I have suffered from Second Sock Syndrome for as long as I have been a knitter. It’s not that I don’t like knitting socks – in fact, I really do enjoy making them! – but there’s just something about having to make a second one.
SECOND SOCK SYNDROME /ˈsekənd/ /säk/ /ˈsinˌdrōm/ noun
A common affliction among sock knitters resulting in only one finished sock and no motivation to make a second.
No matter how hard I try or what promises I make, my stack of single socks continues to grow. I’ve tried rallying my family to keep from starting another project until I’ve finished the pair. I’ve tried to knit socks two at a time (TAAT). I’ve even tried to knit them shorter. Nothing works.
Until now. I have found my cure to Second Sock Syndrome!
It might be a little unusual, and definitely not traditional, but my new method has given me the opportunity to wear a pair of socks and, for me, that’s success.
The cure to Second Sock Syndrome is simple enough:
With one skein of sock yarn, knit a sock in whatever pattern you choose. Then, instead of knitting the second sock, put the yarn on hold. When you find another sock pattern you want to knit, use the on-hold-yarn to knit one sock. You will now have two socks made with the same yarn.
Of course, your socks won’t have the same pattern, but they will appear to be matching at first glance And since you wear them on different feet and sometimes tucked away in shoes, your sock hack may go unnoticed. Let the same color yarn be the characteristic that ties them together. And if someone does notice (and let’s be honest, it will probably be a knitter), you have a great story to tell.
Tips for success:
- After finishing the first sock, package the sock, pattern, and leftover yarn in a project bag. Do this for the obvious reason of not losing anything, but also so that you can reference the first pattern for any size details.
- Take notes! Mark what size you made, what needle size you used, or if you made any tweaks to the pattern.
- You might have to deviate from the pattern a bit, but make your socks the same height. You want your socks to appear to be the same, and nothing is more obvious than two different sized socks.
- Like above, work the cuffs the same on each sock. One might call for a 1×1 rib and the other might call for a 2×2 rib, but choose to make them the same. The same cuff, much like the color, will give your socks a more cohesive feel.
There are very few “rules” to making your Mis-Matched SSS Cure socks (we’re still workshopping the name). You might have one toe-up and one cuff-down sock. Or you might have a vanilla sock and a patterned sock. But as long as you have a pair of socks you can wear confidently, consider yourself cured!
Now…anyone know how to get off Sleeve Island?