Let’s talk about something frivolous. I’ve done a lot of reading lately for College. Heavy stuff… actually ‘heavy’ is the wrong word… it was more like eye opening reading and what I saw wasn’t pretty… and I’ll have to think about it a little more before starting a conversation on this platform.

In the meantime, if you want to read something that will kick you in the guts and slap you in the face read ‘Citizen’ by Claudia Rankine, I’d like to know what you think.

For now, let’s talk about hand knitted socks and how I’ve solved the problem of the ‘second sock’. If you have never knitted socks, you won’t have come across the ‘second sock’ syndrome but let me tell you… as a flippant first world problem… it’s pretty real. You see, normally, knitting one sock is fun, the yarn is new and you can’t wait to see what it’ll look like finished… the second sock? b.o.r.i.n.g. nothing new about it… an exact copy of the first one and it can be lethal. Second socks have been known to take months, years even.

BUT if you start from the principle that socks don’t need to be the same… you will never EVER have to knit a second sock again. So simple and yet… so clever.

Enter the scrappy socks (which don’t necessarily need to be made out of scraps… but if you do you can give yourself the additionally virtuous/smug ‘no-waste’ badge)…

No 1

No 2

And as a pair…

which I might add doesn’t need to be as such… I will most likely knit another one – No 3 – and randomly pick two mismatched sock from the drawer quickly and without a care in the world.

Who said socks need to match?


When was that decided?

Matching, schmatching.

5 thoughts on “*20* scrappy socks

  1. Clicky Needles says:

    I love your scrappy socks. When I first started knitting socks, the second sock had to match perfectly, but now I’m quite happy if they don’t. How are you joining the yarn? A Russian Join or sewing the ends in?


  2. Pamela says:

    I do like a pair of perfectly matched socks although when I decided to knit a pair for a friend who I would be meeting for coffee in 6 day’s time I managed to let go of that. Also it was a long repeat and so I just went for it. It was a self striping yarn and by chance the black and white mock fairisle stripes matched perfectly and they looked great. I have a large stash of left over sock yarn so either I should sell it or go totally scrappy as I’m not making a blanket! I’m currently leaning towards scrappy. I’m deep in jumper knitting (Grocery Girls Jumper in a month knit along to keep me on track) but have 4 pairs of socks on the needles too. Oh and I knit the ends in as I go when I join yarn on any project,


  3. Shirley says:

    I absolutely love the two socks above!!! It is a perfect pair. I guess I will have to learn to knit in order to have such pretty mismatched socks.


  4. Terri says:

    Gawd. Why did I throw all my ends of balls of sock yarn away? I yam a silly woman.Sigh.
    (that is not Mr AutoCorrect that is me Silly Woman)


  5. Patricia says:

    I’m a little like Pamela above – I love perfectly matched pairs! But you have inspired me to knit for my son: now 25, he’s well known for his mis-matched socks quirk since he was about 5 years old. Now, I have a Christmas present for him! Thanks again, your blog is lovely, great photos, and never too much ‘talk’. A perfect combination!


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