The Sock Encyclopedia: Your Guide to Blind Warps, Yarn Dyeing, and More
A sock of the month club is a great idea if you’re looking to try out new, unique, and high-quality socks every month. You can purchase your subscription as either an individual or as part of a group and you’ll always receive amazing products that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! Plus, each month will have different variations of the same socks so you can get even more wear out of your collection! Find out how easy it is to create your own sock of the month club with this handy encyclopedia on all things socks below!
A is for Atelier (Cards)
Atelier (Cards) is an online sock subscription service where you can choose from the latest designs in dress socks for men. For just $10 per month, you can be a member of the Atelier (Cards) Crew and receive a new pair of socks each month. The crew has fun socks for men who love fun socks for men, cool mens socks who love colorful socks for men. With everything from crazy color dress socks to plain ankle socks, there's something for everyone on the Atelier (Cards) Crew!
B is for Blocking Wires
Blocking wires are a necessary part of the sock knitting process. They help shape your knitted fabric in preparation for seaming. Blocking wires come in many shapes, sizes, and materials; you just have to decide which ones work best for you. If your blocking wire is too long it's easy enough to cut it down with scissors or a wire cutter.
C is for Cast-Ons
Cast-ons are the first step in knitting a new pair of socks. They can be tricky at first (trust me, I know), but once you get the hang of them they'll be your go-to method for getting started on any sock project. There are a variety of cast-on techniques from which to choose depending on what you're looking for - maybe you want something that's stretchy for ribbing or something that will give you a strong edge for garter stitch? No matter what your preferences, there's bound to be one that is perfect for you!
D is for Double Points
Double points socks are the best socks for anyone who loves life. They're a cool way to express yourself while still being professional. Double Points is a sock subscription company that sends you personalized socks every month. The company has great customer service and high-quality products, making it one of the best sock of the month clubs on the market. Whether you want double pointy toes or cool ankle socks, you'll find what you're looking for with Double Points. Join today!
E is for Edge Finishing - Part 1
A sock's edge can be finished in many different ways. The most common are the traditional 1x1 ribbing or a picot bind-off. But there are many other options. This series will explore some of them.
F is for Fixing Mistakes - Part 1
If you're like me, you've messed up your knitting project more than once. I'm here today to tell you that there is no need for despair. For those of us who have been in this boat before, the first step is admitting your mistake. Once we do that we can work on fixing it! Today I'll be going over how to fix mistakes in the cast on stitch. I'll be using a swatch to illustrate my points as an example of what not to do.
First off, let's talk about dropped stitches.
G is for Gauge Swatch
A gauge swatch is a small sample of knitting that you knit in order to find out what the size should be. You can make a gauge swatch by knitting a few rows in stocking stitch on the needles you are going to use for your project. If you're making a scarf, for example, knit 10cm or 4 inches of stocking stitch. If you're making socks, knit 10cm or 4 inches of ribbing (knit 1 row plain and purl 1 row). Measure the width (or height) of your swatch and divide it by the number of stitches across (or up). This will give you the average number of stitches per inch or centimeter. Multiply this number by four if there are four rows per inch.
H is For Heel Flap
H is for heel flap. This is the part of a sock that covers the back of your heel, which can be made from a variety of materials depending on the pattern you choose. Some patterns use ribbing or k1p1 (knit one purl one) stitch to create a top edge for the heel flap. Other patterns may have a straight-up-and-down stockinette stitch that runs along the entire length of the flap. There are also patterns that incorporate cables or lace stitches into their heel flaps.
Whatever kind you pick out, make sure it fits your foot well so it’s not too tight around your ankle or too loose around your toes!
Iis For Increasing and Decreasing I-cord
You can also decrease by binding off stitches from the left needle with knit stitches. Decrease one stitch at a time by knitting two stitches together. Decrease in this way until you have the same number of stitches as the original cast on.
To increase an I-cord by one stitch, kfb (knit front and back). Kfb in this way as many times as necessary until you have the desired number of stitches.
Jis For Joining In the Round with a Magic Loop/Circular Needles, 1 needle method
1) Place a slip knot loop onto one needle.
2) Take the other needle and put it through the first loop as if to knit.
3) Wrap yarn over both needles, then take the second needle that went through the first loop over the top of this new stitch (so now there are two loops on that second needle).
4) Drop the first loop off of your left hand needle and tighten up both stitches on your right-hand needle. You have now joined in round with one single stitch on each of your needles!