I love making socks. There’s just something special about wearing hand made socks.
I both knit and crochet socks, but I crochet socks significantly faster than I knit them (about 3x as fast!). Crochet socks are faster for me because the stitches are a little bigger and I crochet much faster than I knit … Due mostly to the fact that I’ve been crocheting for a lot linger than I’ve been knitting.
I like both types of handmade socks, but I’d like to take the next few blog posts to talk about crochet socks.
There are a lot of people who didn’t know that you could crochet socks! Many of the socks that you used to see crocheted were using worsted weight yarn and, while they made great house socks, didn’t fit in most shoes. With today’s wonderful sock yarns, the socks fit!
Crocheting socks is a little different from knitting socks. The way the fabric is created, and the properties of the fabric, are different so crocheters have to take that into consideration. All of these statements are generalities and will vary with yarn and tools used.
- Crochet is, in general, a little less stretchy than stockinette or ribbed knitting.
- Crochet stitches are generally larger than knit stitches, so the bumps created by the stitches are further apart and more noticeable.
- Crochet cables are, in general, thicker than knit cables
- Crochet stitches are, in general, larger and thicker than knit stitches (slip stitch crochet is the most obvious exception)
Understanding these differences is key to making a good crochet sock!
The “less stretchy” factor can be addressed by adjusting the number of stitches in your sock. You can still get a snug fit that’s not stretched too tight. The noticeable bumps can be a good thing if you like them, or can be avoided by using a number of different stitches that minimize the “bumpy feel”. Linked double and half-double crochet stitches are my favorite smooth stitches. Karen Whooley uses the extended single crochet, others use single crochet or slip stitch. The thickness of the stitches is great if you want warm cushy socks made with sport weight yarn, or you can use some of the thinner fingering weight yarn and make lovely socks that you can put in your shoes!
If you are a crocheter and have never tried socks, I highly recommend them! Crochet socks are becoming more and more popular, and patterns are getting easier to get. Check out Karen’s books, and the free crochet socks on Ravelry!
Here’s some of my favorite patterns and pattern books for crochet socks:
- Triumph Crochet Socks by Me
- Cabled Crochet Socks by Karen Ratto-Whooley
- I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks (Leisure Arts #5263) by Karen Whooley
- More Crocheted Socks: 16 All-New Designs by Janet Rehfeldt and Mary Jane Wood
- Crochet Dragonscale Socks by Jennifer Reeve – Craft Kitten Designs