I’ve always wanted to knit a pair of socks, but was intimidated by the process of making a tube of fabric bend at a right angle. I wouldn’t have figured out how to do that without the I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting Socks book I got at Michaels craft store. This book takes you step by step in the process, with plenty of photos to illustrate the instructions.
So how do you bend a tube of fabric? The answer is short rows, which are formed by only working across some of the stitches on the left needle before turning the piece. This process creates darts in the knitted fabric, which “turns the heel” of the sock.
The socks aren’t perfect. While knitting the second sock, I lost track of how many rows I had knitted and inadvertently made it a little bigger than the first one. But both socks still fit on Josie’s feet. And, unlike her Robeez shoes, she didn’t try to rip them off.
It felt good to see my socks cushion her footfalls as she toddled around the dreaded Tropical Discovery building of the Denver Zoo.