The Busy Bean

Craft Book Month – Socks from the Toe Up

When Lindsay asked me to take part in a blog hop for Craft Book month over at Craft Buds I immediately pulled a stack of books I’ve got projects marked in. It was a decent stack.

And these are only the ones I had hanging out in my bedroom, it doesn’t count the stack in my studio that are all marked.

Since I had knitting on my mind, I decided to focus on a couple of knitting books that got me out of my “I can knit a mean scarf and nothing else” phase.

This summer I decided to try knitting socks, after seeing so many great knit socks popping up on Instagram. I picked up Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oaks at my local bookstore. Her directions are amazing. I’d read the directions for the magic loop cast-on a few times online and it never really clicked, until I read her well-explained steps.

What I loved about this book is she really teaches you the anatomy of socks. She walks through each part as you make small child-size socks in two colors so you can tell which sock you’re working on at any given time. And has a place you can donate these socks for children in need.

She teaches you how to measure your own foot and adjust patterns to ensure you get a perfect fit. Then she moves on to several patterns for different socks.

That’s as far as I got with that book… I haven’t actually knit any of the patterns in it yet. I had also picked up the Kindle version of Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson. I liked the look of a lot of these patterns.

I’m glad I had made the practice socks 2-at-a-time so I could apply that technique to the patterns in Wendy Johnson’s book. While I love her patterns and different options for heels, I didn’t find her basic instructions as thorough as Melissa’s. Also, I really like finishing both socks at the same time.

I started with the Gusset Heel Basic Socks because my yarn was so busy I didn’t want the pattern to get lost.

Next up – Diamond Lace Socks.

Now I’ve got the toes on the needles for Hearts and Flowers.

I see a lot of hand-knit socks in my future. They’re nice and portable, and it’s so true that once you wear hand-knit socks others are just not the same. Plus, one skein of yarn gives you a finished garment. Not like the four I just ordered for a sweater

Are you on Ravelry? I’m just figuring out all the great tools they have, but the patterns are plentiful and it’s easy to navigate. Plus, you can see what all of your friends are working on. If you are signed up, find me here – I’d love to add you to my friends and see what you’re up to!

Oh, and I can’t wait to start knitting with this yarn I ordered today from Cakewalk Yarns on Etsy!

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15 Thoughts on “Craft Book Month – Socks from the Toe Up

  1. your socks are fab! I really admire people who knit socks, I don’t have the patience!

  2. I love socks from the toe up! I need to get knitting some more before the fall really arrives so I can have more than 3 nice pair this winter.

  3. Very beautiful! Love the pink pair!

  4. I’s so glad to hear that the instructions for 2 at a time are clear! I have Wendy’s book and find it confusing. So, maybe I’ll look for 2 at a time and give it another go!

  5. HELLO! LOVE THE PRETTY PINK PAIR!
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR NOTES!

  6. Lori Smanski on September 5, 2012 at 9:20 am said:

    I love those pink socks. I would wear them all the time in the winter.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  8. You are a crafty superwoman! I didn’t know you knit… that is impressive!

  9. I love your socks! My grandmother taught me to knit mittens and socks when I was about 6 or 7 but have not tried socks in many years. I might have to give it a go!

  10. I love to knit too so I can appreciate a nicely written knitting pattern. Thanks for sharing this book!

  11. The socks are lovely. I haven’t tried the toe up approach yet, I am still finishing my first pair of socks starting at the top! :) Thanks for sharing the book, so interesting to see all these books.

  12. Your socks look great!! I’m still plugging away on a pair of diamond gansey socks, but my interest has moved to sweater knitting right now. Oh well, they’ll get finished someday. Haha! :)

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  14. Cheryl Gunderson on September 7, 2012 at 11:02 am said:

    I don’t knit, but this makes me wish I knew how. Love the hearts and flowers socks!

  15. You never fail to amaze me. I was going to go with the totally predictable pun … but I refrained.

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