Handmade socks are so good because they are not only unique and one-of-a-kind, but they are also made with care and attention to detail. When you knit your own socks, you have the ability to choose the yarn and the colors that you want, making the socks personal and special. Additionally, handmade socks are often made with higher-quality materials than store-bought socks, making them more durable and comfortable to wear.
Do you need to block your handmade socks? If so how?
Blocking is not strictly necessary for handmade socks, but it can be beneficial in some cases. Blocking can help even out the stitches, reshape the sock to its intended shape, and even out the tension in the yarn.
If you choose to block your handmade socks, you can do so by steaming or wet blocking. To steam block, hold the sock over a steaming kettle or a pot of simmering water, and use a pressing cloth to press the steam into the fibers of the sock. To wet block, immerse the sock in lukewarm water and gently squeeze out the excess water, then lay the sock flat on a blocking surface, such as a towel, and reshape it to the desired size and shape. Leave the sock to dry completely before moving it.
It’s important to note that some yarns may not respond well to blocking, such as superwash wool, synthetic fibers, and yarns with a lot of nylon or acrylic. It’s always a good idea to check the care instructions for the yarn you are using before blocking your handmade socks.