Socks: A Quiz

It’s all socks all the time here so I’ve been thinking about how many of us knit socks and how we each knit ours our own way. I thought a quiz was in order. Let’s talk socks!

  • Do you knit/crochet socks?
  • If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?
  • What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?
  • Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?
  • Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?
  • One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?

Here are my answers. Feel free to answer in the comments or leave a link if you’re answering on your blog.

  • Yes, in an obsessive way.
  • I’ve been knitting socks for about 20 years.
  • I knit mine top down with a heel flap. I have done toe up and other heel types. I’m not against them I just prefer my usual method. I use double pointed needles exclusively.
  • I have made and gifted socks to others. The reviews were mixed. Some were worn and loved. Others I’m not so sure about. I consider them a gift I only give to someone I truly care about.
  • I think I could knit socks forever. There are so many yarns and patterns that I don’t think I’d ever get bored.
  • I will admit that I have a serious fingering weight yarn problem. I can very easily justify buying a skein or two of fun sock yarn. My stash is proof. My favorite sock yarn is a brightly multicolored skein. I like 20-25% nylon and merino wool. For the most part I don’t have a favorite brand/yarn dyer. My favorite thing is to try something new.

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36 Responses to Socks: A Quiz

  1. I knit top down socks with a heel flap and gusset on 2mm needles 🙂 I sometimes go off knitting them in favour another project but always come back to them. I haven’t knit any for other people yet but have been asked to a few times – maybe for Christmas this year.

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  2. Alissa Head says:

    I will blog your quiz today! 🧦 😊

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  3. cattknithat says:

    1. Do you knit/crochet socks?

    I knit a pair of bulky slipper socks. I also have a sock cast on my circulars that I need to get back too.

    2. If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?

    A year.

    3. What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?

    I don’t have a preferred method. I want to try toe up as I haven’t tried that. My pattern didn’t have a heel flap. It was just straight.

    4. Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?

    Yes, my Dad got luxurious wool slipper socks for Christmas, and he loves them.

    5. Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?

    Probably not. I like to have a variety of projects to work on.

    6. One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?

    I have only used wool and a wool acrylic blend. I don’t have a fiber preference. I have some bamboo fingering. I think it would make nice socks, but I don’t have enough. I like multicolor.

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    My socks are always for DH the same top down heel flap pattern with 2 stitch ribbing. He likes them made out of worsted wool, but I need to find some with a bit of nylon for strength, because he puts holes in them way too fast. Maybe I should felt him some slippers to save on the socks.

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    • I think of nylon as being vital for socks. The combination of sweat and friction just wears 100% wool out way too fast. If your husband strictly wears out toes or heels you can buy a nylon reinforcing thread to carry with the wool. It helps but only if those are the places that tend to wear through.
      Felted slippers are wonderful!!

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  5. sewadilly says:

    I love your socks. I like top down, that is as far as I get .. I get scared. I so want to knit socks Maybe someday.

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  6. Do you knit/crochet socks?
    I began by crocheting socks, back when crochet was less popular and patterns for things like socks were hard to find. Then I taught myself to knit and I only knit socks now. The fabric made by knitting is stretchier and less bulky for socks.
    If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?
    For about 10 yrs I’d say.
    What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?
    Top down, but I’ve never tried toe up. I usually defer to #2. I’ve never tried a different heel other than the basic heel flap one so I wouldn’t know.
    Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?
    Yes, and yes!
    Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?
    I’m not sure, probably not. I like to knit other things too.
    One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?
    I prefer solid for patterned stitches like cables, but I most always like multicolor. Merino/Nylon is what I defer to for its strength, but I’d like to try a blend with cotton or silk one of these days. I’ve spun my own sock yarn, and I’d like to give it a try, but it’s up for sale in my shop 🙂 I saved myself a sample for my mitered squares blanket.

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  7. Marsha Noce says:

    Do you knit/crochet socks?
    I knit them
    If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?
    About 10 years
    What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?
    I orginally started knitting them toe up on magic loop. Then I went to DPN’s and learned cuff
    down. Now I do both ways. I like the Fish Lip Kiss heel the best but still do an eye of partridge
    heel flap at times too.
    Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?
    Yes and they were worn by all but 1 person. I don’t thing I made the sock big enough for the one
    that never wore his and he was to polite to tell me. Also, I no longer gift socks as I have too many
    telling me they have a hole in them and want me to repair them. I have socks that are 9 years old
    without holes. What gives? My hubby is the only person that gets socks from me other than
    myself.
    Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?
    No, I need other projects to work on. Although, there is always 1 pair of socks on the go at all
    times.
    One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?
    I have fallen in love with Diversity Yarn. Since I have a wool allergy, it is hard to find a yarn that
    stands up to the test of time. Also one that wears well and has a choice of colors. I wish I could
    find solid color non-wool yarns that met my standards. I have tried MANY but most of them fail.
    That being said, I still try any non-wool yarn as it comes out.

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  8. 1. Do you knit/crochet socks? Yes I love knitting socks!
    2. If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not? I started knitting socks about five years ago, about a year after I learned to knit. I thought it would be one of the most difficult things to knit and found out they were fairly easy so I was sold.
    3. What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type? I prefer two-at-a-time two-up using magic loop on a 40″ circular needle, though I am thinking of trying the double circular needle method.
    4. Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated? Yes, I have given socks as gifts– I make bed socks for my 90 year old mom and she loves them and talks about them often, saying they fit her so much better than any bought socks. (And she is a former knitter who used to make her own, so that’s high praise from her.)
    5. Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy? No, I’m not the type to be stuck with a single type of project. I need variety.
    6. One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference? I haven’t a favourite sock yarn yet, though I’ve tried many brands I’ve found Kroy sock yarn wears the best though it doesn’t feel as nice as some of the other designer brands. I prefer self-striping yarns as that takes a lot of the work out of switching out colours. And if I am using the yarn for socks, I want a blended yarn for socks, not a 100% wool: I look for it 25% nylon or polywhateveritis. But I love having a soft wool as part of it. How the wool feels to my fingers (and how cushiony it is to my feet) is definitely a deciding factor. Of course soft doesn’t necessarily mean it wears as well, which is why I keep going back to Kroy yarns which feels like I’m working with rope when I’m knitting but also wears like iron and my feet love it.

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  10. I’ve posted on my blog my answers. Thanks for another quiz https://highlandheffalump.com/2020/02/29/a-sock-quiz/

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  11. Do you knit/crochet socks? Yes, knit

    If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not? Maybe 30 years? I started with a pair of socks made of heavy (and cheap!) yarn, because they were intimidating, but found that if I blindly followed the directions, a heel magically happened! I still wear them as house socks in the winter sometimes.
    What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type? I’ve done top down and toe up, on everything from US 0 to 6. Average probably size 1.5 to 2, double points, magic loop, or double circulars, often two kinds of needles at a time. On circulars, they are easy to try on; I prefer knitting with double points; I generally do each section of each sock twice so I have both socks on needles at the same time. I got frustrated with the two at a time on one needle thing. I nearly always do toe up, so they’re easy to check fit, and I can’t run out of yarn!
    Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated? Yes, and yes, and yes. Some are so appreciated they will never wear out as they are worn only on special occasions!
    Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy? Nope – too much else to play with out there.
    What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference? Different patterns need different yarns, and I tend to prefer complexity. Cables and some lace, usually single color or subtle variations; other lace or just ribbing, more radical color variation. Mostly wool, with some nylon or wool/bamboo/nylon (straight bamboo I find are cold on my feet). I’m another who likes Kroy Sock – but it’s not they only thing in my stash at this point.
    My nephew gave me a skein of purple sock yarn for Christmas, which I thought was strange, as my entire family knows that I don’t wear pink or purple. It turns out he wants Baltimore Raven purple socks for next fall! At least I don’t have to go buy the yarn…

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  12. ReginaMary says:

    We could be twins!!

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  13. Do you knit/crochet socks? Yes I do. In fact, I almost always have a pair on the needles.

    If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not? I’ve been knitting them for over 20 years!!

    What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type? Top down on 2.25 mm needles. I like the old fashioned flap heel the best as it really hugs my heel and stays put.

    Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated? I have gifted socks in the past and they are always appreciated. My favorite feed back was from a cousin who had to evacuate her home in the face of an oncoming forest fire. She assured me that she had taken the socks!! They were spared by the fire, by the way. 🙂

    Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy? Naw. I have to have all of the other stuff including knitted cats!

    One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference? I have no preference but I won’t knit a sock if there isn’t a tight spin on the fibers and some nylon in the blend.

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  14. Fun questions, as always! I will answer on my blog a bit later today 🙂

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  16. Bonnie says:

    I really enjoyed your quiz (and answering the questions). I’ve been in a sock knitting rut so it was good to remember a bit why I like knitting them. 🙂

    https://windywonderings.com/2020/02/29/the-time-i-wasnt-knitting-socks/

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  17. I’ll be answering on my blog tomorrow. I’m also firmly in camp top down.

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  18. AJ says:

    Socks have a history in my life as my grandma would make a pair of socks for birthdays and put money in them.
    I have been knitting socks for about 15 years.
    I have always done top down but really want to try toe up so that I can use all of my yarn!
    I just tried two at a time for the first time and love the concept, but prefer using DPNs so I’ll be buying another pair of size 2.5mm DPNs.
    I have gifted lots of socks, but not sure they get worn, so now I concentrate on making them for myself:)
    I could probably make socks for the rest of my life, however that would give me way too many socks as it only takes me about two days (the pro of having tiny feet).
    At this time I love making the Rose City Rollers pattern and I want to try a new pattern, but don’t want to have to alter patterns to my small feet, so I’m not sure which pattern I’m going to try.
    I love all types of yarn and really like that I can indulge my love of crazy colour with my socks!

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  19. Oooh this is fantastic! I will have to dedicate a future blog post to answering this! ❤

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  20. I have decided I’m going to jump in and knit my first pair of socks this month. I’ve been scared of them for too long!

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  22. Ava says:

    Such a great quiz, thanks for sharing! I’ve posted my answers on my blog at purlbaby.com. It’s fun to read everyone’s sock-knitting thoughts!

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  24. • Yes, I knit socks.
    • I made my first pair in 2013.
    • I knit either toe-up or cuff-down depending upon the pattern I’m using, but toe-up is my preference because I like to try them on as I go. I use dpns or magic loop (magic loop is easier on my hands). My favorite heel so far (best fitting) is the Fish Lips Kiss heel, but I’m always trying new heels.
    • The first socks I knit were a gift for my husband. He wore them one time. I don’t knit socks to gift anymore; I think most people wouldn’t appreciate the amount of time that goes into them and probably wouldn’t want to hand wash and flat dry them, as the yarns I use tend to require.
    • I knit all kinds of garments, and couldn’t be happy just knitting socks.
    • I knit with either 100% wool or a wool/nylon blend. I love the must match perfect stripes yarn from Must Stash Yarns, and also the Socks That Rock yarn from Blue Moon, but I knit with many other types of yarn; solids, tonals, stripes, speckles—whatever I’m in the mood for.

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  26. Stefanie says:

    OMGosh, love these socks you’ve shown here. What brand and colorway?

    Do you knit/crochet socks? If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?
    Yes; my first pair I knitted in 2011 I think after Vogue Knitting Live, LA where I met Susan B. Anderson for the first time.

    What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?
    I was a total top-down kind of gal. However, there were times where I felt I sludged through the feet portions and was still experimenting with heel types. Guesset heels only work for me at this point b/c of my high instep. But this last pair I’ve made I found a toe up pattern that plays this type of heel construction straight and I like how the gusset is a lot neater when it’s put together.

    Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?
    Yes, but dunno how much they’re worn.

    Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?
    Maybe as I do like portable, small projects.

    One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multicolor yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?
    I like self-striping for sure! Merino & nylon or MCN. I’d like to try BFL.

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  27. Jessie S says:

    I have never knit socks. Closest was baby booties.
    The heel and toe look challenging!
    No method, I bought some pretty little wooden dpn though.
    The baby booties were worn, loved and appreciated while the baby was still a baby. And matching cap.
    I like trying various little projects, pushing my range.
    I like cotton yarn for socks, in solid or multicolor yarn. My favorite colors are blue, green, and whatever goes with those. My fiber preference is cashmere, silk, baby alpaca, etc.

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    • Socks are not hard to knit at all. The first time through the directions look crazy but when followed they are like magic:) There are lots of videos on YouTube to help if you are a visual learner too:)

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