Broken seed stitch socks and the first steps in knitting for a 7 year old

At the end of August I finally finished the pair of socks I started back in February. At times I didn’t think I’d ever finish them. The pattern is Broken Seed Stitch Socks, a free download on Ravelry. This wasn’t my first choice of pattern.

Broken Seed Socks

Broken Seed Socks

I thought I’d stretch myself with sock knitting this year and try a more complicated pattern. The first pattern I tried was Kyma, there is a fee to download this one from Ravelry but was on offer for free when I was searching for a pattern earlier in the year. I tried knitting a swatch before starting the sock but I just couldn’t get it right. There are holes in the pattern and it just wasn’t working for me. So the next pattern I looked at was My Cup Of Tea socks, also on Ravelry. No holes so I thought just maybe I could manage it. My practice swatch worked out ok-ish but when I started on the real thing I got stuck on row two of the pattern and gave up.

the pattern at the bottom is the Kyma and 'my cup of tea' is the top pattern - neither really working out well

the pattern at the bottom is the Kyma and ‘my cup of tea’ is the top pattern – neither really working out well

That’s when I settled on the Broken Seed Stitch. I had the plain blue yarn which was from Red Heart ordered from Love Knitting so I also needed a variegated yarn. I found the same quality from Red Heart and it had the same denim blue colour in. Broken Seed stitch is just a mix of knit & purl stitches so I couldn’t really go wrong.

I did find if a faff having the two balls of yarn, which kept getting twisted and they were both 100gm balls which was way more than I needed for one pair. I lost the momentum and they dragged on for months. I’m pleased with them now they are done but I’m a little bit disillusioned with my sock knitting. I find I never quite get a perfect fit. They normally turn out slightly too long despite trying hard to get the length right. Then they are also slightly too loose.  Out of the socks I’ve knitted for myself the best pair have been these plain grey Hermione’s every day socks. Maybe it was the yarn which is cotton based so the socks aren’t too ‘wooly’ and thick. I knit socks for myself using 60 stitches and I think using 2.5 needles. So it could be the case I either go down to 56 or use smaller needles?

I was also a bit fed up that I was incapable of knitting a pattern, neither of the ones I initially chose looked that difficult. Then I remembered how much I love knitting cables. At the beginning of the year I found this jumper in a suitcase in the attic. I remember knitting this in my early 20’s so over 20 years ago (!) I gave it a wash and it became my house jumper to keep out the chills in the winter months.

Cable Patterned Jumper

Cable Patterned Jumper

Anyway – my 7 year old daughter has been asking me to teach her to knit and at the weekend she was watching CBBC and there is a programme called ‘how to be epic @ everything’ and they had a lady called Suzie showing you how to speed knit. (if you watch the link it starts at 2.55 mins). It does only last 2 mins but shows casting on and the knit stitch. It was enough to give me the push to get my daughter some big needles and a ball of wool. I cast the stitches on for her as I remember I didn’t learn this at first and we spent a quiet half hour slowly going through the steps of the knit stitch.

So far so good and she is knitting a blanket for her teddy.

First steps in knitting....

First steps in knitting….

We started with 18 stitches but now at 21....

We started with 18 stitches but now at 21….

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6 thoughts on “Broken seed stitch socks and the first steps in knitting for a 7 year old

  1. Aww, bless her little heart! My granny tried very hard to teach me to knit when I was her age – Gran was awesome; blind in one eye, and could knit Fairisle whilst deep in conversation and with her good eye on the TV! Sadly, I proved to be a huge letdown, and I’ve never managed to progress beyond the dishcloth stage, although I can both knit and purl very neatly. It’s trying to follow a pattern that does my head in – too much maths involved for this tiny brain lol!
    Anyhoo, I feel your little one has a head start with you as a teacher, and I love your new socks too!.

    • Thanks, she’s picked up the basics OK and I’m glad she has an interest. I’m sure it won’t be long until she wants to go on the sewing machine. I was in Abakhan’s fabric shop in Manchester yesterday and I overheard an older lady telling the shop assistant that the youngsters these days just don’t want to learn but I don’t think that’s true at all. There’s a lot going on out there. She was bemoaning the fact that her daughter couldn’t sewn on a button.

      • Its funny – when I was in the Sewing Guild in Australia, all the older ladies (I was the youngest in the group, no surprises) would bemoan the lack of younger interest. Every time we had a display at a show people would come up and ask if we did lessons. Every time the older ladies had an excuse as to why we couldn’t offer lessons. (Shrug). Interestingly, I did teach a group of girls around 11 years old to make a doll. Its funny because we think of girls at that age as getting a bit past dolls, but then dolls were traditionally intended for learning skills. When the skills disappeared out of the play, they got dull. Put it back in and it’s interesting again.

        I quite like the seed stitch socks, and I’ve learned something. I had to go and have a look at a cardigan of mine to check, it was indeed seed stitch. 🙂

      • all my daughters friends are quite interested in learning to sew and knit. it’s just capturing them at the right time. I like the look of the seed stitch but broken seed with 2 ball is something that I’m not in a hurry to try again1

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