Knitting socks on the machine involves seven different manipulations. At every point, something can go wrong but when finished, they are so soft and warm and the fit is magnificent. These socks are made top down, starting from the rib This is knitted with the high vis reflective thread Once knitted, half the ribbing is moved to the main bed to allow for circular knitting Circular knitting produces a product without any sides seams You then knit the leg, shortrow the heel, knit the foot, short row the toe and this is what the sock looks like when you take it off the machine. As you can see, you need quite alot of weight when circular knitting which is why I always wear these fashionable steel-capped toe slip ons! Once both socks are knitted they look like this they then need to be sewn; kitchener stitch for the toes and blanket stitch for the ribbing After that the socks are washed and blocked to give them their final shape and here they are! Each pair takes about 5 hours to make, start to finish.