Amys First Socks


Copper models Amy’s first sock.

First Knitting Project: Amy Palmer's Socks

I love telling the story of my first pair of handknitted socks, which my father felted within a week of receiving them. Amy Palmer, editor of Knitscene and an accomplished sock knitter, had a much more successful first sock experience with her gift for her father.

My first sock knitting experience, at first glance, should be one of those disastrous stories of how a knitted sock ended up too large. I draped one of the pair over a cat for comparison. That was not a teeny kitten—Copper, as he was called, was a full grown, decent-sized cat.

My first pair of knitted socks were somewhat ambitious. The pattern, Father's Day Socks by Andrea Straw, was a simple one-by-one rib pattern. Standard top-down construction with a heel flap and gusset. I hadn't knit socks yet, but I trusted the pattern and my own intuition to get me through a pair of socks in time for Christmas giving. (Not that I needed much intuition; the pattern is well written and easy enough for novice sock knitters to whip up.)

The problem instead was that these socks were intended for my dad. I have long feet—I wear a U.S. women's size 11 shoe—and I come by those long feet honestly. My dad wears a U.S. men's size 14. I can't even remember how long these socks ended up being; I think they were close to an even twelve inches, if not more. But for all that they looked monstrously large, they ended up fitting perfectly.

Amy’s Dad shows off a successful handknitted sock.

Well, the first one did, anyway, I didn't quite finish the second one in time for Christmas morning and had to mail it to him after the fact. You'll just have to trust my word on the fit of both socks.




What about your first knitted socks? We're always looking for sock stories for Feet on the Street. Send your sock story along with at least one clear high-res photograph to If we publish your story on the blog, we’ll send you enough sock yarn for a pair of new socks—so you can start a new sock story. (We are not able to acknowledge or answer every submission, but we’ll let you know if your story is chosen.)

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