I’m going to do a post today about the process of making a pair of sock, and I’ll use pictures of my latest custom order for demonstration.
First, we start with…
The cuff: it’s used to hold the sock up on the wearer’s leg. Normally I use a ribbing pattern (shown above) but sometimes it changes. As long as it does its job. 😉
The leg: It’s whatever pattern you want the sock to be. In this case, the lady ordered just ribbing for her husband’s socks, and there is no difference between the cuff and leg.
(Here you can tell where the ribbing/cuff ends, and the Elephant pattern/leg begins. )
Heel: So now we do the heel gusset, heel flap, and picking up the stitches around it all. This is the hardest part in the socks, but it’s easier that it looks. =)
Foot and Toe: (Sorry I don’t have a picture of the sock before the toe was done) This is the last past of the sock, you work the Foot. While following the leg pattern on the top of the Foot, you do only stockinette (simple knit) for the bottom of the foot as walking on whatever the pattern is, might be uncomfortable. Last is the Toe Decrease which does not take long.
One sock, plus the cuff of second sock.
Working on the leg of the second sock.
Now on the heel turn, then the leg.
Now toe decrease on second sock… Almost there!
Weave in your ends, and, boom! You’re done!
Enjoy your warm, comfortable, hand knitted socks!