I’ve been meaning to knit a pair of sock ever since I bought both of Melissa Morgan-Oakes 2-at-a-time sock books. I wanted to make a pair of house socks but didn’t want to have to buy new yarn or needles. So after knitting the sample socks from both the books I decided that I would just wing it and knit these up on 4mm needles using some 8ply yarn I had in my stash.
I cast on some stitches to about the toe width I thought would work and just kept trying these socks on as I was knitting them; writing down the pattern as I stitched.
According to Ravelry I cast these on in ahem November last year, but I must have been inspired by Erin’s February Goal to knit socks, because not long after I read her post I dug this WIP out of the cupboard and tried to get them finished during our cold weather.
I finished these just in time as one my Brown Pippy Slippers got a hole not long after I finished these socks.
The Improv Socks are Ravelled here. I wrote out my pattern so I don’t forget it and I’ll have something to reference if I try to knit these again.
Improvised the pattern, using the Sample Socks from Toe-up 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes as a guide.
- Cast on more stitches for the toe
- Knit more rows for each section of the socks
- Made the sock legs very short
- 8ply ‘soft’ acrylic yarn I had in my stash
- 4mm 150cm cable needle from my stash
As I was knitting I tried these on to see how the toe fit. Then to see how many rows of knitting I needed for the foot. I stopped knitting the foot with the sock was where the top of my foot joined my leg (that makes sense right?).
I knit the gusset, turned the heel and then tried them on again to see how much ribbing I wanted for the leg.
Changes I made this time
Changes I made compared to the Sample Socks
- Cast on more stitches at the toe
- Increased the toe for more rows
- Knit the foot for longer
- Followed the instructions for the gusset and heel
- Didn’t knit many rows of knitting for the legs
What I Like
- Colour and composition of the yarn
- I like the height of these socks.
What I don’t like
- They are a bit loose, I think because of the needle size.
- The opening is tight because I didn’t bind off loosely enough or use a proper stretchy bind off
- Go down a needle size to get a tighter fabric
- Or knit with 2 8ply yarns held together
- Use a much stretchier bind off
|Pattern||Improvised pattern based on a book||$0.00|
|Materials||About half a ball of 8ply ‘soft’ acrylic yarn – stash||$0.00|
|Notions||4mm 150cm cable needle – stash||$0.00|
|Time||I’d generously estimate 20 hours20 hours (* $17-ish Australian minimum wage)||$340.00|
So that is a lot for a pair of socks. But I was never going to find these in a shop and I really find knitting a combination of relaxing and challenging. I also just wanted to use this yarn up.
I’m already thinking about casting on my next foot accessory 🙂
Do you knit or crochet?
Have you made socks or slippers before – knit or sewn?
Do you have any tips for making your own socks or slippers