3 Reasons to Love Handknit Socks

I knit a lot of socks, and designing socks might be my favorite thing to do as a designer. They’re a marvelously versatile project that can be knit in several different weights of yarn for different purposes, and I love the puzzle of each new pair.

It might surprise a lot of people to know, then, that I don’t really wear them very often. I live in Southern California, so most of the time, I’m wearing sandals. But I love knitting socks. Here are just a few of the reasons why I can’t get enough of making them, even if I don’t get to wear them as much as I would like.

Handknit Socks are Portable Projects

I do a lot of my knitting on the go, while my little one is playing at the playground or I’m waiting in a long line. That means that most of the time, I can’t be hauling around massive projects like blankets and sweaters. When I’m working on a sock, though, I can just pick it up and shove it in my purse.

Handknit Socks Show Off Pretty Yarn

I am a sucker for beautiful yarn. I love subtle tonals and speckles and softly variegated yarns. But knitting a whole sweater out of fingering-weight, hand-dyed yarn is usually outside of my budget. A pair of socks, though? Now that I can manage.

As a designer, I think socks are a delightful puzzle. Socks are small items, and they have small stitches, and it takes a real effort to figure out how to make interesting, satisfying stitch patterns for them. Things are made more complicated by my commitment to using stitch patterns that are easily memorized but still fun to work.

Handknit Socks are a Design Challenge

So yes, I may not have them on my feet very much, but I’ve almost always got a pair of handknit socks on my needles. If you catch me standing in line with some tiny circs clicking away, feel free to say hi!

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