Meet the Dublin Knit Collective is a new series of articles of who’s who in the Dublin knitting community.
Handknit Handcrochet Socks (Part 2)
The DKC Sock Club is not exclusive to knitting socks. A search of the Ravelry project pages took me to two Dublin knitters, Bioniclaura and Undermeoxter who crocheted their way to make a their own pair of Adirondack Socks by Patsy Harbor .
Bioniclaura and Undermeoxter are active and well known members of the Irish knitting community on the popular social network forums, Ravelry and Twitter.
Bioniclaura learned how to knit and crochet during her elementary school years. As a child she was not too keen on crochet, mainly knitting toys and clothes for her dolls, then giving it all up to live the teenage lifestyle. Now, an adult, she started knitting again and decided to learn to crochet again about three years ago. Today she blogs on Aran Brew and enjoys an eclectic tastes in knit, crochet, fibre dyeing and spinning.
Undermeoxter has been knitting and crochet since her first decade of life. At the young age of ten years she was also making soft toys and clothes for her dolls. As one of Dublin’s fiberistas
, she blogs many of her fiber adventures on Under Me Oxter
. She was the envy of all, when she made the pilgrimmage to Rhinebeck last year. She mainly thinks of herself as a knitter because she can knit without looking at what she is doing, whereas with crochet she has to glance down at her work to make sure the crochet hook is in the right part of the stitch. She commented, “I look back at things I’ve made for my own wardrobe and they are mostly all crocheted!”
With the arrival of the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet
, both these women spotted the Adirondack Sock pattern. For undermeoxter, it was one of those serendipity moments; the arrival of a skein of Shoppel Wolle Zauberball
at the same time, she was immediately struck by how this pattern would work well with this yarn and “cast-on” that afternoon.
With the popularity of handknit socks, Bioniclaura had previously tried to knit socks twice. She tried toe up method and got as far as turning the heel, then she said, “I gave up due to boredom.”. Then she tried the cuff down method and gave up again. She decided to go for the handcrocheted socks after admiring Undermeoxter’s pair and being assured that they were easy and quick to make:
Using a self-striping Regia sock yarn, Bioniclaura was quite pleased with her results:
The main difference is that crochet socks don’t have the stretch of the knitted socks so you have to be more careful when putting them on and off. The only slight problem is that the cuff on one of the socks is a little tight but that should stretch with wear.
Crocheting in a spiral meant it was very easy to loose track of your progress, sock knitters do not bother with a stitchmarker since the beginning of the round is easy to identify, however, Undermeoxter recommends using a marker to keep track of you are. She learned by experience by messing up the gusset increases ever-so-slightly on the first sock.
These Adirondack Socks were the first finished pair of crocheted socks for both Bioniclaura and Undermeoxter, who agree that handcrochet socks are built for Speed! The joys of crochet…quick and easy. These crocheted socks will definitely not be the last. These two women will be back…with another pair of handcrochet socks in no time.
Thank you to both D and L for agreeing to be interviewed and permissions to use their photos of their Adirondack Socks.