|Knitted Chenille Bed Socks for Children|
A look through the yarn collection for something suitable yielded some chenille yarn in white and pink. Having already made an animal security blanket / lovey out of the white chenille, I know how hard it is to work with, but I knew that pink chenille was just the thing for the fluffiest, cuddliest, warmest, girlyest bed-socks for a 3 year old.
My next task was to track down a pattern for chenille bed-socks for kids suitable to a sock knitter newbie. Nothing too specific there right? My first dilemma was the thickness of the chenille. The packet made no indication, but I'm sure all chenille yarns are not created equal. Patterns for chenille socks used all sorts of needle sizes. In the end I went with the knitting needle width suggestion on the packet - 5.0mm and looked for a pattern for chenille socks for 5.0mm knitting needles.
The pattern gods must have been smiling down on me that day! In retrospect I feel like I found a pattern which sums up many years of sock making wisdom. The choices for cast-on, toe, wedge, and heel all seem so perfect. If it gave a bit of direction with the cast off and had the correct number of stitches to cast on, it would be without flaw. I highly recommend the pattern, just cast on 12 (6 each side) instead of 10 and Google a stretchy cast off when you get to that stage. Oh and it is FREE! You can find the chenille sock pattern I used on Ravelry.
The instructions say the pattern is suitable for a beginner sock knitter. I absolutely agree with this, but I'm not sure how I feel about using chenille for a first sock. On one hand, chenille makes for the warmest, fluffiest socks - just the thing for bed socks. But chenille is oh-so-hard to fix if things go wrong - all you can see is fluff and it is incredibly difficult to "read" your knitting. But if you do make mistakes, fluff is good at hiding them. Definitely don't try chenille if you are new to knitting, socks are difficult enough.
I have a very happy little girl, and I'm very happy with my first successful socks! I made them a little big so they hopefully fit her for a few years, but otherwise they fit her perfectly. Following on from my success with these socks, I might even get that sock yarn out from my first failed attempt at making a sock and try again!