Knitting Fail

So the good news is that I’ve mastered a fairly basic sock, or at least the general principles of not losing your mind when wrestling with said fairly basic sock. Other than having to cut Josh’s conversation mid-sentence with “haang on, HANG ONNNN!!!!………..okay sorry,” I’ve pretty much got the technique down! To make quick work of it, I thought it would be cute to knit a pair of baby socks for May’s latest bundle of roly poly joy.


Baby Sock Win

I got the pattern here.

An excellent turnout! But this baby is indeed roly poly, and growing by the second. I wanted to knit the second sock in a hurry, before they wouldn’t fit! Look at that healthy chub! And so I figured it would be a good idea to forgo the standard knit-2-purl-2 cuff (that’s “stretchy ribbing like you see at the top of most socks” for you non-knitters) and just do a plain knit one. Ribbing is what keeps the sock up on your leg instead of puddling around your ankle, but given that there is minimal need to keep them up on legs that do little more than wriggle toe-up in the air, I figured it would be no issue.

And it wasn’t. I got the second sock done relatively quickly, and although the cuff wasn’t as neat or pretty looking, it took care of the risk of ankle-muffin-top and all related circulatory unpleasantries.

So where did I fail?

Remembering what size needles I used for the first pair.

Baby Socks Fail


And yes, that’s the smaller one that I knit second. Way to keep up with the growing – knit smaller! You know what kiddo? I think I’ll knit you a hat or something. You’ll look dashing.

Stupid needles.


  1. birdpress said,

    May 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Ha ha ha! I’m sure you could just knit matches for each of them and sell the ones that don’t fit on Etsy or something. It’s a good newborn size, right?

    For sure, they definitely would! I just got so pissed when I saw that I had rushed and hurried and then – really??? The wrong size needles, of all things??? It was definitely good practice though, I’m glad I screwed up on wee socks instead of grown up socks. I’m starting my first me-sized pair now. At least I hope they turn out to be me-sized. Sizing doesn’t seem to be my forte…

  2. David said,

    May 27, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Good save Emerald. You’d be extra pissed if they were bigger socks. Just do the needle switching trick again and you’ll have 2 pairs of matched socks. Or find someone with a mutant baby to give them to. It’s a win win!! 🙂

    Honestly, I’m so sick of fiddling with itty bitty things that I’d settle for a mutant baby. There’s a good chance I’d be going to hell for laughing by the end of the day, but I’ll deal. 😉

  3. Jen512 said,

    May 28, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Awww…I just love baby feet, and your cute little socks look great. You gotta screw up to learn. I can’t knit to save my life and I’ve tried…but I guess if that was really true I’d be dead. I can crochet like a motherf–ker though! Do you ever try crocheting?

    I have actually, and I just can’t! I’ve heard that for most people, it’s really one or the other. Either you can knit or crochet like a fiend, and the other will always boggle the mind.

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