. Yay, more Hermione socks! The solid does show the design much more and they really are a lovely pair of socks. Moss stitch… hmm, I have a love/hate relationship with that one! I do like it for borders though. I’m working on my first (very plain) pair of socks and after restarting three times, I think I’m finally on my way to finish one lol.

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you have managed to get a hang on the sock knitting as it is such fun. I have to admit I really love the moss stitch.

  3. Lovely work on both socks =) I really love the colors on your Hermione socks, the pattern is working really well with it =) That always reminds me, that I should knit more often. I started a pair of socks ages ago, but I only knitted one sock, lol.
    As for using tools of higher quality, I absolutely agree with you. The first knitting needles I had belonged to my mother and/or grandmother. They were circular needles and were wrapped for ages, so when working with them, they always curled up and it was a pain to work with them (people suggest putting them into hot water, but that didn’t really work I sort of boiled them and then tried to straighten them by tying them to my door and tying a weight to them while they were cooling down, it was still awful and looked really silly). I was so happy when I got my first set of knit pro needles ๐Ÿ˜‰ I haven’t tried their Karbonz needles, just the Nova and the Symfonie (?- The colored wooden ones) and was very happy with them. But I might try the Karbonz, I managed to loose one of my wooden dpns ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I have found that getting the motivation to get that second sock done can be tricky. I hope you get around to finishing your pair some day. I adore my Karbonz, I haven’t tried any of the other knitpro needles but I have gotten some of their blocking pins and plan to get their blocking wires as well. The quality of their tools is just amazing.

  4. Lovely socks,I am addicted to sock knitting.I agree Hermione’s Every Day socks need a plain yarn so the pretty pattern shows up.I knit with 75% wool and 25% nylon yarn.The nylon content really makes socks more durable.
    Looking forward to seeing more socks ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I think I need to work with a yarn blend like that in the future but as they say live and learn. It’s good to learn these lessons. Good to know I’m not the only socks addict.

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