I have fallen in love with knitting socks. It took me all summer last year to knit my first pair, but after that I was hooked. I enjoy the process, playing with colorful yarns that maybe I wouldn’t want a full sweater of, and love how portable they are. As everyone is declaring their summer plans and listing camisoles and tanks, I would like to say knitting those things doesn’t really appeal to me. I think it’s because I can easily find fabric and sew up those things much faster than I could knitting. So while I have a few sweaters I might cast on in the coming months, I think my attention is mostly going to be on socks! I thought I would share the patterns I am considering making. You can always check out my Ravelry project page to see what I’m currently knitting!
Before I talk about my plans, I thought I would share three sock options perfect for beginners! First up is the I’m So Basic Socks from Summer Lee Design Co. This is a free pattern and the first pair of socks I ever knit! The instructions are in depth and there are videos on her youtube channel to walk you through each step. You’re going to see a lot of Summer’s designs in this list, her patterns are very well done!
The Crazy Sock Lady has a great Youtube channel and she has multiple tutorials walking you through different variations of vanilla socks step by step. These tutorials are free but you can also purchase the written patterns on Ravelry. This was my first really well fitting sock that I made!
Finally, Ready Set Sock! is a great book that walks you through multiple sock patterns starting with an easy vanilla sock. I’m enjoying working through this book and each pattern offers multiple variations with the cuffs, heel, and shows you how to customize your socks. Highly recommend! The Copeland socks (in both 4ply and DK) are the first, easier socks in the book.
Ok, on to my plans!
First, I really want to try these Trusty Toe Up Socks by Tanis Lavallee. I would like a vanilla sock pattern that is worked toe up and this one looks good. It is a free pattern and the designer looks to have multiple other patterns as well.
I want to make shorty socks this summer! Perfect for cooler weather and also quicker to knit up. I want to try two designs by Summer Lee Design Co, The Little Black Socks and The Weekend Shorty Socks. There are quite a few ways to mix and match these and the weekend shorty looks to be a great scrappy sock option as well.
Another pattern by Summer Lee, this time one I’ve made before and want to make again! The Totally Rad Ribbed Sock is a fun pattern to knit and I have some bright yarn I want to use to play around with those stripes. I made this earlier this year and made the foot a hair too short for me (it fits my daughter!) and would like to try again and make a pair for myself.
I’m going to try the next sock from Ready Set Socks and knit up the Glover 4ply and Glover DK. I like the texture on this pattern and think some of my variegated yarns will look beautiful as these socks.
Finally, one more pattern by Summer Lee that just came out. The Wide Rib Sock Set is adorable and looks very cozy. I could see myself making these for all three kids and maybe even as gifts in the future.
Before I can begin all of these, I want to finish my Shadow Box Socks by Helen Stewart. These are the first release from her Handmade Sock Society 5 that I recently joined. I’m hoping to use the month’s pattern with my monthly sock subscription as they come in.
That’s a lot of socks!! I don’t really think I can get all of them done, but I like having options. I’ll keep you updated which patterns I love and would also like to hear your favorite sock patterns or sock designers. There are so many on Ravelry! It’s hard to know where to start.
Happy Summer of Socks everyone!! And if you don’t already, be sure and play along with Summer Sock Camp and The Crazy Sock Lady. I didn’t know about this annual event but it sounds fun and I’ve enjoyed seeing people already posting their socks.