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 found 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.
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. 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.
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.
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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