One Skein Sockettes

My son asked for a pair of red ankle socks, so I got a couple skeins of Lang Jawoll sock yarn at Cottage Yarn yesterday. The yarn is a BEAUTIFUL deep red.

As usual, I’m using dpns, and making both socks at the same time.

I think this is gonna be a nice, quick knit. :thumbsup:

Here’s a link to the pattern:

Oh how pretty!! How do you knit both at the same time? Do a row on one then on the other? Or a few rows at a time? Very interesting!

Shandeh, are you also knitting the whole sock with the reinforcing thread?

That yarn is gorgeous - lucky son!

Thanks! I just knit one row at a time. I like using the metal size 2 dpns, because they are different colors. I always start the new row with the blue set, and end it with the red one. (Red means “stop” :teehee:) That way, if I have to set it down, I’ll know EXACTLY where I was in the pattern when I come back to it.

Nope. Just the heels and toes. I’m working on the heels now, because the ribbing for the anklets is so short.

Thank you, my friend! :hug:

Another one for my sock pattern binder.

I do the same thing with stitch markers–red means stop end of round.


Beautiful color!

Where can I learn more about using reinforcing thread?


I’m using it for the first time myself, with these socks. I’m thinking that it will keep my son from wearing out the heel and toes too soon. Time will tell.

All you do is add the reinforcing thread along with the regular sock yarn when you start the heel. You’ll do the same thing when it’s time to do the decreases for the toe.

I found an online article about sock reinforcing thread here:

And I also found where you can order reinforcing thread to match your existing sock yarn here:

But, I like the Lang Jawoll yarn and Froehlich Wolle Blauband Maxi Ringel from Switzerland, because they both include reinforcing thread which is dyed to match! :thumbsup:

Here’s a photo of the Swiss sock yarn:

Sandy, they’re so pretty! I :heart: red! You are an amazing knitter! :notworthy:

Awww that’s so SWEET to say! :aww:
But, I just feel like an average knitter. :teehee:

Today, I spent another hour working on the socks, and have gotten about halfway through the heel flaps. I’ll probably finish the flaps tonight and start shaping the heel and picking up stitches. Then, I’ll post another photo. :wink:

I took myself to Cottage Yarn today, and worked on the socks a bit more. Now, I have finished turning the heel, picked up the side stitches, and started decreasing for the foot!

That really is just a sinfully gorgeous shade of red! They look great so far, can’t wait to see your progress. Thanks for the tip on the reinforcing thread, I’ve seen it mentioned various places but never knew exactly how to do it!! :lol:

I love that yarn more and more as I’m using it. The red is such a deep shade…so warm and rich and wonderful! :inlove:

I’m learning about the sock reinforcement thread as I go. I’ve been wondering about it for a long time, and there is NOT a lot of information online about it. So, I decided to be a “reinforcement thread guinea pig”.

Very cool socks! That is a beautiful color.

I also use DPNs and knit both socks at the same time, but I never thought of switching each row. Now you got me thinking…Usually I do a section at a time then switch.

Well, now I’m at the part where I’m decreasing every other row, and here is where I ALWAYS get confused.
Did I just do a decrease row, or a knit row? :??

So, if I make a mistake…this is the section where it will happen. :roll:

The problem is that I get involved watching something on TV, or listening to Marvin tell me something. Then I look down, and wonder, “What the heck am I knitting?” :teehee:

Yes…two years later…I’m still plugging along on these ankle socks! :teehee:

I think I might actually be decreasing for the toes soon. :roll:

Niiiiiice Sandy! And what a son! Someone who asks for a knit! I like that!

Here’s a quote from Silver’s Tut, is this what you are referring to?
If you put your work down and forget if you’re on a decrease row (knitting 2 together) or knit row (all knit), here’s a tip:
Look at the second stitch from the end (closest to needle #2) of needle #1 or #3 from the inside. If you see two stitches together as one stitch, your next row is a knit row. If you only see one stitch, your next row is a decreasing row