Let's talk about socks. Generally speaking we don't give them much thought. Lot's of people wear the same style every day. I am a white cotton gym sock. My husband is a wool boot sock and my son is a black cotton dress sock. We are dedicated to our styles and because of our commitment it is the one thing we don't have to worry about when getting dressed each morning (hooray!). So while consistency does have it's advantages, I'll openly admit that it is boring (boo!).
Hand knit socks however, are not. The assortment of specialty yarns geared specifically for our feet are fabulous! You can find bright colors, light colors, self striping, ombre, jacquards, fair isle, heathered, and sparkles. Hand spun, hand dyed and hand painted in nearly any fiber or combination of fibers you can name! Then of course there are the patterns. On Ravelry alone there are nearly 30,000 matches for the search "knit socks"! Wow!
It only makes sense that there are a variety of different techniques for turning yarn into fashionable footwear. Like all things in knitting, one way is not better than the other, or the "right" way to do it. It all comes down to what works best for you and the sock you're making!
There is one more technique that I've come across. The magic loop uses just one long (40 inch) circular needle. In fact, there is even a way to knit two socks at the same time using this method! When I first started knitting I thought that might be easier for a beginner. You know, get them both done at the same time and then you don't have to worry about the dreaded second sock syndrome. Turns out I was wrong. I didn't know enough about the basics of sock construction and I wasn't confident enough in my skills to be sliding stitches around and pulling needles from one side to the other! It was a disastrous undertaking that ended with some choice words and a knotted mess of yarn. I haven't given up on the magic loop, and I still think there is wisdom in the two at once philosophy, especially for someone like me who has a hard time finishing all the things I start!
I'm not sure which of these I'll finish first. I've been plugging away at all of them everyday. I like having a variety of different projects all set and at the ready. Plus socks are great on the go. I can toss any one of them in my bag and not worry about having a pattern or keeping track of where I am on a chart.
Did you have any idea that there were so many ways to make socks? And we didn't even talk about the actual construction techniques (like top-down, toe-up and flat) or the many kinds of heels and toes you can make! With such a variety of options it's understandable why knitting socks is so popular. There really is something for everyone.
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