Always loving a crafty challenge and wanting to learn, try new techniques and just plain make something different (plus I’m always running out of them) I decided I wanted to have a go at making some socks, the idea of handmade bedtime socks sounds absolutely amazing. I had not long learnt the ‘Judy’s magic cast on‘ (and was determined to find a toe-up pattern, but just could not find a pattern I looked no matter how hard I looked.
So I decided to why not try to make one myself, plus the socks should hopefully be a perfect size, nothing worse than socks too small or too big! I spent about a week researching how socks work (it should be as simple as put them on your feet but…..) and how to work out all the little measurements to make all the little bits, also measuring and remeasuring my feet, yanno just to make sure I got it right.
Luckily I’ve always enjoyed a little bit of maths so I didn’t have much of a problem working out all of the important details, like how many stitches to cast on, how many stitches I needed in total, and how many rows I needed to knit until I got to the heel. I did have a few trial and errors before I got into the swing of knitting these socks.
For My bedtime socks it I used hayfield chunky tweed with wool, so it knitted up pretty quickly and would be slightly warmer than normal. I only needed 4 stitches on each needle although I had to recast them about 20 times because I can quite remember which side the tail is on to start and I always think I’m swapping which way round it goes when I’m not. I increase every other row until I have about 12 stitches on each needle which leaves the sock just the perfect tightness around my foot so it won’t fall down.
Socks that are too tight won’t stay on your foot and socks that just glide on perfectly and has plenty of room to stretch will just keep falling down.
There are lots of different ways to make a heel but I can only think of the name for 2 different techniques, short row heel and an afterthought heel. I very much prefer the short row heel, although that’s the only one I tried. Working out where the heel went wasn’t too difficult as I just guessed where it went, just a pure guess, lots of trying it on and lots of thinking maybe a couple more rows. Working out how to pick up the stitches again so there weren’t any little holes were so difficult, pick up this stitch, make a random stitch and knit them together, then picking up the right stitches to join the rest of the sock without making a hole.
Once the heel was done and all the holes were as small as possible the leg bit of the sock was the easiest part of the sock, just knitting the same amount of rows as the foot of the sock. Super easy. Deciding on the rib at the top was probably just as easy. I just pluck 3 different numbers out the air and called it a day. 2×2 rib for 5 Rows, to be fair to me seem like most patterns use to it may have been somewhere in my mind when I ‘came’ up with it.
It looks weirdly skinny and long just because they should really have just a few more stitches in each row.
Deciding to make these bedtime sock was probably one of the best ideas I’ve had. They were super comfy and warm absolutely perfect during the beast from the east, that was unexpected. I will definitely have to make some for my mum and sister soon.