Test Knitting That Failed My Test

First pair of Monkey Socks on the right. Second pair on the left. Both from Cookie A, top down pattern.

Sometime back in 2006 I knitted the first pair of socks I’d done since the 1970’s. All I knew back then was cuff down socks on double pointed needles. I found a pattern online on Knitty by Cookie A. that looked intriguing, Monkey Socks.

I grabbed some wool/cotton/nylon blend sock yarn from a yarn shop in Plano, Texas and dug out my double pointed needles. I liked the pattern. I liked the yarn. But my socks were too large and sloppy. I machine laundered them a few times but they didn’t shrink up much at all. I still have them and can wear them if need be. But the knitted fabric is too loose and not comfortable on my feet.

Some time later I discovered knitting socks from the toe up using Judy’s Magic Loop and a 40″ size 2mm needle and fell in love with that. I’ve knitted a dozen or more pairs of socks since.

Then I thought I had gotten lucky when I discovered that someone had adapted the Monkey Sock pattern for toe-up knitting. So, last night I cast on for the toe-up Monkey Sock for a test knit to see what I thought. I was not impressed and ended up frogging the socks just three rounds into the lace pattern. It’s just not the same at all. I still like Cookie’s pattern and maybe someday I’ll knit another pair from the cuff down, but for now I’ve got a skein of soft sock yarn divided into two center pull balls, ready to knit another pair of socks when I decide on a pattern.

I’ve stuck the yarn in a project bag and tossed the bag into a basket in the studio. I’ll get my thinking cap on and try to decide on something besides a vanilla sock with K2,P2 ribbing up the top of the foot and around the leg.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

2 thoughts on “Test Knitting That Failed My Test

    1. I started knitting socks 50 years ago and it was top-down with double pointed needles and that’s what I did for decades. A young friend finally convinced me to try the toe-up magic loop about 15 yrs ago. I couldn’t manage the 2 at a time back then but I’ve finally mastered it and that’s my preferred method now. I guess I could just try to knit that lace pattern as is from the toe up and see how it looks…

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