SOCKS – Have you knitted them? Which method do you use? There are several different ways and there’s crocheted socks too..
With the advent of Ravelry and numerous books and magazines, you can always find one to suit.
Anne prefers knitting 2-at-a-time on two circular needles so that she avoids sock-itus (the “dreaded” unfinished 2nd sock syndrome). She also knits her socks toe-up which has the advantage of being able to knit until she runs out of yarn because she likes her socks long.
Donna prefers knitting top down, one at a time using the magic loop method on one long circular needle. This just feels quicker but it does mean that you have to then start again and knit another identical sock.
There is a wide variety of methods used by the members of our knit group, from top down 2-at-a-time, to toe up one-at-a-time. From one circular or two, to 4 or 5 double pointed needles. Everyone seems to find the method they feel most comfortable with.
Whichever way you create your socks, we all love a good yarn to ensure the sock lasts.
These Regia and Sirdar yarns are ideal, and for the more luxurious pair how about Rowan Fine Art. Although you could use any 4ply yarn for socks, yarns with a percentage of nylon gives strength to the yarn, particularly helpful in the heel and toe of your socks, where they get the most wear.
Regia Active sock yarn is particularly interesting. The First Sock yarn with temperature regulation!
The Regia Active 6-ply 50g ensures a new dimension of comfort during any kind of outdoor activity, no matter how rough it gets outside! This is made possible by the temperature regulation properties of Outlast®, this fibre is used with the tried and trusted Regia quality. Outlast® fibre technology was originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts against the extreme temperature fluctuations in space. It’s been proven that wearing Outlast® components keeps your body temperature within a comfortable range. Whether in space or the great outdoors, your comfort is guaranteed!
Knowing which size to knit can be tricky but here is a handy website where you put in your size and it gives you all the maths! – Regia Interactive Sock Guide