Knit socks, you love ’em or you hate ’em typically you fall to one size. Many times people are discouraged by socks since they will need to use DPNs. There are a few different ways of making socks that you can find one that suits you best. In Knit Socks for those you love by Edie Eckman you will find 11 family-friendly designs to get started with. Take a leap of faith with me and start your first pair of socks today.
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My First Knit Socks:
Before you turn away and say that you will never knit socks know that you can knit your first pair. Even if you have had trouble in the past with wielding a set of DPNs I can help you.
Earlier this year I ran a Knit-along with Red Heart for your first pair of knit socks. There were so many people that joined us and actually completed their first pair of socks. Fingering weight/sock weight yarn can be another part of the challenge when starting your first pair of socks. In the KAL we used worsted weight yarn (Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™) to make it easier to get an understanding of how sock knitting works.
If you aren’t ready to dive into this book start with the KAL to build your confidence. Watch all of the videos to learn the ins and outs of making your first pair of socks.
Inside the Book:
Opening the cover of the book you will see a section about the author, Edie. Edie is a wonderful knit and crochet designer, author and many other things to the fiber industry. Reading to the end of this first section you will see how Edie didn’t let anything hold her back when she knit her first multi-colored intarsia vest. Others might have told her that she couldn’t do it, if she asked, but she went right ahead and did it anyway. The same idea applies to knitting socks. Don’t be afraid of trying something new, find the tools that will help you and jump in.
Within the book you will find that some socks are worked toe-up and others are worked cuff down. Try them both out and find which you like better. Avoid the second sock syndrome by working them both at the same time. Grab two sets of DPNs before you get started and finish your first pair.
After reading through this book your whole family will be able to have a pair of knit socks. With options for men, women and children every age group is covered. Even yoga lovers get a pair of yoga socks to make! All but three pairs of socks in this book use fingering weight/sock weight yarn. I suggest that if you haven’t knit socks before you try one of the DK weigh patterns, or my worsted weight KAL, first so that you have an easier time with the stitches.
Patterns are charted and written out. If you need a little more support with casting on there is a section in the back of the book as well that walks you through cast on and bind off. Everything you need for success is here.