In June, my good friend Christine Graf and I got to chat about the new sock knitting book ’52 Weeks of Socks’ by Laine Publishers. I had stumbled upon it whilst browsing on Instagram and me being an avid collector of knitting books (I especially have a soft spot for sock knitting books!) could not wait to find out more about it. I was very intrigued to buy it but I have to admit that the price tag at first seemed a little hefty, so I asked Christine if she had seen it already before committing to buying one. Christine actually owned a copy and she kept telling me how beautiful the book and its 52 socks designs were, so I took the plunge and tried to find a copy… but easier said than done… it took me quite some time to finally track one down. Back then, I was told the last edition to ever come out had just been released and sold out super quickly but after days of more intense research and with the help of some friendly Instagramers, I was able to acquire a copy. Phew!
(Note: Laine changed their mind and another edition of the book just came out, so if you are still looking for one, now might be the time to get one. I am not sure if this is going the be the last edition for real.)
Once my book had arrived, Christine and I chatted again and we drooled over the beautiful designs in the book. I mentioned that there actually is a challenge out there, called the ’52 Weeks of Socks Challenge’ that some people participate in. The goal is to knit all 52 sock designs in the course of one year, so one complete pair of socks per week. I consider myself to be a fairly fast knitter and I can finish a pair of regular socks in under one week but I did not want to commit to a challenge of that magnitude, since that meant not being able to knit anything else BUT socks for an entire year. I had the feeling I would lose interest in the project fairly quickly by not being able to knit anything else. I like to switch things up… so Christine asked ‘How about two weeks?’ … and the idea was born… we would both commit to knitting all the sock designs in the book TOGETHER during the course of one year. Christine agreed to tackle the even numbered pairs and I took over the uneven numbered ones. We started in week 25 of 2020 and we (hopefully!) will be done in the middle of June of 2021.
To keep things easy, we started at the beginning of the book and we will keep going chronologically until we are all done. I will document our joined journey here (mainly bullet point style), primarily to share the fun and to give you some insight in the book but also to give some reference for some of you looking to knit the designs. Undoubtedly, there will be pages documenting BEAUTIFUL, creative, fun socks but I also anticipate tons of hair pulling… and occasionally, we might have to face the oh so hated frog in the room… we shall see… So, here we are…
(Note: Due to a big respect for my fellow designers and also because of copyright reasons, I will not publish any of the pattern instructions here. Described are Christine’s and my personal knitting experiences that we gathered while knitting the designs. If you are looking for the full instructions, please buy the book.)
Design 01 (knitted by me): ‘Intersections’ by Marceline Smith
Yarn: Haalu the Ugly Bunny in ‘Under the Sea’
– I followed the instructions for size 1 on US1.5/2.5mm needles for a size EU38
– Straight forward toe-up construction.
– The pattern is very easy to follow and easy enough to remember. It is also a lot of fun to knit, especially if you know how to knit cables without using an extra needle.
– The pattern is beautiful and creates a stunning three dimensional texture.
GOOD TO KNOW:
– Even though I followed instructions to the T, the socks came out a touch too long. They were also on the wider side, so I ended up gifting them to someone else. If you have slimmer feet like me, I suggest going down a needle size and start the heel turn about 1cm earlier than indicated.
Design 02 (knitted by Christine): ‘Avena’ by Natalia Vasilieva
– Christine says that the finished socks are AWESOME.
– The construction of the sock is very different from traditional socks with a wedge heel design on the sole of that foot that ‘properly’ hugs the anatomy of the foot.
– The sole in the heel area is reinforced.
– The instructions are very complicated but very well thought through and well written, down to the smallest detail.
GOOD TO KNOW:
– The socks are not easily knitted on the go but need a high level of concentration.
– Christine frogged her first two attempts of the sock. Mainly because of the yarn she chose. The first yarn was too variegated and the look of the pattern was too wild. Therefore, try to stick to a calmer yarn. The second yarn turned out to be too fluffy and dense, so try to work with a yarn that shows a high stitch definition.
THANK YOU FOR READING.