New Crochet-Along: Crochet Socks, Sideways!

Mar 3, 2011

I am officially declaring our Midsummer Night's Shawl crochet-along a huge success! Over 50 of you participated, making gorgeous shawls (some of you made more than one—you are crazy in the best way possible), sharing your love for crochet lace and demonstrating the incredible way we can each infuse the same pattern with our own character. I had a wonderful time, thank you!

 In fact, I had so much fun, let's do it again.


Something I love almost as much as lacy shawls: Woolly socks!!

I particularly love the Sydney's Sideways Socks by Brenda Anderson from our Crochet Accessories 2010 Special Issue. I made these socks in November for my grandmother's 90th birthday. She adored them so much, I think I might need a pair myself.

Here is the schedule for the Sydney's Sideways Socks CAL:
Today-March 10th: Order yarn and the pattern.
March 10th-March 20th: Get gauge!
March 20th-April 1st: Complete the increase section.
April 1st-April 20th: Complete the even section.
April 20th-May 1st: Complete the decrease section.
May 1st-May 7th: Finishing.
(Done in time for Mother's Day!)

This is assuming you are working the socks two-at-a-time, which I recommend for a number of reasons: Second Sock Syndrome (it's a dangerous thing), consistent gauge, and consistency in any changes you need to make to the pattern to accommodate your feet.


Here's what you will need:

2 skeins of
Wisdom Yarns Poems Sock, distributed by Universal Yarn. From personal experience, I do not recommend yarn substitution on this project. I got halfway through one sock and had to frog it three times while trying to use a substitute yarn. Even though I got gauge on a small swatch, the Poems Socks has a unique construction (a single with some mild thick-and-thin, much like handspun) that I haven't encountered in any other commercial yarn. Besides, it is scrumptious and not too pricey for the yardage (and the colors, swoon).

A 2.5 mm hook, or the size needed to obtain gauge (for me, that is 2.75 mm).

A row counter (to save your sanity).

A tape measure (for checking gauge).

A yarn needle (for weaving in ends).

A handful of stitch markers (the pattern calls for one, which is the only one that is necessary, but I recommend at least three per sock, unless you live in a world where you can count to 100 without being interrupted...).

The pattern, of course, which can be found in our Crochet Accessories 2010 Special Issue, available in the Interweave Store in either
magazine (until it sells out—quick, snag one!) or digital form.

I invite you to come introduce yourself in our CAL forum and tell us about your progress on the project. I'll see you over there!

Until next time,

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torgerjl wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 11:06 AM

I am new to crochet; I was wondering if this something a newbie could keep up with?

tamelask wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 11:08 AM

interesting!  I tried to make a sideways pattern- i couldn't find anything out there and reasoned it would work, kind of along the lines of 'crochet that fits'.  Well, it didn't work out perfectly- but i have some nifty fitted leg warmers, or i will when i get the second one done.  :)  I loved the vertical stripes.  I used paton's FX clover colors.  i may do some feet in all black and attach them to the leg portion.  So thanks for this pattern- will give it a go with some more yarn.  tammy

Sarah Read wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 11:34 AM

Hi Torgerjl,

This pattern isn't what I would consider to be a beginner-level pattern, but I bet you can do it! It might just require a little extra concentration until you get the hang of it.

torgerjl wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 11:40 AM


LadyNixie wrote
on Mar 3, 2011 9:24 PM

I got the digital of this just for this sock pattern lol however you mentioned "working the socks two-at-a-time" so that you don't get "Second Sock Syndrome" which I know I will get, but the question I have is that the only time I have ever seen the 2 at a time is with knitting... I didn't know that there was such a thing for crocheting... could you point me in the direction to finding this out?  Thanks bunches!

sealed4ever wrote
on Mar 6, 2011 3:26 PM

I always knit socks 2 at a time, too, but have never done 2 at a time crochet socks. Please share what you can. I tried a quick search and couldn't find anything online. I'd like to do this CAL but  don't know where to get the 2 at a time info.  Thanks, if you can help

on Mar 7, 2011 10:33 AM

I've received my yarn and downloaded the pattern.  I'm looking forward to this.  Deadlines help me get projects completed.  I, too, have not heard of crocheting two at a time.  Is that the reason for two yarn skeins?

lynndp wrote
on Mar 9, 2011 3:30 PM

This will be my first crochet along.  The beautiful Poems yarn sold me almost as much as the pattern.  Good luck to us all.

Teri Caswell wrote
on Mar 10, 2011 3:57 PM

I've new to "Crochet-Along" but I'm gonna try!


janeyq wrote
on Mar 11, 2011 8:47 AM

Hi. I have crocheted many basically rectangle items. I used to make baskets, etc. sort of w/o patterns 30! years ago.

How hard is this pattern? I love the way it looks and the sideways stretch.

Also, I am allergic to wool. Any alternate suggestions? Thanks.

janeyq wrote
on Mar 11, 2011 8:57 AM

To answer my own question about non-wool yarns ...

However, all I know is what Grumperina says. If anyone else has tips, that would be great.

janeyq wrote
on Mar 11, 2011 9:09 AM

Has anyone tried Cascade Fixation?

viv714 wrote
on Mar 12, 2011 2:41 PM

Hi, I just received my yarn from Universal.  I know you prefer the wisdom poems sock, but it was a little too pricey.  I got the endurance sock instead for my first sock try.  Hope I don't have too many problems with it.  Looking forward to catching up!  Will keep you posted.

meowdancer wrote
on Mar 17, 2011 7:48 AM

I'm in.  I just got my yarn yesterday.  I guess that gives me 3 days to get gauge.

JoyfulGramma wrote
on Mar 17, 2011 8:08 PM

Hello Everyone! Just started my gauge last night and worked great! Am using steel C and Happy Feet from Plymouth Yarn Co. It seems to be working pretty well! This is very Yippeeeeee! Wishing all of you the best and sending thoughts your way!!!

JillG wrote
on Mar 19, 2011 9:01 AM

Thanks.  You're right, I do have this picture... I was really hoping for pictures of the work in progress with a few helpful labels for that snarky part at the beginning... showing the work before flipping and having an arrow that shows where you go next... or a quick video clip.

RuthS@8 wrote
on Mar 25, 2011 9:38 AM

Where do you need the extra stitch markers?

on Sep 5, 2011 2:43 AM

Dear Sarah,

I have finished these socks yesterday, started on Saturday morning. I love the pattern and the way these socks fit.

I would like to make these socks with a 6ply sock yarn and a bigger hook. Adjusting the length of foot and cuff is easy by make less stitches. I am not sure about the changes in the heel area. Must I change also the number of stiches or is it enough to work less rows of increasing and decreasing?

Hope you can help me or give a tip.

Thanks a lot and best reagards