Meet the Dublin Knit Collective is a new series of articles of who’s who in the Dublin knitting community.
Handknit Handcrochet Socks (Part 1)
My search of crocheted socks in Dublin began with Ravelry and brought me to flick, a.k.a. Aoibhe, a twentysomething fiberista, who not only crochets, but spins and knits her way through her fibre stash. She also imparts her expertise on the fine art of crochet to eager students at This is Knit. As a non-crocheter, myself, I read her blog regularly, so I can live vicariously through her crocheted adventures.
Aoibhe started crocheting in her teenaged years and took up knitting two years ago, however, the crochet hook has distracted her from the knitting needles. As an accomplished crocheter, a collection of her designs will feature this year in Inside Crochet Issues 15 and 16, and an additional two more later in the year.
Designing at her best occurs when she just picks up her hook and crochets away. Tullow is her first sock pattern which can be downloaded on Ravelry (she’s offering it for free for the next two weeks). She came up with this pattern when she ran out of projects at one of the fort-nightly meet ups at the Fibre Fun Fridays in Dublin. With a ball of yarn, a crochet hook, and a bit of Fibre Fun Friday craic, Tullow became a short-row heel. Then, grew into a full sock the following day.
I asked, Aoibhe, what is the allure of crochet sock-making? It’s fast and with determination, you’ll finish a crochet sock in a day. It comes out looking cozy, impressive and shapely.
So, what keeps her creativity and passion going? The “sock song”, came to her one day and and is now her theme song whenever she makes socks:
Sung to the Spiderman theme tune:
“Sock are cool, sock are warm.
I like to make ‘em out of yarn.
When I put them on,
my little feet,
I feel the heat.
Oh-oh, making socks out of yarn!”
(photo and sock song lyrics reprinted with permission)
Coming soon: part two of
Handknit Handcrochet Socks.