Thursday Sock-Along: Friday Edition

I’m counting these as Thursday socks because I cast on yesterday. Better late than never, right? Well, I’ve been saying for a while that I wanted to make a second pair of socks. I blogged about my first pair, Rye Socks from Tin Can Knits, here.


Photo credit to Callandra S. Cook, aka the wifey. Modelled by yours truly.

Socks #1 have turned out to be everything I expected. That is, they were a great project to learn on, they fit well, they look pretty sweet. I can only stand to wear them occasionally in the winter as they’re very, very warm and, being worsted weight, they’re not great for stuffing into shoes. So, they don’t get a lot of use…but that wasn’t the goal.

However, being appropriate for frequent use is the goal for Socks #2. A few other goals are as follows:

  • Make ’em with sock yarn.
  • They should fit my calves, which are larger than average, without having to do a ton of machinations to the pattern.
  • There should probably be two of them. Matching is not only unnecessary; it’s highly overrated.

For the Rye Socks, I switched sizes throughout the pattern to make sure they would fit my calves without being too loose in the foot. That’s okay and all but I’d like to just be able to knit some socks without going through all that. To that end, I started thinking about how to make the cuff super stretchy. That way I wouldn’t have to switch sock sizes at the ankle. I decided to knit the ribbing in fisherman’s rib instead of standard. I learned from making my Color Dipped Hat that fisherman’s rib is ridiculously stretchy. It also takes about twice as long to knit as a typical single rib, but it seemed like the right man for the job. I poked around different patterns on ravelry and settled on Susan B. Anderson’s How I Make My Socks. I knitted the ribbing longer than called for, and will probably end the stockinette section a little early, depending on how they fit as I go.


My progress so far!

The ribbing is definitely extremely stretchy:


I used a super stretchy cast on, too, so that shouldn’t be a problem. So far I’m really pleased with how it’s turning out! Both the yarn that I’m using and the dpns are from the amazing batch of yarn, fiber, needles, books, etc that I got recently from someone who is destashing. The yarn is Knit Picks Simple Stripes.


Sammy very kindly modelled for me!

If you haven’t checked out my fellow Socketeers, you can read Hannah’s post here (unsophisticated and jejune) and Paula’s post here (Spin a Yarn).  Happy (sock) knitting!



  1. Stefanie · April 29, 2016

    That is some stretch. What cast on did you use?

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    • alexand knits · April 29, 2016

      Tillybuddy’s Very Stretchy cast on


      • Stefanie · April 29, 2016

        Thanks. I’ll check it out.

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      • Stefanie · April 29, 2016

        Have you ever tried the Old Norwegian/German Twisted Cast On before and seen a difference between Tillybuddy’s and those?

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      • alexand knits · April 29, 2016

        I haven’t tried either of them yet!


  2. Hannah @unsophisticated+jejune · April 30, 2016

    Hi Alex! Glad to see you! I am also glad you reminded me of your lovely first pair of socks, I need to make bed socks for my friend – I was meant to make them when it was winter….but I’m pretty slow. You know I’m still on the first pair right? Haha. Also, fishermans rib might help me out too! I seem to have massive heels, so either I make the sock big enough to go over my heel and it is baggy around my ankles, or I make it to fit my ankles and force it on. Fishermans rib might be my friend here, I’ll have to keep that in mind! Your current pair are looking awesome, and I like them as a crown for your cat too. Thanks for linking me up – I will add you to my post. 🙂

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  3. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · April 30, 2016

    Woo hoo! You are definitely back in the sock game! I love that you are trying different techniques to make the socks fit you instead of you fitting the sock. I have never used the stretchy cast on you mention or the fisherman’s rib; however it will definitely be something to keep in mind if I decide to make a pair of socks for my Aunt. I love the color of the yarn. The white bits seem to be making a pattern within the sock which is really cool! Thanks for linking me up too! I’m going to add you to my latest post 🙂

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    • alexand knits · April 30, 2016

      Thanks 🙂 I turned the heel this morning and am working on the foot now. I definitely have stuff to post about how it’s turning out. It’s a step in the right direction but there are definitely things I’ll change for pair #3. I almost can’t wait for next Thursday!

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      • Paula @ Spin a Yarn · April 30, 2016

        You go girl! I can’t wait to read all about it 🙂 I think each pair is a learning experience and we’ll only get better as we continue making more!

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