Friday, 29 June 2012

My First Knitted Socks FO

I'd had my sights on knitting a pair of socks for a number of years, but kept chickening out. When I set my mind on something, it's pretty much etched in stone, but that doesn't detract from the procrastinator in me.
About a month ago, all the scrummy home-made sock photos posted by Instagram 'friends' had finally convinced me that now really was the time to begin, so I purchased my 2.5mm / 100cm Addi Lace circular needle, downloaded the toe-up two-at-a-time pattern of choice from Ravelry, made a trip to a well stocked store for my Regia sock yarn, and then got down to learning new skills ...

I never cease to marvel at the genius of the human race in devising these methods and Judy's Magic Cast-On is no exception. I love it, and would be happy to begin a gazillion socks if it means doing this method over and over again.



Happily increasing away to form the toes ...



Needing a little energy boost to help me along the endless rounds of straight knitting, hehe ...


Increases galore to form the gusset ...


And onto more ingenious knitting design in the form of the Fleegle Heel ...


After more straight knitting and a 1x1 rib cuff, finally the eagerly awaited Invisible Ribbed Bind Off (which took a massive amount of concentration and had to be done in two sittings!) ...


Such an amazing feeling when you have your completed project in front of you, but not forgetting the all-important blocking ... after giving the socks a delicious smelling soak in Woolite of course.

Then onto my cute sheep-themed sock blockers to dry ...


And finally, the TAH-DAH moment ...


As you can see, I have one pair of very happy feet (if they could talk, they'd be saying SQUEEEEEEEE!)

I can't take all the credit for these gorgeous socks. I couldn't have made them without the help and support gained from the pattern I found on Ravelry titled 'Beginner Toe-Up Socks for Magic Loopby Liat Gat.
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I have taken part in Tami's Amis FO Friday for this blog post.

24 comments:

  1. Those socks are gorgeous! Thank you for the link, I'll definitely have to try that pattern!

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  2. Congrats on your first socks!!! There's nothing like having them on your feet, huh? I love the yarn you used and they look amazing. :D

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  3. Congrats on your first socks turning out so well. They are really cute XD

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  4. Amazing. Take a bow those socks are stunning, I might just be convinced to make a pair. I have also never made any in almost 10 years of knitting!!

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  5. I can hardly believe those are your first! And two at once to boot - chapeau, madame!

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  6. I've been a sock knitter for the last 40 years but haven't tried this methode. It sounds so complicated although I got a book for Christmas with lots of photogrphs of the process. When I feel the urge to knit a pair of socks, I still do it the way I know perfectly. Maybe know after seeing your beautiful socks .... if the weather will be cooler ..... if .... Maybe, you never know ....

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  7. Oooh I have those sock blockers :D Love the socks, you did an excellent job on them :)

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  8. Thanks Maria. Yes, do try the pattern, it's so much fun :) x

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  9. Thanks so much. And you're right, it's amazing to actually have them on your feet! :D x

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  10. Thanks so much! Please do make a pair. It's one of the most fun things I've ever knit :) x

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  11. Such a lovely compliment. Thank you :) x

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  12. Do go on and try this method ... it gives you such a good feeling when you've got your head around the two-at-a-time thing! lol :)

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  13. The sock blockers are cute aren't they? Thanks for your lovely comments :) x

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  14. Beautiful mama! Found you through Ravelry!

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  15. Woooohooooo - they are awesome!

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  16. Thank you for your lovely comment & for saying where you found my blog :) x

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  17. Such lovely, neat socks! Love the colours in the yarn, too.

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  18. Those are great! Congrats on your first socks....I am mainly a crocheter, but learned to knit for socks...haven't done toe-up yet...

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  19. Yay! What great pics, and I loved the ice-cream break pic! Aahhh, two of my favorite things in the world. I love the yarn you chose, and I'm so delighted that you liked my pattern and thought it was helpful. I'm even MORE delighted that you got over your procrastination and pushed yourself to learn so many new skills - Judy's Magic Cast-On, the Fleegle Heel, the invisible ribbed bind-off... look at you go!!

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  20. Thank you for your lovely comments. Socks are so much fun to knit aren't they!? x

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  21. Thanks so much Liat! I loved your pattern. It made learning these skills so achievable & fun :) x

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