Thursday, February 21, 2013

Knitted Purple Faux Cable Hat + Tube Socks

This is an exciting post: not only am I busting my yarn stash, but I have knitted my first pair of socks!

I knitted myself a hat using the extra skein of Cascade 128 Tweed bulky weight yarn I had left over from my Pike Place sweater.

I used the free Giftie Slouchie Beanie pattern.

Total Cost: $5.49

 This hat took less than three hours to knit and used less than 128 yards of yarn. Best pattern ever? I could make a million of these.

For Christmas my mother bought me a sock knitting book, so I made my first pair of socks! They're the 4x2 worsted weight rib socks. 
I used Malabrigo Merino worsted weight yarn that I bought at the Fabric Place Basement in Natick, MA. 

Total Cost: $8.80

Doesn't that look amazing?
I originally bought a bunch of this yarn to use for a sweater because it looked so fabulous in the store. When I got home I looked on Ravelry and a ton of people said that this yarn pills something awful. I wasn't about to spend that much money and time on a sweater that was going to pill, so I returned all the yarn except for the skein that I unwound, and I decided to make a pair of socks.

They're wicked warm and they knitted up pretty fast. I could see myself making more socks in the future, for sure.


  1. Your beanie and your new socks are lovely! Once you've made your own hand-knitted socks, there's no going back ;)

  2. My knitting mentor has been telling me to make socks for months. She said they were addicting. Now I get it. These knitted up really quickly because I used worsted weight yarn, but I can't imagine how long it would take to knit a sock with fingering weight yarn. I have been eyeing some patterns that call for sport and DK weight yarns, so I will probably make a pair of those next. There are some really cute sock patterns out there!

  3. I can't wait to start making socks. It's one of the reasons I learned to knit in the first place, so why haven't I started? Maybe after I finish my current project.

    I like that hat a lot too!