Pattern Roundup: Anita

I loved knitting this pattern! Finishing every repeat felt like a little achievement and I just wanted to keep going on to the next repeat.The socks fit great and I love them a lot. – Skylar, Test Knitter Pattern Roundup: Anita – This third installment in the Night at the Movies Sock Club is inspired by West Side Story. I adore the choreography of The Gangs Fight in the Street from West Side Story (not so much the storyline as I’ve never been a huge Romeo & Juliet fan, plus there’s a lot of “yikes” undertones in this adaptation) and the musical READ MORE

Pattern Roundup: Dale

Very addictive pattern to knit. Easy to memorize, but interesting enough to not be bored. This pattern works well with tonal, variegated, or self-striping yarn. – Cindy, Test Knitter   Pattern Roundup: Dale – This sock pattern is the second pattern in our Night at the Movies sock club! The pattern inspiration for the second sock pattern in our Night at the movies sock club is drawn from the movie Top Hat – featuring the incredibly talented duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The lace panel that runs along the top outside of this sock pattern reminds me of Dale’s READ MORE

Pattern Roundup: Ren

Easy and lovely to knit. And pretty. May want to do this many more times.- Annu, Test Knitter Pattern Roundup: Ren – This sock pattern kicks off our Night at the Movies sock club! Ren is inspired by the movie Footloose. When I think of movies that make me start tapping my toes, Footloose is the first to come to mind. Kevin Bacon has ALL the moves! Things I learned from Footloose when I was a kid: Speak your mind. Challenge the system – they don’t always know what’s best. Stand up for what you believe in. Nothing fires me READ MORE

Rolled Cuff

Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up. Rolls occur when you work in stockinette. Stockinette has a natural tendency to draw in on itself, like how if you’ve ever knit a scarf that’s all stockinette, the edges all curl in. The same effect happens to the edge READ MORE

Pattern Roundup: Afternoon Tea

Super easy to follow, this is the second sock pattern of yours I have knit and they are easy to follow along with. I also like that you put in where the knitter can adapt to their preferences for parts like the heel/toe. – Nicole, Test Knitter Pattern Roundup: Afternoon Tea – The inspiration for this sock pattern evolves from a few different things. My favorite childhood book was Alice in Wonderland, I always loved how outrageous all the characters were.  I was particularly drawn to the hatter’s tea party, so when I came across Potion Yarns’ “Unbirthday Party” colorway, READ MORE

Picot Cuff

Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up. A Picot Cuff is an adorable addition to any sock. They’re created by working a few rounds of stockinette, followed by a row of (K2tog, yo) across the round, then a few more stockinette rounds. Once you’ve completed your sock, READ MORE

Short Row Heel

Notes Measurements – based on a gauge of 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1″/2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks. Directions – based on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches, having knit the leg or foot 0.5 [0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2]” / 1.3 [1.9, 2.5, 3.2, 3.8, 4.4, 5] cm less than your desired length. Directions for toe-up and cuff-down remain the same regardless of the sock construction (either toe-up or cuff-down). General Foot information READ MORE

Achieving Proper Fit: Socks

Understanding your foot Low Calf Circumference: The circumference of the leg measured 6″ / 15 cm up from the ground. Ankle Circumference: The circumference around the narrowest part of the ankle. Heel Diagonal: The diagonal’s circumference, measured from the top of the foot in front of the ankle to the very back of the heel, on the floor. Gusset Circumference: The circumference around the arch of the foot, just in front of the heel. Foot Circumference: The circumference around the ball of the foot. This is the widest part, just after the toes. Note: This is the measurement used for READ MORE

Sock Yarn

Setting your sock’s intention The first step to a great pair of socks is determining what the purpose of your socks are. Will you be wearing them hiking? Around the office? Bed socks? Depending on your intended use for the socks (aside from wearing them on your feet), it will have an impact on the weight of yarn you’re choosing to use. You’re not going to want to knit DK weight socks and try to squish them into your shoes to wear them to the office – you’ll have very squished toes as you lose a shoe size from the READ MORE