The Curse of the Second Sock

Slowly but surely, in between working (really, really far away this week!) I have managed to finish the first sock. It fits perfectly and the 9″ circulars have been a dream to use.
Way behind schedule-I’d hoped to finish both by now-I decided to cast on the dreaded Second Sock whilst the children ate breakfast this morning. I’d got almost to the end of the rib, and then I compared my socks. I’m glad I did it, but also a bit annoyed I didn’t do it sooner. I stupidly thought I ‘knew’ the pattern and went straight to the ribbing but I should have done two rows of stocking stitch. I briefly contemplated having intentionally mismatching socks but then decided against it. There was no option but to frog, so I reluctantly ripped out a day’s work. Then I cast on again and started with purl and not knit, so I had to frog again.

This photo shows the current situation:

The question is now, do I try again today or do I leave Sock Two in exile temporarily in my WIP bag (ASDA bag for life πŸ˜‚). The saga will continue on Wednesday I’m sure…

Knitters, what is your worst second sock disaster? 

33 thoughts on “The Curse of the Second Sock

  1. My most heartbreaking experience was knitting two at a time and not trying them on while I was knitting them. I got almost to the toes before I decided to try them on and they didn’t fit! I started frogging and found out that they didn’t even fit at the ribbing. Lesson learned…always try on your socks as you are working on them!

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    1. Oh no, that one really must have been a heartbreaker. πŸ˜“ I always end up trying them on buy DPNs and 9″circulars make it challenging to do that!


  2. Oh no! I haven’t started on my second sock yet so I’m hoping for no disaster this time! hopefully I haven’t jinxed it! Hope you manage to get the second one cast on this week 😊

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  3. I know the frustration only too well πŸ˜– Not because of sock # 2, but because of sleeve # 2…just recently experienced. πŸ˜‹ It’s a good thing you started again right away….’cause if it’s out of sight it’s easily pushed down into the depths of the wip bag πŸ˜‰ Fingers are crossed! The first one is gorgeous… and I’m sure your toes will wiggle happily in the pair soon! πŸ˜€

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  4. Socks? I made the decision years ago that I would never knit a pair! 🀣 This is probably one of the reasons why! Having read a lot about socks I’m glad I made that decision – even though they apparently fit well. Have fun

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  5. Everytime I tried to knit socks, they were the wrong size for my feets, or one was longer than the other. I bought Ann Budd’s book, ‘Getting Started Knitting Socks’ and managed to knit 3 pairs, all more or less identical. Deciding that I was now a sock genius, I bought Antje Gillingham’s book, ‘Knitting Circles Around Socks’ where you knit two socks at the same time, but after several disasterous attempts, my delusions of being a sock genius were completely shattered, I’ve not knit another sock since!!
    I had no choice but to knit my own socks, I’m allergic to anything but cotton, and the price of pure cotton socks was so expensive, so I now have 3 pairs which hopefully will last a few years! πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s a good idea. I took a similar approach to making my crocodile stitch slippers, working both soles, then the uppers and then the ankles. Thank you 😊


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