DIY Socks: The Dos and Don’ts to Save you Time

I had this ingenious idea to buy a bulk of yarn and make berets using a Loom knitter. Fast forward to 3 years later and I have barely made a dent in my stash. I plan to change that this year. Although my stash looks pretty in its little cubby hole, I would love to have some more storage to get my fabric out of my Joann bag on the floor that has been there for months. I figured now would be the perfect time to start making these since we don’t have a long winter here in Arizona. I would like to get some wear out of them.

I’m going to be completely honest with you. I have only loom knitted 2 things

before this, so this process took me some time. I decided before I would make a beret I would try my hand at making some socks and it took about 3 hours to make one.

Yikes! I know you don’t have that amount of time to sit there and that is where I come in. I take the guesswork out of how long you need to complete a project. I found a tutorial on YouTube by Gina Lay that had a lot of good reviews, so I decided to go for it.

 

Here’s what I used:

24 Peg Loom
Isaac Mizrahi’s Premier Yarn
A needle (came with the loom kit)

Now let’s jump right into the DO’s and Don’ts

DO

Make sure your yarn is thick enough. If you like the yarn I used and want to use it for yourself just make sure to double up on the number of looms that you are given.

Watch the tutorial in its entirety.  I made the mistake of watching as I went and found myself getting tripped up if I didn’t understand what she was doing. By watching the whole video you will be able to see what type of loops she is doing and quickly pick up the terminology. This way you aren’t stuck on a word when she tells you to do something.

Write down the number of rows.  By writing down the rows you set yourself up for success because you can focus on the knitting and not have to go back to find out how many rows she said to do.

Pay attention to the direction she knits. Sometimes she would switch directions on me and I had to take a step back to figure out what it was that she did.

DON’TS

Knit the thread too tight. Gina didn’t mention this in the video and before I even got the cuff done I had to redo the whole thing because I couldn’t get the yarn over the PEG.

Look away from the screen too long. The video has places where there isn’t any audio. Drove me crazy and I had to watch very carefully to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Forget to count the length of the e-loops. If you don’t count those you could end up with one sock being longer than the other.

Get discouraged. If this is your first time making socks, don’t expect perfection and definitely don’t give up. You’ll get better with practice and experience as you learn the terms used.

With the DOs and DON’TS I learned I was able to complete the second sock in 2 hours & 15 minutes.

Knitting is not something that can be done quickly when it comes to adults, but at least you know how long it would take to give this a try.

If you give this a go, I would love to see your results, feel free to email me HERE.

Until next time…

Xoxo Lips

 

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