I Can't Knit Socks

Fairly new to knitting, the ever popular knitted sock continues to frustrate and confuse me.

Monday, August 18, 2008

I am participating in my first sock swap, which is a huge deal for someone who can't knit socks. Its Harry Potter themed and I just couldn't resist. I figure I will just have to bite the bullet, buckle down and learn to knit socks. I plan on knitting my little fingers off until I get it right and produce a pair of socks that my pal will be proud to wear.
I started shopping for yarn as soon as I got my pal, Gabrielle Lovegoods, and found out that she was a Ravenclaw and wanted socks that were HP themed and not in house colors. I chose some Lorna's Laces in the color way Starry Night. The colors are based on Monet's painting, Starry Night, but I felt like the colors and the name worked well with the HP theme. The yarn is beautiful and the colors remind me of something Dumbledore would wear. I hope Gabrielle likes them.
This is where I am as of tonight. This is after multiple attempts and casting on over and over again. Different problems snag me up each time and the stitches and needles are so small, that I have a hugely difficult time ripping back to the mistake and then moving on. I end up ripping it all out and starting over. Any suggestions?
Here is the detail work :) I am proud of myself for trying something other than basic stockinette. I know it probably doesn't look like a big deal to most, but to me its a lot. I love how it is turning out. The pattern is Dublin Bay Socks, which is a free patern that I found on Ravelry. I think it kind of looks like stars . . . maybe I'm reaching a little on that one.

Wish me luck with this project. I will try to keep you posted.


Catherine said...

That is some beautiful sock yarn! Your pal is lucky! I'm not sure I can give you too much advice on knitting your socks. When I first tackled dpns, it was a wristwarmer and I just wasn't good enough of a knitter to "read" my stitches. Thankfully I had a friend to help fix my mistakes! I guess all it just takes practice so by the time you get to the 2nd sock, you'll be an expert!

Pren said...

hi! those are looking really nice. this is going to be my first pair of socks too! good luck with them im sure they will turn out great!
fellow gryffindor
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