One of my main goals for this year was to learn how to knit socks proficiently. I attempted it last year, but my first sock was quite the flop. I needed to step away from it for a bit before trying again. Then, earlier this year, something clicked! Suddenly I was knitting socks left and right! Since then, I haven’t had a bit of trouble with sock knitting.

The next challenge was figuring out how to knit socks for my husband. It is one thing to knit socks for yourself, but knitting socks for somebody else is entirely different! I started by having my husband try on one of my socks. My sock was almost perfect! From the toe to the heel was just a smidge too loose, and the calf of his leg is much narrower than mine.

I knit him plain, stockinette stitch, toe up socks that I cast on with Judy’s Magic Cast On. I knit a simple wedge toe: increase four stitches every other row until the desired number of stitches is achieved. Knit and knit and knit until it is time for the heel. I used the Fish Lips Kiss heel which is a pattern designed by Patty Joy, also known as Sox Therapist on Ravelry.

My husband likes the leg of his socks to be much taller, almost knee highs. (He tucks them under his jeans and having them so high helps them to stay up and not droop about the ankles.) I was surprised at how simple fitting his socks ended up being! My recommendation? Try it on as you go! I had him try it on when I thought it was ready for the heel, and after I finished the heel. This enabled me to make any small changes without getting to the end and realizing that the sock isn’t anywhere close to fitting!

Because of his smaller calf, I knew I needed to decrease the stitch count after the heel. I knit a couple of rows, decreased four stitches, knit a few more rows, and decreased four more stitches. By so doing, it avoided a weird sudden change in the shape of the sock. After that, it was smooth sailing. Loads of knitting round and round until the cuff. I knit 15 rows of 1x1 twisted rib before casting off with Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off.

My socks were a much simpler endeavour. I cast on with Tillybuddy’s Stretchy Cast On, which is my top favorite cast on method at the moment. After knitting 20 rows of 1x1 twisted ribbing, I used the stitch pattern from Hermione’s Everyday Socks, a pattern designed by Erica Lueder. Again, I used the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. Once done with the heel, I continued the stitch pattern across the top of the foot while keeping the bottom in stockinette stitch. To finish off, I used the same wedge toe mentioned above, just reversed: decrease four stitches every other row until desired number of stitches remain. I bound off with a kitchener stitch. Simple, quick and easy!

My husband’s socks were knit out of a Schoppel Crazy Zauberball (unfortunately sold out now at Minerva, but take a look at their other beautiful Sock Yarns). I love the fade in his socks! It is super cool how the color changes so seamlessly. It made knitting such a basic sock rather enjoyable. I just wanted to keep knitting until the next color! The colors are also subdued enough that, even with the color changing, they are fairly classy socks which is exactly what I was going for.

My socks were also knit with Schoppel yarn, but from a plain Zauberball. The biggest differences between the yarns was the Crazy Zauberball was plyed, while the plain Zauberball was a single. Pink and green are probably my top favorite colors, and when you put them together it’s even better! I was very excited to have a pair of socks in my collection that were knit from such beautiful colors. One thing to note, while I was knitting the second sock, I had the yarn snap on me! It just broke apart. I’ve never had that happen before, and once I reattached the ends together everything was fine. So I’m not sure if I happened to be pulling too snugly, or if there was a small fault in the yarn. Either way, the socks still turned out wonderfully!

~Emily