Saturday, July 5, 2008

First Sock!!!

Woo Hoo! I finished my first ever sock!!! I know I said I was going to do the first sock for me, but I decided to start slower and make a sock for the little ones first. You know me and mini things, so it seemed to make sense to try a small one and finish faster. :D

The pattern is Lion Brand's Knit Child's Solid Socks using Caron Simply Soft Shadows Soft Merino colorway on US Size 5 DPNs. I made the 2-3 year size. And I'm happy to say that I had perfect gauge on this! So anyway, here it is...

Not too bad for a very first ever sock, I think! But there are a few problems:
Captions are kind of small, so I'll talk about them in more detail. I think you seasoned sock knitters will see the problems right away anyway.

Problem 1: There is a very small hole in the cast on edge. I think it's not a big deal. I used the backward loop cast on and it made a very stretchy cast on. Considering that I have been told I cast on tightly, I'm actually pretty pleased with this. But, it's not perfect and there is room for improvement.

Problem 2: I don't really know the technical terms, after all, this is my first sock. There are holes right at the point that you go from shaping the heel to working on the foot (is this the gusset?). Now this one bothers me! They are not exactly small holes, as you'll soon see. And I'm not entirely sure I even did the slip and wrap thing correctly either. I don't like holey socks, so I would dearly like to fix this!

Problem 3: Grafting. Need I say more? Well, OK, maybe I do. Again, new technique to me and don't know if I did it right, but I certainly tried (about 6 times!). My toe did not end up nice and rounded as in the pattern picture. Instead, I got a pointy toe that only an elf could appreciate.

Now onto the other side of the sock:

Problem 4: Why yes, that is a strange thing protruding from the side of the heel. It's some kind of strange bump that sticks out when the sock is flat and when on a foot, it kind of turns into a squared edge. Really weird!

Overall though, I think it doesn't look too bad, laying on the table, for a first sock. It does look enormous for a 2 year old! But then I had to try it on the squirmy one...

Don't know how many of you have tried it, but it's very hard to get a 2 year old to hold still while you take a picture of his foot while also trying to keep his twin sister from jumping in the shot cause she's jealous of the attention and wants a sock too! Oh, and then the 6 yo big brother gets upset cause you messed up the pattern he created with the mats and tries to fix it while you're taking the shot. Needless to say, it took several attempts to get a shot this good (albeit not very good). :D

Anyway, here you can see the problems more clearly...pointy toe, big holes, strange protusion. And one more problem. See on the table the sock looks huge! On his foot, the huge part is from the heel up. The length from the toe to the funky heel protrusion is not quite long enough. Of course, maybe this would be fixed if he had that extra room being taken up by the point in the toe. Did I mention I had perfect gauge on this?

So, all you experienced sock knitters out there, please help me! :D What can I do to improve my sock skills? How can I fix these problems? What did I do wrong????

Happy Crafting!


  1. I use a longtail cast on that is very stretchy and i don't get those little holes in the cast on. As for the guesset holes, those are something that you just learn to avoid by either tension, or pick up an extra gusset stitch on both sides to avoid those and decrease on the first round. The point toe i'm not sure about. Possibly when you decrease, do a decrease round and then knit round if you didn't, and grafting is just tricky to get the tension right. Hope this helps!

  2. Others will chime in here and on Ravelry, but here are a few thoughts:

    1) It could be that when you wove in the cast-on edge that you accidentally took the yarn the wrong way through the first stitch and undid it, which could result in a hole. If you notice a hole when you go to weave in that end, you can always go through it again (the right way around) with the yarn and then pull it tight enough to not show anymore.

    2) The hole at the gusset is the bane of every sock knitter and every knitter will give you different advice. One suggestion is to twist the stitches by knitting or purling through the back loop, which pulls the stitches in closer so you don't develop holes.

    3) It could be that you pulled the stitches too tight when you were grafting and that's why they're pointy.

    4) I can't see the weird thing you see, so I'm no help to comment on that.

    5) It sounds like the sock foot isn't actually long enough for your son's foot. Next time knit a few more rows than they suggest before you start the toe decreases.

    Good luck and welcome to the sock world!

  3. Thanks so much Liz and kkfea74! I'm taking all this advice to heart so I can play with it and make the seconde sock better! Then I guess I'll have to make a third sock so that at least 2 of them will sort of match! LOL