I haven't knit many socks yet. I am knitting my third pair right now and I am very hopeful, although not to the point of holding my breath, for a pair that actually match this time.
|Plain sock made with Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock|
I heart self-striping yarn!
Next: figuring out if you knit on the inside or outside of the double pointed needles. The really important part being able to tell the difference when you accidental flip it around. You see, my first pair was a heavily pattern sock which formed complex ribs with moss and seed stitch in between the ribs. I kept switching, accidentally, between the inside and the outside of the sock causing my moss and seed stitch to form ribbing when I was knitting the outside pattern on the inside. But different ribbing from the pattern. I was easily 1/3 of the way through my first sock before I got this issue resolved. That first sock was oddly... stripey. And you guessed it I did not rip it out to fix it. That's what pant legs and shoes are for! Okay... knit on the outside. Check.
Next: turning the heel. OMG you feel like a genius when you get this figured out. Getting them to match can come much later but just getting yourself around that corner is one of the most awesome things is all of knitting. Okay... heel turn. Check.
Next: toe decreases. Figuring out the slope and pitch of your own toes does require some trial and error. I'll admit that my first sock has a very nipple-like genie slipper curl to the toe. The second one was much more natural.
Lastly: doing it again! You have two choices for your second sock: intentionally make the same mistakes as on sock #1 or try to figure out what you were supposed to have done the first time and do that. I like to think I am learning something and have, so far, stuck with option #2. Try to get it right the second time. So I guess, technically, I am intentionally make different socks at this point. There are just so many variables to making socks.
|#1 socks- I called these my Ottawa socks|
made with Spud & Chloe, Fine , in Lipstick.
I am hiding the nipple toe.
|#2 socks- my Halifax socks|
Malibrigo sock yarn
We'll see how #3 turns out.
But it's a process, knitter.