How have you been? Did you have a good week? Thank you for all the well wishes on my move. While moving is not my favorite, there is so many new things to look forward to so it is exciting.
Since I have been packing and cleaning, there has been little time for knitting. The only project I have been working on in the very late evening hours is a sample knit cardigan that I need to have finished very soon. A comment from Michael on my last post gave me an idea for today's post. Michael asked:
i love the look and idea of making scrappy socks
but i'm wondering how you manage all the ends that need weaving in
i know well how to weave for regular knits, but with socks being pulled on and off and stretched so much i worry they will come apart over time
what's your secret?
The fun thing about Michael asking about how I weave in my ends is that with both pairs of my recent scrappy socks, I tried different joining techniques as a sort of trail and error. Now, my most recent pair is not completed so I can't speak on the wear and effectiveness of the two techniques I used.
This pair has a different technique with each sock. These socks have been have been hand washed twice and worn about 4 times.
The first sock I used a double knot or magic knot using this tutorial from Jane Richmond:
Notes: These socks have not come undone. I really like this technique for joining yarns, but I don't think I will be using it for sock yarn again. The reason is those tiny knots show in your sock. While the sock is scrappy, I would just rather prefer a smoother finish.
The second sock I waited to weave in the ends at the end.
On my newest pair, I figured I would try two new techniques because why not? Scrappy socks in themselves are an experiment, so why not do a bit of trail and error to find out a new go-to method.
The first sock I used this technique from Dye Another Day:
Notes on this technique~ I feel very confident in my ends staying put. The technique is not quick by any means. Video tutorial explained in great detail and very clear.
I am currently working on my second sock and trying this technique on weaving in ends as you go from Very Pink Knits:
Notes~ This process is simple and clear. My fingers are crossed that the ends will not come undone, as there is a bit of uncertainty, yet it is much like weaving in at the end of your project. One thing I am noticing it that the stitches where I wove in sort of look like I did a slip1 knit1 stitch. Maybe that will sort itself out once it is soaked and block, but it doesn't really bother me.
So have any of you knit scrappy socks? If so what tried and true techniques did you use to manage your joins/ends?
Thank you, Michael for your question!
I hope you all have the best day today!