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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? 

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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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  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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