Socks for Mom

I just finished this pair of socks for my mother. I like the way they turned out using the Evil Genius method again. The yarn is a superwash Merino/nylon blend that softens up quite nicely when washed and blocked. Mom's toes have a mind of their own and didn't grow especially straight, with two on each foot crossing over another. She never has to cross her fingers for luck, her toes have done that for her. She also has a very large big toe bone (cuneiform bone for those of you who enjoy anatomy) also known and a bunion. So to accommodate that, I made the sock two sizes larger in that area, and because she likes her socks a bit lose, I just kept to that size. I have two plastic blocking templates for socks, so I chose the larger of the two to help the stretching effect stay. It will shrink back down a bit as it is washed and dried, but I think it will be comfortable to wear. She also likes her socks a bit lose in the leg, so the larger blocking form will help in that area as well.

This was my first attempt at fitting a sock to a foot as I knit it. I kept visiting her and having her try things on. I did a lot of ripping back, but thankfully, just in the toe area.





ronhuber's picture

Lovely socks and great that you could knit them to fit.


Ever since I started wearing my hand knit woolen, alpaca, llama socks instead of the machine acrylic blends, my feet have been best ever!
I have arthritis in both my big toes (they turn slightly in) and last few years have been a bitch before wearing the hand knit. Now I have not had any pain in my toes!
I loved them so much that I went on Raverly and got some patterns for workout socks that I use in the gym. And again I have not had any issues.
I am sure that these will be of great benefit to you mom!

CLABBERS's picture

What pattern do you use for workout socks? Do you still use wool to make them?



I got the pattern on raverly I will have to look it up. They have several free ones on that site. In reality a workout sock is simply a shorter cuff of a regular sock pattern. Only diffence is that you use a rib stitch between the toes and the ankle creating a tighter fit.
I simply take my favorite basic sock pattern and lower the cuff to 4 inches instead of 6/8. For the toes I use the same stitch i use on the heals (slip one knit one)stitch as for me I wear thru the toes on my workouts more. SO far the pair I have knitted hasn't had much wear in either heals or the toes. I also use a gore toe (kinda of a twisted effect) i didn't like the normal toes socks have. It looks funny but my big toe sticks out quite a bit and this compensates for wearing the toes out too quickly.
Yes I do use wool. I did one wool cotton blend which was disaster it didn't keep the shape and basically wore out quickly. I find the cheap wool nylons you get at Michaels and JoAnn's work great. They keep there shape and I have been using the same workout sock now for about a year with no issues.
Another good thing is you can get your color you want. No more basic whites. grays or blacks. Now I have yellows, orange and reds. Makes he heads turn in the locker room but does help to provide me with purpose to work out(heck see my pretty socks LOL)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great job, Mark. Hand knit socks are wonderfully comfortable when they fit like the wearer wishes. No matter which direction you knit them, they can make a world of difference in comfort [as a previous comment points out]. I'm overjoyed that your mom likes them and hope she enjoys them for a long time.

A word of warning, though: She may expect you to knit more on a regular basis...I had that happen with a sister of mine and a slipper pattern she found extremely comfortable. I finally taught her how to knit her own.

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michaelpthompson's picture

Got that right Joe. I made a hat for somebody in our family one year for Christmas. My dad was admiring it and wanting me to make him one as well. I was just about to agree, when Mom chimed in and said, "You could do that yourself!" It was a fairly simple loom knit hat, so dad took the challenge. Now he makes socks and all sorts of stuff I have never tried on a loom. He has made scarfs and so much more. Sometimes the challenge is the thing.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Joe.
My mother is a curious sort. I have made two things for her, a bolero and a pair of socks. She very rarely wears the bolero, but she loves to take it out of her dresser and show it to her girlfriends. She used to knit booties for babies decades ago, probably when she was in her 20s. She's 88 now. But she still remembers how much work goes into knitting. I don't think she will ever ask for any, but will always accept. She's a good mom that way.

Thunderhorse54's picture

Great work as always Mark!!!! I love that yarn. Might I ask the brand, and did you get it on-line? I really admire your expertise. I don't think I'd be as successful at the alterations to the pattern as you are. Terry

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Terry,
Thanks for your kind words. I am hardly an expert, more trial an error than skill. I think the next pair I make for her, I will investigate short rows and see if I can make sort of a pocket for the bunions. The yarn was part of the Knit Picks collection of Hand-Painted Finger Weight 75% superwash merino wool and 25% nylon. It's nice to work with, not too flimsy, and once washed it becomes very soft and comfortable. I especially like that it can be tossed into the washer and dryer (low) when cleaning.


cacunn's picture

Great socks. As stated above I thing hand knit socks are one of the best knitting projects.

aussieknitter's picture

I do have to say I'm in awe of you guys that knit socks and do a great job of them.

I've tried them once and while it was an enjoyable experience I think my choice of pattern was not the best. I really do want to try again. I used a set of 4 DPN and while it took me a while master those pointy devils I found it quite a therapeutic process!

Friends are trying to convice me to use two circular needles but I'm not so sure about that! LOL

Bill's picture

Mark, look for the basic top down sock pattern by Ann Norling. Very well written, easy to understand...written for any gauge of yarn. Most yarn shops carry it.

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Mark,
I actually learned on DPNs and was delighted to abandon them for the less fiddly circulars. I would much rather learn to handle the sometimes annoying cable that connects the needles than to stab my palms repeatedly with DPN, especially 2.25mm. Those suckers feel rather sharp after awhile. Bill suggests top down and that's what I did first, but I have since learned the toe up method and prefer it, especially casting on. I use Judy's Magic Cast On and enjoy how the toe turns out. Give Yarmando's Evil Sock Genius a try. I really like it because it is more accurate than others I have tried.

If you do decide to do toe up, make sure you do a really stretchy BO, otherwise you will never get the sock on and that's a hell of a predicament that shows up in your very last row.


chicquette's picture

As always, your work is beautiful, Mark. I hope your mom appreciated the time and energy you put into the knitting.


CLABBERS's picture

Hi Lou,
Thanks for your kind words. Mom will probably put them in a drawer with the sweater I made her and bring them out to show her girlfriends, but never wear them. I still enjoyed making them.