Crochet socks – a sort of challenge!

Finished socksLast June when I posted about my latest knitted socks an interchange with Sharon of Creativity and Family about her desire to knit some socks and the fact that I had never crochetted any led to her saying “If you crochet some I’ll give knitting socks a go !! 😉 ”

We were relaxed about time scale and I fitted in crochetting a pair over the summer and Sharon knitted some in the Autumn.

Sharon wrote a blog about her socks here – https://creativityandfamily.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/yes-yes-yes-ive-done-it/ – Aren’t they lovely!

This is how I made mine.

I had a few balls of sock wool, some bought and some given to me that had been taken to a charity shop. I decided to chose this ball. Sock woolNo label but I think it might be Regia sock yarn.

I looked at patterns for crochet socks but in the end, in my normal impatient and self-opinionated way, I decided to work up my own, based on my normal toe-up method of making socks. (I kept notes so I can make the same again if I want to!) .

However I did learn a lot from here – http://quiltfixer.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/step-by-step-crocheted-socks-crochet.html (I didn’t agree with the way she increased for the toe but I did copy the heel method fairly closely.)

I decided to do the toes and heel of the sock in simple dcs (US – scs) and started at the centre of the toe and I used a piece of red wool to keep track of where to make the increases. Sock toe increases I decided that making the whole sock in dcs would be just too boring! so I decided to use trebles (US – dcs) and after a bit of experimenting decided to use this for the main body of the sock. Sock patternI used plain trebles on the underside of the sock to keep the rows level and the bottom of the sock smoother.

For the heel I decreased until the width wanted, then increased joining in at the end of the row. This was the trickiest bit.Sock heel And then for the final row I decided to make more of a scalloped edge by using three treble instead of two.Top of sockSo here they are worn by me! Socks seen from aboveand Wearing socks

What do I think of Crochet socks compared to knitted?

  • Making them with the trebles meant they worked up more quickly maybe even twice as fast.
  • They are definitely thicker than knitted ones, that is really no surprise, so tighter in the shoes.
  • The basic fabric is stiffer than knitted ones so they are slightly less comfortable but are less likely to slip down or wrinkle. (Again, no surprise really.)
  • I really like the way they look and creating a patterned sock is much easier than knitting.

So will I make any more?

The jury is out on this one, as they say. Maybe one day, but the next pair of socks I make will be knitted.

I did start a pair in some wool I had that I had found impossible to knit with because it was such a dark colour and fluffy. Other sockI got this far, didn’t like the plain dcs (the difference between the blue and purple seems to show much less in real life (or my eyes)). I then tried a slight texture on the top but it didn’t gel with plains dcs on the bottom and so I have given up for now.

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11 thoughts on “Crochet socks – a sort of challenge!

  1. I love your socks! Do you have any good tips on how to make the toes properly? Most of the patterns I’ve seen start with either a magic ring or a chain circle. I’m sure I can’t be the only one that thinks they look hideous when worn as they don’t even remotely fit the toe shape of an actual foot.

    Great blog too, found you through your comment on this post: http://acrochetjourney.com/2016/02/13/how-my-most-liked-pattern-made-me-want-to-quit-designing/#like-1523

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    1. Well the way I made the toes to imitate the shape of the toes of my knitted socks was like this. I decided how long I wanted the end of the toe to be (in my case 12dcs (This is UK terms)). I then did the normal 1ch turned and worked one dc into each of the back loops of the chain then turned again and worked dcs into each of the remaining loops. I then had 24 dcs. I decided from then on to work in a spiral as it was easier than working in rounds and in fact I used a counter to keep track of where I was.
      I started an increase by working 2dcs into the first stitch and marked the first of these with a piece of yarn. then 1dc into the next 11 (so I was now half way) then increased in the the next stich in the same way marking the first of the two stitches as before.
      Now the next bit is to stop the increase meandering round the sock.
      I then worked round again. I increased in the marked stitches but this time I marked the second of the two increase stitches.
      I continued round and round increasing twice every round but alternating between the first or the second of the previous row’s increase stitches in order to keep an even line up the side of the sock.
      I had previously worked out how many stitches I needed for the main part of the sock to go round my foot and stopped when I had that many stitches.
      I worked the main part of the sock in rounds not a spiral as I was using trs.

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      1. Thank you so much! I have been wanting to make myself some cosy socks for ages but just couldn’t find the right shape. With your help I can now give it a try. Thanks again for the advice 😀

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