When I was younger, whenever I got dressed for school, no matter what I was wearing, I’d always put on my frilly white socks adorned with lace and ruffles, kind of like these frilly beaded socks, but for everyday. Although I was pretty shy, I let my personality shine through with those socks.
As I grew up, I switched from those white lace socks to more modest ankle socks. But the other day, I was cleaning my room and found an old pair of those socks–along with the pink ones. It got me thinking about learning how to knit my own pair, and I hope to get around to it someday. I want to create something like these yoga socks, which will be quite useful for yoga and Pilates classes, but I also like the design of these anything-but-basic cable knit socks Since I’m a beginner, I’ll just stick with the simple stuff for now.
But for those of you who are familiar with knitting and crocheting socks and other wearable crafts, there are a plethora of knitting and crocheting sock ideas, especially from one of our favorite books, Martingale & Company–Crocheted Socks! Authors Jane Rehfeldt and Mary Jane Wood offer great tips for every type of knitter, from beginner to advanced. The book combines many types of knitted and crochet socks, including basic (and not-so-basic) cable socks, as well as patterns for ribbed and lace. Though the yarn suggested may be a bit difficult to find, you can find an easy substitute at your local craft store. Give your sock drawer a blast of color with any of the new designs featured in these books!
Not into crochet? Try another one of our favorites, Martingale & Company–Knitting Circles around Socks by Antje Gillingham. This book allows you to knit two socks at the same time on two circular needles, and you can slip them onto your feet as soon as you are done. The instructions are very easy to follow, especially for those who are unfamiliar with knitting jargon. The book features a “Basic Sock Pattern,” toward the beginning of the book, to show exactly how to make a pair of plain socks on two different-sized needles, as well as plenty of individual photographs and diagrams to help the reader learn the basics of knitting socks. In addition to the basics, there are also eight other unique designs, including knit socks with beads, socks with stripes, and, of course, knit socks with ankle ruffles.
If you’re up for more of an adventure, you can try the sequel to Knitting Circles around Socks with Martingale & Company–Knitting More Circles around Socks. The book is divided into two sections: cuff-down socks and toe-up socks. Each section starts with a pattern for a basic knit sock, knit on two circular needles. With 12 new patterns, the book also includes patterns for men’s socks as well as a handy sizing guide for children’s socks.
So, if you’re ready to step up to the plate and try new crochet and knitting patterns, with your own copies of these books, you can order them on CutRateCrafts. Trust me, you’ll be hooked!