Gentle Waves

Socks are one of those things that are on my (extremely long) to-do list. When a pattern that I really liked appeared in my copy of Simply Knitting I decided that now is the time to have a go. I bought some very expensive but gorgeous Malabrigo sock yarn.

This is the colour. As the socks have a lovely pattern I wanted something plain so as to show this off to it’s best.

When I first cast on I was a little bit worried by how thin the yarn is. I thought that it would take me for ever…..however socks are not that wide and so each round comes around fairly quickly. As mentioned, they are knitted in the round. I have to say that I think that I would probably prefer to use dpn’s, simply because I get really fed up keep having to pull the cable through the socks. Changing needles feels like it would be a lot easier…..

This shows the wave pattern quite nicely.

This shows the wave pattern quite nicely.

2 holed socks 033

Instead of a bowl, this time I have used a pint-sized glass!

It is upside down – the heel is at the top of the photo. This probably shows 1 and a bit weeks worth of knitting. Last weeks WI was very productive. I learnt about flower arranging whilst knitting! This morning I turned my first ever heel:

This might give you some idea of my first heel?

This might give you some idea of my first heel?

It was all done using short rows where you knit only a few of the total number of stitches without casting any off. It is a great technique – really clever. I have done it once before on a jumper but the instructions are really clear and so a complete beginner would be able to do it.

I am hoping that my fast pace continues and I have a completed pair to show you in a couple of weeks? I am only slightly scared that having done one I will think that the challenge is complete and the one will remain single! Do you have any tips to help?


41 thoughts on “Gentle Waves

  1. SallyStrawberry

    Looking great so far! Unfortunately I don’t have any tips for you as I have only ever made one sock! Like you say, I felt the challenge was over once I had finished one. Maybe we should all keep on at you…..that way you will have no excuse 🙂 x

  2. helen

    Thanks for the ‘ping back’. Looking good, that’s a lovely pattern for your first pair of socks. I’m on my 3rd pair which I’ve added a cable pattern to the rib. So far I haven’t suffered from ‘second sock syndrome’ (as I’ve seen it called). Finishing the first one is great but I do find getting going on the second one a bit tedious but once I turn the heel I feel like I’m on the homeward straight. A pair to fit my husband’s size 11 feet felt like they were going on for ever.
    Looking forward to seeing the finished article.

    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      Ahh thank you. I am not sure that I would want to knit a pair for my husband. This pattern is great as it is interesting but not that complicated – just about a perfect mix if you ask me but ask me again when I have just started my second!

  3. musingrunner

    Great color and pattern. Cast on the second one right away. I love to knit socks with Hiya Hiya 9 inch (23 cm) diameter needles, no dpns or magic loop, just round and round we go.

  4. Gallivanta

    Looks good, very good and the Malabrigo site is full of gorgeousness. If you only finish one sock you could make it into a stylish, regal Christmas stocking, but, as an incentive to complete a pair of socks, how about a sock giveaway, either on your blog or as a fundraiser for something??? Your WI sounds very interesting. How often do you meet?

    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      We meet once a month. We have a good time and do a variety of things. I like your idea of a give away it is just that I think that I want to keep them….. I am such a selfish person ;(

  5. lovelucie1

    Loving your yarn. I’ve just discovered it myself. Such lovely colour ways and so soft. So jealous of your sock knitting!!!!! I was going to attempt my first over the Christmas break when all my Christmas makes are out of the way.

  6. JenR

    Huge fan of using dpns for socks!! My first pair I did the two at a time on circular needles and thought I would never finish. I especially hated all the pulling of the cable through the sock. I thought that made it take much longer. I had almost sworn off socks until one of the ladies in my group begged me to try again with dpns and I have been knitting socks ever since!! Love the color of the yarn!!

  7. Gertie

    What lovely yarn, and such a pretty colour.
    I haven’t read previous comments so someone may have already suggested this but you could always try knitting two socks at the same time xx

  8. pearlypea

    Love your single sock and the colour is beautiful! I can only crochet so far, but hope to learn to knit sometime soon. I really want to make a chunky cable knit jumper and most of all SOCKS… I think being able to knit your own socks is totally awesome (maybe I need to get out more?) :o)

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