Monday, October 15, 2007

The feel of handknitted socks!

After two months languishing on needles waiting for the grafting [Kitchener stitch] my Tofutsies socks are finally finished. I wore them on Friday - I didn't like the feel of hand-knitted socks under the soles of my feet. They're knitted in stocking stitch - does anyone have suggestions? It never occurred to me that I wouldn't like hand-knitted socks; I've bought more yarn for at least another three pairs! What can I do?

7 comments:

Rose Red said...

Oh dear! Some people suggest that the knit side of stocking stitch is more comfortable on the inside of a sock than the purl side - maybe you could wear them inside out and see if that makes a difference? If so, you could change the bottom of the next pair to purl, rather than knit?

amy said...

That was my suggestion, too.

Olivia said...

I find (in limited experience, so take with caution) that knitting a firmer, finer gauge fabric (yep, smaller needles) can make that feeling of the individual stitches much less obvious. It also has to do with the softness of the yarn - how much the stitches smooosh together rather than remaining separate.

kms said...

hmmmm how frustrating! i didnt think i would like it, but i was surprised, it took some getting used to tho. if all else fails, hand knitted socks make really great presents and people looooooove you forever when they get them!

happyspider said...

If you're wearing them with shoes that dont agree you might have more problems. Some of my socks i rarely wear out of the house.. they just object to being in shoes and i listen to them. hope you sort it out.. only a wool allergy could be worse.

Lynne said...

Thank you for all your suggestions - I have taken them all to heart and will try wearing the socks inside out and wearing them with a different pair of shoes. This week has been quite warm so I haven't been wearing socks!

I knitted them in 4ply [sock yarn] on 2.25mm needles [US 1] so I hope I don't have to go smaller :-(

Darrow said...

Hi!
It could also just be that yarn. I've made a few pairs of socks for myself and I reckon the more plant fibre in them, the more uncomfortable they can get. When cotton absorbs water (i.e as sweat) it becomes stronger and hence more likely to chafe. Wool, OTOH, gets weaker so doesn't chafe as much.