There's nothing like a pair of handknit socks. You can use gorgeous sock yarn, choose your stitch pattern, and take them with you wherever you go.
One thing I've learned over the years is how to customize socks to fit my feet. Here's how I do it:
Kelley likes a rounded toe, too, and she's developed a recipe for making them for her toe-up socks. She creates her rounded toe by spreading out the increases, separating them with a growing number of knit rounds in-between.
Kelley talks about the rounded toe (and a great garter-stitch heel) in a recent broadcast of Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live.
Round 1: Knit across round.
Round 2: * K1, Kfb, knit to last three stitches on needle one, Kfb, K2.* Repeat for second needle.
Round 3: Repeat round 2 until you have 22 (24, 26) stitches per needle which is a total stitch count of 44 (48, 52).
Round 4-5: Repeat round 1.
Round 6: Repeat round 2.
Round 7-8: Repeat round 1.
Round 9: Repeat round 2.
Round 10-12: Repeat round 1.
Round 13: Repeat round 2. You should now have 56 (60, 64) stitches.
We hope this helps those of you who, like Kelley and me, are "flat-toed"!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.