Many knitters are freaked out by knitting socks. Maybe it is the itty bitty, double pointed needles; where it looks like at any moment all the stitches are going to go sliding off. Maybe it is the skinny yarn that means it is going to take a million stitches to get anywhere. I think mostly though, it is the dreaded heel turn. For many knitters, turning a heel is almost as scary as steeking. Having never steeked, I cannot tell you if this is true. I can tell you that for the first few pairs of socks I knit, I would cheer every time a heel was successfully turned. The Farmer cheers when the Steelers or Yankees do something good. I cheer when needles and string produce something that will cup around my foot...
Like I said yesterday, love to me is warm hands and feet. Especially when the outside world still looks like this:
I decided to make the farmer a pair of red socks for Valentines Day. Two yarn shops later, I still cannot find a tweedy red that I like. I kmake the mistake of telling him my plan and he picks out a tweedy, forest green. In chunky weight. Pause. Okay, I can work with this. I hit Ravelry and narrowed down the pattern search to: socks, knitting, free, unisex, and chunky weight yarn. Amazingly, I still had several patterns to choose from.
I chose Chunky Socks by Arlene Williams. I modified the rib to a 2x2 rib ('cause that is what I wanted) and there may be a mistake in the heel decreases. After the first heel decrease I knit three rounds. But after that, every other round was a decrease and that worked well. Despite that, I think this would be a great pattern to jump into making socks. They have all the parts of a real sock. You get to use really big needles. I knit on 6's. They were done in less than a week. They look like thick socks, not some kind of clunky, knit slippers that one of my grandmas used to make.