7 Reasons Ann Budd’s Socks Should Be Your Next Project

By Ann Shayne
January 26, 2017
A kit makes it easy to get straight to the knitting, just saying.

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  • Wow! Must knits socks…must knits socks…! Those are gorgeous!

  • As one who cannot even dream of real estate in New Zealand, I think I’m going to be knitting a lot of socks.

  • You guys are making it very hard to stick to my New Year’s resolution of finishing one knitting project before moving starting another!

  • Those socks will be nice in your silo. Is yarn part of your prepper stash? I’m sure it is. Better have a sheep and a spinning wheel, too!

  • I’m looking for easy socks for my beginning high school knitters. I wonder if this is the pattern. I could leave out the colorwork to keep it simple.

    • Not that I would recommend socks for beginners, but they are so enthusiastic and insistent. 🙂

      • Interesting idea! I wonder if you could experiment with one student to see how it goes. I do think we are quick to declare something “hard” when it’s more a matter of simply paying attention. If you can read, you can knit, I always say!

      • I once worked with a lady whose adult daughter taught herself to knit from written instructions (before the popularity of videos on the internet). That first project: worsted wt socks!

        • That sounds like me as a learner. Didn’t use on-line videos, just figured it out from books about 5-6 years ago.

        • So true! One of my first projects as a beginning/self taught knitter( before You Tube videos) was worsted weight boot socks for my Dad, size 14 feet! When I brought them into the LYS, they first thought they were Christmas Stockings to be hung by the fire & my gauge was off. Nope! Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Sock book got me started:-)

      • My first knitting project was a pair of socks made with Lion Brand Wool Ease (20% wool and only about $4 a ball). The twists on the cuff and heel of this one might be a little much for a first time knitter. Maybe after they get the hang of holding the needles and consistent tension . . .

    • I think it’s a fantastic idea! The only thing hard about socks is the anticipation before you’ve ever made one. Break it down for them into parts and tackle one part at a time. Signed, Another Self-Taught Sock-Knitter from Books

  • I’ve already knit a pair, and they are fantastic! That slip-stitch colorwork is loads of fun to knit, and the mini-cables in the cuff and heel flap are great. Also – can I brag? – Ann Budd left a comment on my Rav project page. I’m chuffed to bits about that. 😀

    • So great! They are such potato chip knitting–I’ve already started another pair.

      • I know what the Shaynes are getting for Christmas!

        • Shhhh, it’s a secret.

  • I love that — “Extravagant sleeping bags for the footular area.”

  • The size 8 needles have sold me. My feet need these. It is snowing, again, up here in southern Ontario.


  • These look so lovely! And I love the juxtaposition of “hand-knit socks” and “crank out!” I love the description of the yarn, too. “It has absolutely no place inside a shoe of any kind.”

  • I’m writing from the southern half of the South Island of New Zealand (long-time MDK fan) – plenty of room down here for you all, should you wish to decamp.

    I’ve recently bought the e-book version of Field Guide No.2 and those socks are singing a siren song to me loudly. I’m grinding my way through a regular pair of socks for my size 11-13 hubby at present so near-instant sock gratification sounds marvellous! Also trying hard not to think about Hadley either (so far my willpower re yarn purchasing is holding!).

  • my first socks were a worsted weight felted slipper sock. I got to learn the construction of the various sections of a sock in an extra large size of stitch, and any mistakes were felted away!

  • Different strokes for different folks….those look like an ocean of heel pain to me. Maybe I have princess feet, but any sock knitted looser than 7 or 8 stitches to the inch leaves me feeling purl bumps like pebbles under my heel. I’d have to wear a regular sock inside! These are cute in a rustic way, and I am quite familiar with the design excellence of Ms. Budd, but I’ll have to stick to my fingering weight socks. Which I should get back to, because I abandoned them for two crocheted afghans (for Christmas presents), a now nearly done Afmaeli Lopapeysa, and a crocheted shawl/cowl hybrid that’s done. Socks (at 8-9 stitches to the inch, most knitted in stockinette with fun yarn) are my perpetual purse project.

  • Those socks are lovely – just what we need right now in these cold Berlin days. I also love that you’re considering a doomsday property. Scary thoughts though 🙁

  • You had me at size 8 needles! Too many neurological problems for fingering weight, but my knitting pals tell me socks are addicting. I have orders for two more pussyhats, once pink yarn is available again at less than $50 a skein in DC — yikes! — so maybe now is the time to dive into these fun footsie flourishes.

  • I never do Kitchner any more. I end all cuff down socks with a Russian lace-makers join. Most socks i do 2 at a time, toe up.