Socktober: The Art of Knitting Socks

Say it Rah-shay, yaRRns By Oct 11, 2017 16 Comments

There are three things I feel that I need to accomplish before I am a real knitter:

  1. Being able to correct my mistakes
  2. Casting on and completing a sweater
  3. Making socks

So far I have only accomplished a bit of number one. I can “read” my work and see where I make mistakes and I am getting comfortable fixing dropped stitches.

As for the sweater, a while back I got yarn and started a sweater using a pattern that a friend gifted me. When I tried to add the next skein of yarn, my knit row became a purl row and I was so frustrated with the mistake that I frogged the whole thing and made, what else…a hat.

But socks…I *thought* I knew what I was doing as I made several pair of thick slipper socks using a pattern from Brome Fields but those socks are limited to household use only and I wanted some cute footwear that I could wear in public.

Socktober: The Art of Knitting Socks

On a jaunt to my local yarn shop, Finely the Knitting Corner, the owner Kathy shared her fall calendar, which had a sock making class. I was feeling froggy so I leaped and signed up for the class. It was an early Rachtober gift, but I was feeling so guilty! How dare I take a class to learn how to make socks? I had all of those books in my personal library, access to books from the public library, patterns that friends have shared and YouTube! I got over the guilt and made arrangements to be able to attend my class.

I am learning so much more about knitting than the art of making socks! Kathy is an excellent teacher, patiently walking us through the instructions so that we can get our socks created. The goal of the class is to make socks but we are learning so many techniques. Short rows, magic loop, taking your time to enjoy the process.

For this class we are doing one sock at a time, top down. I have made a cuff, heel flap and turned the heel. Heel turns are where I would normally stop and doubt that I was “doing it right” and my poor sock would lie abandoned. I have not given up on my socks because Kathy’s gentle guidance has allowed me to stop hearing all the ways that I knit “wrong” and just knit.


Socktober: The Art of Knitting Socks

I am so excited about this new skill…like “Oprah giving away her favorite things” excited. I won’t self sabotage and offer socks for Christmas/holiday presents but 2018 will be the year I sock it to them…my people are totally getting socks throughout the year because I have a bunch of sock yarn and the skill to use it!



There are three more classes to go. It has been fun chatting with the other students, talking about WIPs and yarn. Knitting and crocheting can be such an isolating activity but this class allows me to socialize and learn and get some work done. I have also decided that it is perfectly OK for me to be taking this class because everyone should:

Socktober: The Art of Knitting Socks


Follow me on Instagram for progress on my socks! I’m on there are as “@sayitrahshay

Sock it to me…have you ever knit socks or had some made for you?



I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. robin rue says:

    I want some knit socks!!! My feet are ALWAYS cold and I would love to learn how to knit just so I could make a million pairs of socks.

  2. My aunt crochets me headbands every winter, and now I’m thinking I need a few pairs of socks. YOU GET SOCKS, YOU GET SOCKS! I love it!!!

  3. That is so awesome! I think that would be a super fun class! And, hello people LOVE socks as presents! Especially ones made with love. Brilliant life skill to have.

  4. Barbara says:

    I love soft knitted socks. My grandma used to knit. My feet were always warm. Great post!

  5. Carolyn says:

    What a fun new skill. Don’t feel guilty learning something new, you are exercising your brain and creativity which is good for your overall health.

  6. Amber Nelson says:

    I would love to learn how to make my own socks. They would make awesome gifts!

  7. Knitting is such a tough skill to learn your socks looked very comfy and cozy. Hopefully you will become able to knit a sweater soon.

  8. I’ve never tried knitting socks before! It’s pretty cool once you get the hang of it. Knitting is really relaxing so go and have fun making those socks!

  9. charlenemarie11 says:

    It looks like you’re making awesome progress! Home knitted socks are the best. Glad you’re enjoying the class!

  10. Rachel says:

    Socks is something on my list. I have made baby socks but I don’t really have patience for some reason to do the adult socks. I always want to but haven’t done it.

  11. I wish I could knit. My mom tried to teach me once but since I’m left handed and she was a righty I could quite grasp the concept.

  12. I would love to know how to knit but it’s a craft I haven’t given a genuine effort to. Great job!

  13. Jeanine says:

    Oh knitted socks. They are the absolute best. When I was a kid my grandma used to make them for me and I just loved them. I need to learn how!

  14. Jenny says:

    I’m so jealous of people who can knit. I always wanted to get into knitting but never found the time. I hear it’s a great hobby and fits off a lot of age related illnesses.

    1. Rachee says:

      I was so jealous of my sister knowing how to knit but there was some block that I just could not get past. Now that I have allowed myself to just be and go with knitting, it’s been so lovely! I hope it helps with age related illnesses! Having recently turned 44 I am always worried about being “old!”

  15. TColeman says:

    I have never been really good at making things like this but I need to try again! These are some great socks.

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