It’s not very often I know what I want as a gift but this year on my birthday I knew what I wanted! A sock loom and I was lucky enough to be given one by my brother. The Loom Sock Dance was created after successfully loom knitting my first sock and needing to make my second sock, but first here’s their story…
I have wanted to knit my own socks for as a few years now, the main issue is I don’t knit. I have sock needles that I aquired from my Mum, I had tutorials saved ready to give it ago, I just couldn’t get over the hurdle of. I don’t knit! Then I discovered the sock loom.
There are few looms out there but I settled on the KB Sock Loom 2. I liked the fact it was adjustable so I could play with sizes and potentially make my kids socks too.
The KB Looms company have some great tutorials on how to use their looms and with the help of these and the instructions that came with their loom I was able to fuddle my way through the process of knitting a sock. I did a trial sock first because I just didn’t believe it would work! It did work and I knit a short ankle, heel, base and toe. It looked sock like but it didn’t fit.
I hit the interenet again to find some more tutorials and found this great one from Good Knit Kisses that exlained a bomb proof way of making a loom sock fit each time. It’s well worth taking the time knit a test swatch and following the measurements because I can tell you now… It works!
My Foot: ball – 9.5/9 cast on – 43/42 heel toe 22 length of foot – 10.5 sock leg – 10+ Stitches to short row either side of heel/toe 7
It’s such a lovely non thinky process to follow. As long as you have a tape measure you can just keep going round in circles and measure the length of each section as you go. It’s great for having small needy kids around too as you can just stop and put the loom down. No wool falling off needles here, and I don’t have to teach myself to knit!!
It was when finishing off my first sock (below) that I decided to use stop motion and record the process, the loom sock dance was created!
The wool I used was a 4ply Opal Hudertwassers Werk colour Rainy Day On Love. A beautiful stripey orange/green/blue with flecks of these colours through the white. My dream colours.
Im really happy with the end results and I will get better with my measurements because although wearable one sock is slightly bigger than the other. They are warm and toasty and I’ve relived that long term goal of knitting my own socks! Here’s the sock loom dance you’ve been waiting for…
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Enjoy, Karen x
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