There’s a lot more knitting in a sock than you’d think – or how I got on with my second 4 x 4 challenge

When I set my second 4 x 4 challenge last week – to knit a pair of socks in a weekend – I failed to mention that my weekend was going to consist of Friday to Sunday. However I wasn’t going to be able to knit on Saturday, so the omission was purely detail and not me trying to sneak in an extra day knitting.

Bekki Hill 4 x 4 Challenge Sock Knitting

There would be no Saturday knitting because on Saturday my beautiful niece got married.

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Apols for the red eyes. My old PC had software that got rid of red-eye, but my new one hasn’t. Or at least I can’t find it if it does. Any suggestions of free software that will do this?

The original plan had been to drive up to the Wild North of Nottinghamshire on Friday evening. However Lovely Husband found himself a meeting in Bristol on Friday – an hour and a half away from us and en-route to the Wild North.

Serendipitously  his meeting was right next to Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre  Fortunately working for myself meant I could take the day off to go up early.

We set off at 6.30 on Friday morning. I had intended to knit from the start of the journey, but having got up at 5.30, it took me a while to get going. By Cribbs Causeway I had knitted so little I didn’t even take a picture.

By the time I’d done five hours shopping  seen to my emails, Lovely Husband’s meeting had finished. I knitted all the way to the in laws and little while I was there. By close of play Friday I had almost completed the leg, which didn’t seem much for 4 – 5 hours knitting. But I guess that’s what you get for knitting 4 ply wool on tiny needles.

It was already quite clear I was never going to knit a whole pair of socks in one weekend.
It was already quite clear I was never going to knit a whole pair of socks in one weekend.

You may recognise this as the Hermione sock pattern. When I first decided to knit this sock, I didn’t realise it was knitted on two circular needles, not one. However the day before the challenge I spotted knitsbywhit’s blogging about it and realised. I don’t have two pairs of 2.5mm circular needles and, as knitsbywhit sensibly advised, as this was my first pair of socks, I shouldn’t go attempting to adapt a pattern until I understood how to knit a sock.

Of course I’ve never been very good at sensible, so, since I couldn’t quite get my head round converting a pattern using two circular needles to using one circular needle, I used a nice ribbed sock pattern for DPNs, but knitted it on a single circular needle, and used the Hermionie pattern instead of rib.

A Nice Ribbed Sock Glenna C

Saturday was the wedding and, even though I usually have no qualms about knitting in public, I resisted knitting through the marriage vows, the wedding breakfast and the speeches. I even resisted knitting through the evening. Although be warned family, if I ever get to grandchildren, grand-nieces or grand-nephews getting married, I’ll be the batty old granny knitting my way through the whole damn day.

I began knitting the heel flap as we set off on Sunday. We went home via lunch at friends and dropping daughters off at East Midlands airport and East Midlands Parkway. I’d just finished the heel flap as we left the station.

Sock Knitting Heel Flap
Somehow the heel flap pattern has gone wrong. I did restart it a couple of times with no success. I would have blamed it on me getting the RS and WS muddled, because I was mixing and adapting patterns, but the other side doesn’t look like the pattern either!

The fabled and dreaded heel turn turned out to be quite straight forward – just follow the pattern.

Heel Turn

However it must have taken a lot of thinking about arranging the picked up stitches around the circular needle, rather than the three needles of DPNs, because this is all I managed in the next three hours it took to get home – minus a little time drinking hot chocolate and eating a large shortbread biscuit.

End of Weekend

I’ve knitted a little since, but I’ve mostly been knitting the lacy jumper I started the week before last.

Lace Jumper Week Two

As the lacy jumper is more complex and needs greater concentration, I’m knitting that while watching TV. I’m saving the socks for when I’m reading, but I’m also knitting a secret jumper when reading and that’s getting priority. So the finished socks may be a while coming.

Whilst technically I’ve already ‘failed’ the second challenge, because I didn’t finish the socks in a weekend, I’ve learned a lot about the structure of knitting a sock. Knitting against the clock has also made me realise that, as CarolJChristie told me last week, there’s a lot more knitting in a sock than you’d think!

33 thoughts on “There’s a lot more knitting in a sock than you’d think – or how I got on with my second 4 x 4 challenge

  1. V. Kathryn Evans

    HA! yes, my daughter discovered this – it took her a year, off and on, to finish one fairisle sock. It is a beauty though, and it might have a pair to it one day!

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      1. Good luck to H for the cricket and to you staying warm. I think you’re supposed to stay dry up there today at least. Been chucking it down here since the middle of the night.

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  2. Your niece looks so beautiful and happy. I love the sock colours and the lacy jumper is so pretty.
    Okay, you knit while you read?!! I wish I could do that with crochet, perhaps I shall have to try, then I might even be able to do it in the car and not get travel sick 🙂

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    1. She does 🙂 Thank you for such kind comments. I know nothing about crochet, but give it a go. You might surprise yourself. I could knit in the car before I could read and knit and I can knit more complex things in the car than when reading. I find I can sneak the odd glance down in the car without feeling sick , but to enjoy reading I need to stay focussed fully on it.

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  3. Good effort!
    I’ve been knitting a pair since February.
    I always use DPN. I don’t think I could get my head around using two circular needles and knitting two socks at the same time.

    Knitting whilst reading! That’s something I’ve not tried. I’ve been on long train journeys the last two days and did take knitting but chose to read instead.

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  4. How happy the bride and groom look! That must have been special.

    I’m sorry, I know this has been mentioned already, but… You can read, while you knit, even in a moving vehicle? Wow! I can’t even read in a moving vehicle.

    Enjoy your knitting. Sounds like you are learning a lot from your challenges already! 🙂

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  5. A stunning picture of the beautful bride and groom, with that amazing cake. You must have had a wonderful day. (By the way, Nottinghamshire isn’t so wild … honest!) 🙂
    My mother always said that the heel on a sock was the most difficult part, so you aren’t alone in struggling with that. But your lacy jumper is looking lovely, so well done with that. 🙂

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    1. Hi Millie. Thanks. She is gorgeous. We had a wonderful day and a brilliant weekend. Ok, maybe I exaggerated a bit about Nottinghamshire 🙂 I found the heel quite interesting too – I always love looking at the structure of how things are put together. But fed up with how slowly 4ply grows, but a sock is great to fit in the handbag for knitting when an unexpected chance arrives.

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  6. Laura Jarman

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments me and my new husband really appreciate it!! Sorry auntie Bekki that i kept you from your knitting lol x

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    1. Hi Laura. Thanks for commenting. You are a gorgeous young lady and not just on your wedding day.

      LOL! I would have never have dreamed of knitting through your wedding and if I hadn’t been travelling up I would have been weeding the garden or something equally boring instead of doing one of my favourite activities. Not to mention I got a to see all my lovely family and friends and a shopping trip to Cribbs Causeway. You should get married every weekend 😉

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  7. The thin yarn and tiny needles take ages don’t they. I’ve been using a pattern with double pointed needles (which I’m used to using). Advantage, no worrying about front/back (except on the heel flap). Disadvantage – I have lines running down the sock where the joins were, not visible, but the sock likes to fold along them, think I need to pull my first stitch on each needle tighter. Also I have pulled a needle out of all of it’s stitches more than once, eek – which is downside of the slippy bamboo needles I bought especially.

    Is the double circular needle thing magic loop? I don’t get on with circular needles so well, but I have read a technique where you can knit two socks at once using this.

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    1. No, magic loop is one needle. I think I’ve even seen someone knitting two socks on one circular. I particularly went for one circular because I like my projects to be portable and knew I’d be forever losing the stitches off tiny DNPs.

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