Sockupy yourself with 5 sock knitting tips!

    
Henry the Golden enjoyed being a part of the Sockupied Spring 2015 issue's photo shoot! Socks shown are the Karner Butterfly Socks by Jennifer Raymond.

The holidays have receded, and we're back to knitting for ourselves. (If you're not, you should be!) Many of my friends are knitting socks right now. From simple stockinette patterns to complex cable and colorwork, there are a lot of socks on the needles!

For such a utilitarian item, socks come in all forms. To prove that point, a new issue of Sockupied is here, full of innovative and exciting designs! Here's Amy Palmer to tell you a little more about it, followed by some must-read tips for successful sock knitting.

In Pursuit of Sock Knitting

With a new year comes change, and Sockupied is no stranger to change, with its new platform, a downloadable PDF. My hope is that, with this move, we'll be able to share the sock knitting love with more people. We know knitters are taking their knitting with them wherever they go, and we feel Sockupied should be able to go with you, regardless of the type of device you use (and I include old-fashioned paper printouts in this group).

I also changed up the photography style a bit. When tasked with the job of figuring how to photograph and style the socks for this collection, I wanted to place them in a "natural" setting—in this case, in managing editor Allison Mackin's home (with special appearances by guest star Henry the Golden Retriever).

Mill Ends Socks by M.K. Nance

What hasn't changed is the type of content. We still have five incredible patterns by today's top sock-knitting designers, including featured designer Rachel Coopey. We're bringing excellent technique tips with Kate Atherley's guide to customizing knee socks to fit your legs.

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on this and any other issue of Sockupied in the Knitting Daily forum or via Twitter (@AmyPalmerKnits). I can't wait to see your sock-covered feet!

—Amy Palmer, Editor, Sockupied

    

Rachel Coopey takes her Laith socks in unconventional directions—the traveling stitch pattern begins at the top of one sock and then leaps to the foot of the other.

Here are some tips from Rachel Coopey of Coopknits. Her Laith Socks are featured in this issue of Sockupied.

1. Kitchener Stitch—To avoid pointy "ears" on the toe, graft the stitches loosely then tighten and neaten them up once all the stitches have been grafted.

2. Short-row heels—Use a wrap-and-turn method with double wraps to avoid holes.

3. Casting On—Long-tail cast-on method provides a stretchy start to any top-down sock.

4. Yarn—Select yarn with a high twist or some nylon content for longevity. A tiny amount of silk is great for adding strength but is fairly inelastic, so ensure there's not too much or your socks won't stay up.

5. Selecting Colors—You can get sock yarn in every imaginable color and I think you can be braver with color when knitting socks instead of a sweater.

Washington State Knee Socks
    

I especially love the color tip. There are so many beautiful sock yarns out there (sometimes I think I have half of them in my stash!)—challenge yourself and choose a color that's outside your comfort zone, or select a bright color that you don't feel comfortable knitting up as a garment.

These tips are sure to get you over the hump with some of those tricky parts of sock knitting. There's lots more in the new issue of Sockupied, so download yours now!

Cheers,

P.S. How have you pushed the boundaries of your color comfort zone? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

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