|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
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.