I spent the majority of yesterday paralyzed by all of the choosing going on around me. Nothing seemed to go to plan and I spent a lot of time knitting (because at least I could do that!). I wove in the ends on the test-knit and knitted another few rows on the November design, as well as knitting up a little swatch for the November Knitter’s Almanac project: the Moccasin socks.

Elizabeth Zimmerman’s idea behind the Moccasin socks comes from years of darning holes in places where the reinforcing thread can’t reach effectively. These socks are knitted completely top-down, starting with the cuff and ending with the sole of the sock. Literally, the center of the bottom of the sock is the last thing that gets knitted. Since the bottom of the sock is knitted last, then you can join in the reinforcing thread and run it throughout the entire sole of the sock without having it run across the instep.

Completely weird and outside of my experience. As soon as I started reading the instructions, I knew I would need to knit a pair of these wacky socks.  They are knitted flat and seamed!

How will that work? Will they be comfortable to wear? My curiosity burns!

My plan is to knit the socks as close to written as possible. The sock yarn in my temporary stash all runs to fingering weight and her gauge calls for 6 stitches to the inch which sends me to more of a sport or dk weight yarn. Luckily, she includes more of a recipe as well as exact instructions, so I can create a sock which will work with the yarn I have.

I knitted and blocked the swatch yesterday and came up with this:

Moccasin Swatch

I got 23.5 stitches to 3 inches which is roughly 8 stitches per inch. Since that’s a normal sock gauge for me, I’m going to stick with it.

I’m sure you noticed from my picture that I’ve picked a self-striping yarn to make these socks. When I dug it out of my stash yesterday, I couldn’t resist. The stripes will really point out how these unusual socks are constructed and show me the way if I ever need to rip back and re-knit the sock soles again (another part of her strategy).

I can’t believe I’m going to do this. Knitting socks flat.

I hope they don’t hurt my feet.

What an experiment!