In Praise of Top-Down Socks

When I started knitting this time around* I told myself I would never knit socks. Why the hell would I ever knit a sock? So fiddly. So silly. Such tiny needles and small yarn. Then I saw a sock pattern – I don’t even remember which one it was anymore – that made me squee, just a little, and my obsession with sock yarn began.

The thing I hated about knitting socks was Kitchener’ing, though, so when I knit my first toe-up sock I vowed never to knit a top-down sock again. Toe-up! Short row heels! That was the way to do things!

But here’s the thing: I knit a pair of Cable Footies for a friend last week and loved knitting them. Partly it was because they’re knit in worsted weight yarn, which makes the knitting so fast and easy. Partly it was because they have cables, and I love me some cable-knitting. But partly it was because Kitchener stitch? Not that hard. It’s no more difficult than the Magic 8 Cast On I use when going toe-up. And that heel flap? I had a lot of fun knitting that heel flap instead of a short row heel.

The best part of this realization is that I have a rekindled interest in knitting socks. It’s like it’s all new again. Finally, all that “sock yarn isn’t stash” yarn is going to be dug out and used for something other than scarves. I see a very colorful next few months.

*I tried knitting on and off multiple times before. This time it just took.


2 Responses

  1. I’ve tried to knit socks toe-up, and I’ve yet to figure it out. I love top down! But I just found a pattern I printed out a while ago (Wendy Knits?) and I’m going to try toe-up again!