Current Obsession // NoShow Socks

La Maison Rililie-noshow socks

[image via – la maison rililie]

Every so often, I come across a design that I fall head over heels for and want to knit IMMEDIATELY. This is the case for La Maison Rililie’s No Show Socks.

I love these low-cut ankle socks! It’s a toe up, (bonus!) gusseted heel construction. I guess it’s time I learned a new heel right? For someone who has tiny feet (size 5’s people!), I average about 27g per sock. Even less if I use contrasting heels, toes and cuffs. That leaves me with approximately 46g of left over sock yarn to play with and I have lots. I see many no-show socks in my future!!!

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For more info, visit La Maison Rililie’s website or Ravelry page.

 

 

 

 

 

MY SOCK RECIPE

I’m a toe up, magic loop kinda girl.

I like to knit my socks concurrently on 2 separate needles whenever possible.

I use 2.25mm/ US size 1 – 32” circular needles. My favorites are Addi Sock Rockets and Hiya Hiya Sharps.

Here’s my recipe:

  1. Cast on 8 stitches per needle using Judy’s magic cast on
  2. Increase at the 2nd stitch and 2nd to last stitch of each needle every other round until I have 30 stitches per needle. (I use KFB (knit front and back) to work my increases.)
  3. After I complete the first toe, I take another needle and cast on for the second.
  4. Once both toes are complete, I knit the foot up to the heel. I do the same for the second sock.

*I convert cuff down patterns to toe up by reversing the order of the foot & leg pattern starting from the last row working my way backwards. For example, if it is a 4 row repeat, instead of starting with row 1, I’ll start with row 4, then 3, and so on.

  1. Knit the heel one at a time, using Fish Lips Kiss Heel
  2. When both heels are complete, I knit the leg. I prefer them to be as long as the foot (or at least 6″) because I find it cozy like that.
  3. Knit the cuff, working 20 rounds of my version of 2×2 twisted rib which is cheating knit through the back loop but purl as normal.
  4. For the bind off, I use the simple stretchy bind off
  5. Block the socks using this and this
  6. Weave in the ends only if it’s a gift, haha, and no, my husband doesn’t count. He doesn’t mind that string hanging out inside his foot 😉

HOW I LEARNED TO KNIT SOCKS

When I first started knitting, like many, I used good ‘ol acrylic. It was socks that introduced me to all the beautiful indie dyed yarns, which opened up the world of knitting for me. I felt this is a good place to start my story. How I learned to knit socks.

Disclaimer: This is a long one. I’ve included links that helped me through this process along with a list of patterns used. I do hope you’ll find it useful if you are a beginner sock knitter or thinking of casting on your first pair, or even if you’re simply curious to know how I got this party started. 

I was making scarves for my husband and eldest son at the time. Knitting podcasts kept me company and almost every. single. one of them was making socks. I remember thinking – WHY? I don’t see the point. How can one even knit with such fine yarn and tiny, tiny needles? Not to mention how expensive yarn is only to put on your feet???

Fast forward 2 years later, and I am now a self-professed SOCK ADDICT.

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I ALWAYS have a pair on the needles (sometimes two or three – don’t judge!) and carry it everywhere I go.

When I got the hang of it, I told my family they were all getting socks for Christmas.

2016 was the year of socks.

This is how it began…

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