Like many knitters‚ I travel with socks. They are the best; small‚ light‚ and easy. I have heard some people even leave one in the glove compartment of their car‚ just in case!
With all these socks under my belt I have learned a few things they don’t always tell you in the patterns. Here is a list of tips you should apply to your next pair:
- Try it on – Toe up or cuff down‚ it is so important to get the right fit. My first pair of socks were soooooo baggy around my ankles. What is the point of a handmade custom item if it doesn’t fit properly?
- Measure first – do you want two matching socks? Well‚ unless you have bought two solid balls of yarn‚ you should probably measure it out. This is what I do: weigh the ball‚ keep it on the scale‚ begin winding off yarn‚ stop when you have gotten to half the original weight. If you also want the pattern to match: take the two ends and compare until you have found the repeat. Put a slipknot in on both strands at the same point.
- Take notes – The pattern May indicate measurements‚ but if you have adjusted it for size (see tip 1) you are gonna want these to match. And you won’t have to try on the second sock!
- Start again – i can’t encourage this enough: when you cast off the first one‚ immediately start the next. I have heard so many stories of people with lonely single socks because they wanted to start a new project. You are not done until you can wear them‚ and that means a pair!