Once again, my 2018 goal was to learn to knit socks and I refused to give up my desire of learning to knit socks. My Mama always told me where there's a will, there's a way (in other words if you want something bad enough, then find a way to make it happen-don't give up trying). Meanwhile I began to do research on sock knitting, reading books, patterns for heel techniques (since that seemed to be the part that stumped me in the process), exploring Toes-Up vs. Cuff Down, Magic Loop vs. Double Pointed Needles and watching You Tube videos on sock making. Eventually I felt encouraged to TRY it again.
Perhaps you are looking into learning to knit socks too, if so these are some of the things I've learned about sock knitting.
- You Tube is your friend. Videos are plentiful.
- Ravelry.com is your friend. Lots of free patterns available, plus tons of inspiration.
- Big box store yarns are good for learning. Later invest in good quality yarn by supporting your local yarn store.
- Expect to make mistakes, it's okay. Learn from your mistakes.
- NEVER EVER GIVE UP! The first pair of socks that come off your needles will be worth the effort it took and the second pair will go quicker and easier.
- A word of caution: sock knitting can become an addiction.
I've learned to knit socks! Are they perfect every time? No, but each pair is wonderful in it's own way and I learn something with every pair. Each time a sock comes off my needles, I immediately cast on the second sock and when I complete a pair of socks I'm totally delighted and cast on for a new pair. There is always a sock on my needles no matter what else I happen to be knitting.
It pays to never, ever give up on learning something new. Thanks Mama!