An Ode To Crochet Socks

Feb 17, 2012

One of my favorite features from the Winter 2011 issue is the first edition in our exploration of crocheted socks. Prior to this issue I had never attempted to make crochet socks before. Mostly, it was because my first attempt at handmade socks was to knit them.
Toe-Up Sock Recipe, Interweave Crochet Winter 2011

I personally found the process of knitting socks to be very finicky. I didn't like pushing around stitches on four or five tiny double-pointed needles. I'm not knocking sock knitting; it's just not for me.

When I started to crochet my first sock, something instantly clicked for me. Compared to managing several needles at a time, the freedom of a single hook and how easy it was to maneuver around a relatively small area was a serious "aha" moment for me. I'm in love. I invite you all to share in the brilliance that is a crocheted sock with me. There's nothing like getting home after sloshing around in the ice and snow and slipping your tootsies into a nice, smoosh-y crocheted sock.

Here is my latest attempt, the Shirley's Socks pattern from Accessories 2010. It's a great beginner sock pattern in terms of its simple shaping and the open lace will work up quickly.

 
   

By the way, the stunning yarn I am using was sent to me by the most amazing gal. Her name is Claudia and she is the dyer who makes these amazing colors happen. The yarn is called Wollmeise Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin. In the interest of full disclosure, this yarn is not easy to come by; but if you can, GET SOME. The colors are unmatched in terms of their beauty and vibrancy. Every stitch that I make with it is pure happiness for my hook. The best US sources are here and here.  

Stay tuned, because we have a lot more great sock pattern goodness on the way for you. And be sure to post your own wonderful finished socks in our gallery.

Best wishes,

Sharon

 


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AnnieBebop wrote
on Feb 17, 2012 1:49 PM

Why would anyone want socks that you have to hand wash and lay flat to dry?  Isn't there a better way to spend your time than doing laundry?   This has always been a mystery to me.  Plus the yarn you feature is not only hard to get, it costs a fortune.  This is way beyond my understanding.   Maybe you can explain this fascination with socks that so may knitters (and a few crocheters) have.

DonnaP wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 1:56 PM

Superwash wool can be washed. I wash my crocheted socks in the washing machine - could use a lingerie bag, but I don't.

Seems pretty simple to me: you don't want crocheted socks, don't crochet socks.

TerriLynnC wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 2:56 PM

Actually, crocheted socks sound like they could be fun to try, especially with an affordable yarn choice--there are lots of sock-weight yarns out these days, and some of them are reasonably priced.  (With my budget I do a lot of substitution with most of my projects, anyway...)  Knitting socks has always looked scary, but this sounds doable.

on May 10, 2012 9:33 PM

I made my first pair of crocheted socks a couple of months ago. They turned out great and I enjoyed making them. They washed up fine in the washing machine. I used sock yarn I purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Jodiebodie wrote
on May 20, 2012 6:50 AM

Why would anyone be fascinated with sock knitting/crocheting?

-portable and quick to finish

-if you can learn to make a sock, you can probably make anything as socks have increases, decreases, shaping, ribbing, grafting (for knitters), working in the round or in rows etc.

-intellectually, sock making can be fascinating because there are many different methods to achieve the same sock shape

-the possibilities are many so no need to get bored, there's always something new to learn and so many designs out there to try

-any technique you want to learn, you can learn it by trying it out on a sock; e.g. colourwork, textures, stitches etc.

-socks are useful! Wear them, give them as gifts, hang them up at Christmas time, keep your mobile phone in one, make puppets out of them

-socks are easy to care for, especially when made with washable yarns and don't take long to wash and dry, even if done by hand

-making one's own socks gives the opportunity to sample all sorts of luxury yarns and treat the feet to some extra softness that is rarely found in store-bought socks.

-people with hard to fit feet, or special needs can make custom sized socks that will fit perfectly

-choose your own yarn to make your own socks - useful if you have a sensitivity to any of the fibres in store-bought socks

-choose your own colour to make them exactly as you want, not having to put up with only the choices of ready-made

These are just 11 reasons which came 'off the top of my head' instantly as I read the question. I am not trying to convert anyone, but I hope that this might go twoards a better appreciation of the value of sock knitting and crocheting as an activity that so many enjoy.