A little while back I declared a new sock knitting strategy for myself. It goes a little something like this:
- Knit sock 1 of pair A.
- Knit sock 1 of pair B.
- Knit sock 2 of pair A.
- Knit sock 2 of pair B.
This was devised in hopes of helping me avoid the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome that so often plagues us plebian one-at-a-time sock knitters. Well, so far it has worked out just fine…except that I cast on for pair C after finishing the 2nd sock for pair A, instead of going back and finishing the 2nd sock of pair B. Life never seems to go according to plan, does it? But it all works out in the end, since my goal is to only have 2 pairs of socks going at any one time and to not dread knitting either of them.
This weekend I put in another James Bond flick, From Russia With Love, and sat down to finish this:
I knit for a couple of inches, did some regular old toe decreases, then ended with a flourish with my new best friend, Kitchener Stitch.
- Pattern: Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks by Ann Budd from Favorite Socks
- Yarn: ONline Linie 3 Supersocke 100 in color 833
- Needles: For the cuff and first couple of inches, size 3 (3.25mm); then I switched to a size 2 (2.75mm) for the rest. This yarn and pattern combine to create a very stretchy sock. I probably could have gotten away with using 2s for the whole thing.
This is a fairly simple pattern to knit up and qualifies as nearly-mindless knitting for me. The only trick is to pay attention to where the traveling stitches are going and remember to help get them there every other row. The stitch pattern gives the self-patterning yarn a little more interest and texture than you’d get with stockinette or ribbing, and it’s simple enough that it doesn’t get lost in the colors.
I love my new sock blockers! They provide a great way to store those single socks as art–I have them hanging up on my office wall. In the past, my first socks would be crumpled up at the bottom of my knitting bag, waiting to be pulled out for reference when knitting the 2nd sock. And this may still be the case when I’m working on a pair. But until then, knitted wall art suits me just fine!