I love knit socks, and I really want to make more of them as the cool weather comes on. My latest book has five pairs of colorwork socks in them, and one of my favorites is the intarsia pair, worked with polka dots down the leg.
To work intarsia you have to (or at least it’s a lot easier to) work flat, so I worked the leg part flat, then worked the heel and joined in the round to knit the foot in plain Stockinette. I like not having a seam on the part that’s in the shoe, because I think it makes a more durable and comfortable sock.
That said, I’m still intrigued by a completely knit flat sock, like this one from Zoom Yummy (hat tip to Make for this one). You come out with this pretty long, strange-looking piece of knitting, but folded up and seamed along the sides it makes a sock.
The pattern is in worsted/medium weight yarn and for a woman’s size 9 foot, but she explains how to alter the pattern to fit your foot if you happen to be a different size.
Have you ever knit socks flat? I’d love to hear about it!
[Photo via Zoom Yummy.]