YarnCraft Episode 143 :: 10 Tips for Sock-Making (Plus Other Sock Yarn Projects)

11 Jun

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YarnCraft Episode 143 :: 10 Tips for Sock-Making (Plus Other Sock Yarn Projects)Looking for a small, portable project that’s summer-friendly? Look no further than socks (and sock-yarn projects)! Zontee and Michelle share their favorite tips for knitting and crocheting socks—whether you’re a novice or advanced—on this bonus-length episode. See all Lion Brand sock patterns here.

They also share pattern ideas for non-sock projects like:

Be sure to check out the book Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders for more project ideas, as well as books by Cat Bordhi and Candace Eisner Strick for more sock techniques.

Then Zontee interviews author Sally Melville whose new book is Knitting Pattern EssentialsFind out why you shouldn’t always follow a pattern as written!

Next, on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Zontee and Michelle explore Father’s Day gift ideas. Patterns discussed include:

Want to win a pattern book? Be sure to listen to this episode for details on how to enter our book giveaway! We have books from our friends at Potter Craft and SMP Craft—tune into 41:21 for directions and rules. Be sure to leave your comment by 11:59 pm Eastern on June 19, 2013 to qualify. (Must be 18 or the age of majority in your municipality. Only open to residents of countries where LionBrand.com ships. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.)

Join us in two weeks when we talk about creating airy knit and crochet fabrics. What are your favorite airy patterns? Share them with us! Leave a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in and leave a message at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276. 

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

00:09 Intro & welcome
01:24 What’s on Zontee & Michelle’s hooks & needles
13:35 Tips on sock-making and other sock yarn projects
29:03 Interview with Sally Melville
35:22 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
41:21 Contest information
42:05 Thanks to our listeners

  • yarning4asmile.blogspot.com

    OMG I loved todays podcast listening right now….

    1. Love Love Love the knitting tips esp. about the swatch and how to measure before wash and post wash.. and to make it bigger. I am really trying to get into knitting so this is great info for me!

    2. sock yarn.. I can not tell you how many times I have see sock yarn that made me drool was was scared to buy it.. but now I know its good for so much more than socks. I actually have been buying needles lately so I can really get into the knitting world. I love the idea of making a little sock and then using it for something else but also getting into the sock grove while learning to knit it.

    3.Also I wanted to share what I will be making this summer: I will be finishing my curtain for my kitchen, starting my first Throw, and making a cool yarn bag to carry my wip around in…. I know who ever as the summer progress many more projects will find there way to my hooks and needles :) Happy yarning :)

  • yarning4asmile.blogspot.com

    oh and I forgot I have got to make my boys some toys but not sure what yet.. I am thinking TMNT ami! Since its all about the turtle power :)

  • Jewel

    Hi Zontee and Michelle,

    I very much enjoy the YarnCraft shows. I have had DPNs and sock yarn for years and have read through the Lion Yarn patterns. I think you may have encouraged me to try- the heel sounds confusing, but the idea of the child’s sock is great.

    About how long (hours) does it take you to knit a pair of basic socks for yourselves? (using sock yarn) 10-15? 15-20? more?

    Does the Lion Brand Yarn YouTube channel have tutorials on socks? Would love to be able to watch someone working with the needles and forming the heel.

    Thanks, Jewel

  • aasny

    This summer I’m finishing a baby blanket (Teddy by Bergere de France) – a nice fuzzy, two-sided blanket and Merlin, a beautiful wrap by Kieran Foley.

  • deebee

    This summer I’m reducing my WIPS. I’m finishing a pair of mittens and 2 scarves that are on my needles.

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Hi Jewel, how long it takes depends on your speed (and the size of your foot), as well as what thickness of yarn use. Watch our YouTube playlist (yes, we do have one!) on a basic sock that’s made with worsted weight yarn (to make thicker socks for boots) that’s a good way to practice with a pretty quick project: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1ED51473B7B0D9B6

  • Jennie

    This summer I am focusing on ME! After knitting many baby and charity projects this year, I want to knit things for myself. Right now I am knitting the felted lunch bag with fishermens wool. I have plans for two vests, a sweater, a hat, and a pair of gloves.

  • http://elliottcraftycreations.blogspot.com Elliott Crafty Creations

    I have quite the list of summer yarn crafting to work on and finish. I have 2 afghans to finish. One is for my sister who is getting married this month and the second one is for my daughter who wanted an afghan like her younger brother. I also have a sweater to finish for me and a list of patterns that I can’t wait to try. I hope to do a little stash busting when I have time.

  • kroshaykel

    I really enjoyed this episode – as I enjoy most episodes!

    As a response to alternative usages of sock yarn… I’ve been crocheting chemo caps for someone in my life and I’ve found that sock yarn is a great yarn to use for these projects. Sock yarn is usually very soft, quite important for folks losing hair due to chemotherapy… did you know that it can hurt some people to lose their hair? I didn’t until recently. I try to find a good blended yarn… most of what I chose was a cotton/acrylic blend. With the inherent lightweight nature of sock yarn paired with the natural blend fiber made them perfect (breathable) for caps that will be worn in summer.

  • Ana

    The very next up for the summer is Susan Anderson’s little elephant pattern and I have a string of baby things on my list as I have just been informed of my impending “Granny-hood”! So excited. Older daughter wants the “Warmth Top” from “Finish-Free Knits” so that’s up too! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  • Dani

    It was great to hear about what you are making for Liz. I hope she is doing well! During one of my sleepless nights, at 6 months pregnant, I was looking at the lion brand iPhone app and found the baby pants. I’m hoping to make them before my little bundle of joy arrives in September. This summer I will definitely be finishing a baby kimono I just started and hopefully some of the baby/toddler dresses I found on the app. Happy knitting!

  • Salbertarose

    I am crocheting head kerchiefs with colorful bonbons this summer

  • Tricia

    Loved the podcast just now!

    I am going to make my first socks this summer so this podcast was very timely! I’ll take your advice and start with some baby socks to learn the basics. There are so many things I want to make… I have a reversible hat pattern that is made with sock yarn that I want to make. Someone at my son’s school had made a gnome (amagarumi?) out of sock yarn that was adorable.

  • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

    Hi Dani, we’re actually making items for another friend, but Liz and her baby are doing well. Teddy recently turned 1 and he just said his first word this weekend! Best wishes to you and your new arrival!

  • joyce

    Nice episode. I have accumulated a stash of sock yarn, but haven’t made a sock yet, so these tips will be helpful when I do start, later this summer. Currently, I am working on an afghan for my home, a couple of knit pillows for a wedding gift, and a baby sweater. When I finish these projects, I am looking forward to starting on socks. Thanks for your podcast.

  • anne Josephy-Zack

    This summer, I am making hats and fingerless mitts. I am determined to master dpns.

  • Juanita Becker

    This summer I am clearing out my stash of kitchen cotton by knitting swiffer covers from a pattern I found online. I made several as a wedding present, and like them so well I am making a few of my own. I am also crocheting some dish cloths. When I have used up most of that cotton yarn I plan to knit a scarf for my sister from some yarn I bought in Dublin. Then I will work on a half finished afghan for my nephew, who is getting married soon. If I manage to find the time, I would like to make the current KAL top, for which I already bought the yarn and have downloaded the blog posts.