Friday, January 23, 2009

I love socks so I am sharing some with you.

Forgive the picture, I never could take a decent snapshot on purpose. I'm not really sharing MY socks. Make your own. Now let's get this started!

Hi, I'm Melanie and I love socks. Really, really, love socks. I also love to crochet. I spend any extra time I have crocheting. I neglect housework and relationships for it. Well... I don't neglect relationships, but it does put a little strain on my marriage when I haul out the hook and yarn in public or make him pretend he's interested in my current WIP. Or when I crochet while visiting family. Or when I respond to a request with "just one more row". Or when I give him the "just a moment" finger because I am counting my stitches.
Nothing makes me as a mom feel smarter than when my DH stops the child who is attempting to speak to me while crocheting, "SHH! Don't talk to Mommy right now, she's trying to count."
Trying? As though this is an attempt and could fail?
Oh, wait, I was on a particular mission with this blog entry. Where was I? SOCKS!

Sadly, crochet socks don't work so well. Not that they look bad, but let's face it - even a die hard hooker such as myself has to admit socks are better in knit.
Did I mention I suck at knitting.
I mean, I can knit if I need to, but I am not good enough that people ask me "WHERE did you buy that darling ----? I simply have to have one!"
It's more like "how sweet, did you make it yourself? Don't give up, it took me years."
But since I love socks and crochet SO much, I never quit looking for a way the two can be together. Crochet does a much better job of slippers and baby booties or shoes. My children all have been forced to wear adorable crochet shoes since birth, I have too many pairs of slippers, and I give them as gifts often. Back to the perfect crochet socks... while I don't believe I have found it yet, these instructions come pretty close. It didn't take long to make and it's awfully straightforward and simple. I would say not beginner simple, but anyone who can single crochet, get a proper gauge and measure their feet can do it.
I don't call it a pattern because there are no row by row steps to follow but rather it gives you instructions on making a custom fit, toe up sock with an adorable afterthought heel (I love the finished look of this heel method compared to a turned heel) and is perfect if someone has special sock need such as two different sized or shaped feet, larger feet, thick ankles, or health reasons such as diabetes. It's also a great project to mess with color and pattern variations. Very customizable.
Even cooler- if you use a DK or fingering weight yarn, this will turn out to be a sock you can wear with your shoes.
No, REALLY! I made mine in WW acrylic (like I wanted to risk my sock wool on an untried project!) and I was very pleased. Tad too much for my sneakers, but it would be great if it were baby yarn.
Attempting this sock would require basic knowledge of crochet such as chain, single crochet, and increase/decrease as well as a couple of intermediate such as gauge, working in the round and attaching yarn as well as proper measuring skills for a custom fit.
I suggest you try this sock, it's a good one.
Toe up Crocheted Socks at Grafton Fibers.


Anonymous said...

I so wish I could understand the instructions! LOL i'm only a beginner but in time I too will make my own crocheted socks!!

Jane Sr. said...

I've been searching for a crochet sock pattern...I may just try this

Keyamoni said...

That is a short one. You like short socks?

Melanie said...

Short socks are ok. I really prefer knee high or above, but since there weren't any instructions on making it longer and I was looking for something easy and fast, I didn't mess around with altering it to make longer socks. Although in the pic it looks very short, in reality it comes and inch and a half above my ankle.