Sunday, 18 October 2009

Mystery Socktoberfest Knit-along Challenge

I love to knit socks.
There's nothing quite as comfy and warm and foot-welcoming as a pair of hand knitted socks.
I've knitted quite a few pairs but always used a very plain easy pattern, free on the Patons web site here.

But then I found Through The Loops Designs and a mystery sock pattern that's being published with a new part every Thursday through October.
The first instructions were for the cuff, the next week the instructions were for the ankle part, and the most recent instructions were for turning the heel.

This pattern is far more complicated than anything I have ever attempted before, and I'm definitely not particularly talented with knitting needles, but I'm pretty proud of my progress so far.

There are knitters all over the world making the same sock pattern... neat idea, eh? I can hardly wait for Thursday to come round so I can get knitting again!

20 comments:

Vagabonde said...

This looks quite intricate to me, you are talented. I remember starting an Irish Sweater for my husband years ago, it was intricate, so much so that after I stopped for a couple of weeks I could never remember how to get back to it. Now I only knit baby blankets – for my grand children and my daughter’s friends – easy patterns.

photowannabe said...

Fascinating and I'm so impressed. I never was any good at knitting. My Mother in Law tried to teach me but I got the yarn so tight I could never get it off the needles. I ended up with such a mental block that I haven't tried it for many, many years.
Your socks are going to be fabulous.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

That is a BEAUTIFUL Pattern and it looks Fabtastic to me...You are a WONDERFUL Knitter, my dear!

Suldog said...

I believe I owe you a very big "Thank You" for your two-cents worth!

(If I do, you know what I mean. If not, I've probably confused you, and I apologize.)

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! Just beautiful socks! You are very talented indeed!

PS: I don't know well knitting...

Hilary said...

It does indeed sound like a great idea. You're doing a fine job of it too.

rosemary said...

I cannot knit, crochet, sew, paint, draw....in short i have no talent.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

These are beautiful socks so far. I guess you'll be saving them for special occasions!

Peter said...

Socktoberfest...:-) , accompanied by some beers? (Perhaps not.)

Changes in the wind said...

This sounds so much fun but think the pattern is too advanced for me...beautiful job.

Craver Vii said...

That takes a special kind of patience. I'm impressed!

~Sheila~ said...

Well done you. Whenever I tried to knit on 4 needles I always went astray...!
These will be very cosy.

Dumdad said...

I was going to write they have socks appeal but I think I've written that line before!

Charles Bjørnsen Ravndal said...

That's really intricate and full of details. I don't know how to knit but I am always fascinated when I see my grandma knit. I think I'll try to knit one of these days!

Wendy said...

Wow - that's some pattern! Or sock, I mean! It is beautiful! Much too complicated for me.

I'm knitting leg warmers for my granddaughter. Looked up a pattern on the net. I've never knitted with 4 needles before, so this was a new experience for me. There is so much to learn! I needed the tutorials that are offered on the net if you google the knitting term (even casting on - I'd forgotten how to do it!).

Looking forward to seeing your completed socks! Have fun!

TorAa said...

What a beautiful design and the wool seems to be very comfortable.
The photo is excellent.

Sorry I have not visited your blog for too long....

But I still follow yours, be sure of that.

Bogey said...

Regardless of the talent you think you "don't have", you are light years ahead of where I would be. A pair of wool-knit socks would be quite ideal right about now, not to mention a comfy cosy sweater.

Suldog said...

I gave you an award over at my place. As usual, you will feel insulted. I did make sure to actually say that you're a nice person, though :-)

http://jimsuldog.blogspot.com/2009/10/canuck-gives-me-award-eh.html

Ginnie said...

I have a friend in Germany who knits socks, Sham, so I KNOW how difficult they are, especially turning the heel. I tip my hat to anyone who has the guts and wherewithal to tackle knitting socks! CONGRATULATIONS.

lettuce said...

that is very cool and makes me want to knit socks!

I bought some great vintage knitting patterns in the summer, including some socks... - I'll try to post pics of them on my craft blog some time.