I am a sock knitter. I don’t know why, but I really enjoy making socks, especially lace socks. Maybe it is because I have cold feet. Who really knows.
As you can see above, the socks that I am currently knitting are pretty darned sunny. I have finished the cuffs and legs, and have started on the heals. This is Stroll Tonal Sock Yarn (I think in the Poppy Fields colorway) from Knit Picks. I love bright colors. So, in addition to keeping my tootsies warm, these socks should lighten my mood in the dreary months of winter.
I used to knit all of my socks on DPNs, but I wanted to learn to do them on one or two double pointed needles so that I wouldn’t have second sock syndrome anymore. To learn to knit two socks at a time, I first tried to teach myself using Melissa Morgan-Oakes’s book 2-at-a-Time Socks: Revealed Inside. . . The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern! That didn’t work out so well.
Then I tried looking on YouTube. That turned out much better. I found Very Pink Knits video 2 Socks at-a-time on 2 Circulars, Parts 1-7, which is fantastic. You can watch the video for free, as much as you want. But, you can purchase the sock pattern that goes with the video for only $8. The best feature of the video is that you can re-wind it and watch any portion as often as you need to figure out how to do it. After watching portions of the video repeatedly and frogging my knitting five times, I was able to knit a lovely pair of bed socks for my daughter.
After the bed socks, I switched to a size 2.25mm circular needle and began my sunny socks using the Classic Sock pattern in Morgan-Oakes’s book. I chose this pattern for two reasons. First, because it is simple, I shouldn’t have too many problems with my first pair of 2 at a time socks on tiny needles. Second, since this colorway is so bright, I thought that it would look best with a solid, plain sock, instead of lace.
I have noticed that some colorways, such as complex colorways, just don’t work well for lace socks. For lace socks, I prefer single color yarn or subtle colorways, so that the yarn does not distract from the lace pattern.