Crochet socks can be such a fun thing to make, but there are a few things to know before you start so that you can be happy with the results and enjoy wearing them.
- Yarn choice is essential. Crocheting with a thin yarn can be long and kind of painful, but for great and comfortable socks it is very important. There are so many nice sock yarns out there. My favorite so far is Malabrigo Sock yarn. I couldn’t recommend it more. It is very soft, color choice is amazing and it shows the pattern really well. If you are going to wear your sock a lot then choose the sock yarn with 20% nylon and 80% wool. Nylon makes socks durable and very resistant. Avoid acrylic yarns for socks.
- Choosing right tools is also very important. Socks shouldn’t be worked too tight as there is a risk they will be uncomfortable – too rigid with no stretch. But they shouldn’t bee too loose either, otherwise you risk to have too many holes, especially on the sole, and you will feel stitches on the sole while walking much more. That’s why for tight crocheter I suggest to use a hook size larger, and opposite – for loose crocheters – a hook size smaller.
- When choosing a pattern, take care that the sole is worked with single crochet or double crochet stitches. If there is some kind of pattern on the sole they risk to be very uncomfortable to wear.
- If you have limited amount of yarn, I suggest to work both socks up to cuff (if you are making toe-up socks, like my Pearl Socks), and then adjust the length of the sock depending on the yarn amount available. I actually like to divide remaining yarn in two parts. I weight how much yarn remained (you will need very precise scales for this) I and make two equal balls. This way I am sure that I will have same amount for both socks and can proceed with calm.
And now let’s speak about the pattern for my Pearl Socks. This pattern was first published in Inside Crochet, issue 101. Now US version is available in all my shops. These are mid-cuff, very comfortable everyday socks. I tried different kind of sole than in my previous sock patterns and I really love it. It looks smart, almost kind of knit and it fits so well.
Pattern is written for sizes Small, Medium and Large, with two options for calves – small/medium and large. All measurements are given in the pattern description and in the pattern as well.
I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did! Happy crocheting!