I've been knitting socks for a long time. I first learned to make them when I was an exchange student in Germany nearly thirty years ago, but I didn't really start churning them out in earnest until about ten years ago, when I decided that I wanted to be a great knitter. I thought that knitting socks was the ultimate skill to master - if I could knit socks, then I would be, by definition, a great knitter.
There are many, many ways to construct socks. Most of the ones I have made have been fairly traditional, knitted from the top down on double-pointed needles, with a round heel and a wedge toe. I have also knitted a few from the toe up, some with round toes, and some with different sorts of heels. I've tried making them two-at-a-time on circular needles. I've made cables and stripes and plain black work socks. I've covered a lot of bases over the years.
I started by making socks for my children, who were small at the time. They loved their homemade socks and didn't much care whether they were perfect or not, or whether they matched, so they gave me tons of opportunities for practice. Now, everyone in my house wears adult-sized socks, but that hasn't cramped my style. Here are some pictures of my favorite creations:
|Socks for my sister, made from self-patterning yarn.|
|Green staggered-rib socks for my cousin.|
|Fuzzy warm socks for myself.|
|Among my favorites: blue self-patterned socks for my sister's mother-in-law.|
|Awesome marigold-yellow socks.|
|Blue and green stripes.|
|Socks with a braided cable running up either side|
|Plain green ribbed socks in chunky wool|