A couple of weeks ago, my husband told me that his wool socks I had knit him a few years ago had developed a hole. He requested that I make him a new pair since he wears them every night.
Well, it turned out it was MUCH more than a hole. It was beyond repair.
Since I had hand-knit the “broken” socks, and it took me like 2 months to do it, I decided this time to machine knit them. It’s such a shame to spend so much time hand knitting something that nobody is going to see, and it’s going to get worn until it looks like it was run through a blender.
While I am on that soapbox, I know that some people think that machine knitting is cheating. I do know how to hand knit. So it’s not like I couldn’t do it either way. I could sew a quilt by hand too, but I choose to use my sewing machine because it goes MUCH faster. Same as it takes a different set of skills to hand quilt vs machine quilt, likewise machine and hand knitting are two very different skill-sets. The machines do not automatically knit anything. You have to learn how to operate it and you manually pass the yarn carriage over the needles, manipulating the pattern manually with a series of hand tools. There are many mishaps that can occur along the way, and you have to watch closely so you can resolve them as they occur. You have to learn the techniques for doing things like cables, lace, ribbing, and so forth. There really is a lot to it, and it’s not something that you learn overnight.
That said, if I were knitting socks that someone might actually see someday, I would hand knit them. My knitting machine only knits flat, so that results in a seam. If you look closely at the following pictures, you can see it. But for bed socks, who cares? It took me a whole 2 hours to knit a pair of socks. (and another 1/2 hour to sew them up) – What is not to love about that?
Worsted Acrylic Bed Socks (Mens Size 10)