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knitqueen
07-21-2005, 03:36 PM
I am reeeeeeally getting into knitting socks, since discovering the magic loop method. LOVE it!!! :heart: :heart: :heart:

I haven't made very many yet, but the ones I have are all very basic and plain. I like them, but they are very plain.

I am working on the second sock of two different pairs. The first sock I ever made was the 56 Stitch 56 Row Sock (http://www.knittingnow.com/patterns/pattern_56StitchSock.asp). I really like it, and just FINALLY re-started the second sock yesterday. I just couldn't tolerate the dpns anymore so I frogged it and started with magic loop. Going much faster.

I also made one of a pair of this pattern (http://www.canadianliving.com/CanadianLiving/client/en/Crafts/DetailNews.asp?idNews=1714&idSM=307) in 100% wool, dark grey with an orange heel and toe. It knitted up really fast on size 6 needles and I'm about half way through the leg portion of the second sock.

The next one I have on my plans is the Twisted Sock (http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx?itemid=50397220&yarnid=5420119) from knitpicks, which will be a bit more challenging for me because I'm not great at lots of ribbing, but a challenge is always a good thing, right??? :thumbsup:

SOOOO, now that I'm all into socks, I'd like to hear what have been your favorite patterns.

:XX:

rebecca
07-21-2005, 03:57 PM
I love the socks here (http://www.colby.edu/personal/l/leosborn/anniversox.htm); I made them for my daughter's Easter basket; they turned out quite lovely. Just let me know if you would like to see them & I'll see if I have a pic. They were my 1st project using a cable needle and it was really quite easy
I just remembered [url]these (http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/KidMerino-socks1.html); I ordered the yarn from [url]www.simplysockyarn.com in the color 'circus' I believe, it's a multi-color with primary, fun colors...those will be very cool 8-)

knitqueen
07-21-2005, 04:01 PM
Oooooh, I think I remember you posting that before, someone did anyway. Really neat. I've done a bit with cables so I think I could do it. I'll add it to my list!!!

rebecca
07-21-2005, 04:04 PM
I think I did, too...I probably posted the pink ones, too, bc they are just too, too cute. And I have these sock books here that I wish I could 'beam up' to you, but, alas, we are not on the Enterprise ( I love Star Trek!)
Live long and prosper.. :roflhard: :rofling: I mean...Knit long and prosper :roflhard: :rofling: :rofling:

MaryS
07-21-2005, 04:24 PM
Rebecca,

Did you hear the news that Scotty has gone to the last engine room in the sky? Beam me up. I'm a Trekker too.

Mary

MaryS
07-21-2005, 04:36 PM
knitqueen,

I'm currently working on my first pair of socks and I'm using the Peter's Socks pattern from Debbie Macomber's book "A Good Yarn". In the book the pattern is written for BOTH dpns and two circ methods. I haven't been brave enough to try two circs yet. I want to figure out turning a heel with dpns first.

BTW tell Owen HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! (a little late)

Mary

rebecca
07-21-2005, 05:39 PM
WOW...I didn't know about :( Scottie...I bet dh does and forgot to tell me. That makes me sad. Then I just thought about watching reruns of the original shows with all of their 'special effects' :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: ...they looked so 'real'..'Quick, Quick, Spock, hide behind that painted piece of cardboard, over there on the side where you can see it was cut!!!' :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:
I'm sorry, no disrespect intended toward Scottie...he was one of my faves; he could make things out of nothing much better than McGuyver!!
Scottie ROCKS!!

Marnie
07-22-2005, 12:00 AM
I'm just venturing into serious sock knitting. I've read articles on the technique and designed plenty of garments, but I've never really been a sock knitter.
If you want to see my first little sock, you can check out my blog:
http://marniemaclean.com/words/2005/07/is-that-what-i-think-it-is.html
I plan to offer a pattern shortly for it.

Personally, I like working short row toes and heels because there is no seaming and you can try on the sock as you go (this is generally a toe up technique, but not always)

that's my 2

knitqueen
07-22-2005, 01:02 AM
Thanks everyone.

I worked like MAD on my second 56 Stitch 56 Row sock today and just figured out that I did over 2700 stitches on that sock alone, just today :shock: . It's sometimes shocking how many stitches it actually is when you figure it out.

And Marnie, WOW, I'm amazed at that sock you have designed!!! :notworthy: I'd definitely be going with the NON-ribbing version! :lol:

rebecca
07-22-2005, 01:09 AM
Marnie, sweetie, your '1st little sock' is AMAZING!!!! My goodness, it is lovely :D . I forsee many sock designs in your future....many, many. This makes me a :cheering: :cheering: happy, happy girl; I'm afraid that I have ulterior motives....I love to knit socks :D .
You, my dear, are a wonderful designer, I've seen many of your designs and love them all and I'm sure that your socks will not disappoint ;).

beldaraan
07-22-2005, 01:46 AM
I have a few socks stored in my favs:

Gotta love John's Anniversox (http://www.colby.edu/personal/l/leosborn/anniversox.htm) like Rebecca :)

Long Spiral Socks (http://cdevine.typepad.com/photos/socks_and_small_knits/longsprll.html)

Moonlight Slipper Sock (http://www.knittingpureandsimple.com/free.html)

Tulip Socks (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/PATTtiptoe.html)

Marnie
07-22-2005, 11:05 AM
Marnie, sweetie, your '1st little sock' is AMAZING!!!! My goodness, it is lovely :D . I forsee many sock designs in your future....many, many. This makes me a :cheering: :cheering: happy, happy girl; I'm afraid that I have ulterior motives....I love to knit socks :D .
You, my dear, are a wonderful designer, I've seen many of your designs and love them all and I'm sure that your socks will not disappoint ;).

:blush: :heart:

Aww, you flatter me, thanks.
Luckily, it appears that sock construction at it's most basic is pretty straight forward which means it's far easier to design than some other garments. :thumbsup:

rebecca
07-22-2005, 12:05 PM
Beld, I love all of those socks, too...I've ALWAYS loved those Tulips...I must knit those one day, put them on my loooonnng socks to be knitted list!!
I said it cause I meant it, Marnie :D . And, yep...I'm with ya on that about the sock design ;) , Marnie...lol!!

punkhippiemom
07-23-2005, 10:15 AM
OK, I've never knit w/DPN's, and I've never made a sock - anyone recommend a good (ie, easy!!) pattern?

wildforyarn
07-23-2005, 11:08 AM
Good question! I knit with DPN's in a class once and kept getting them all turned around everytime I started on them. Grrr! I would love an easy, basic sock that would stay up and I could make without too many tears.

OT, evertime I think of making socks that stay up I think of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine has to get Mr. Pitt socks and she tries and tries but there is always something wrong. :roflhard: A good, comfortable sock, that is not too tight that stays up. Aaahhhh, to make a pair of those someday! :D

knitqueen
07-23-2005, 11:54 AM
There's really no way around the awkwardness of dpn's at first. You eventually get the hang of what's the most comfortable way to hold them, and really with dpn's it's just practise and practise and more practise that makes the most difference. The first sock that I made was from the free patterns section of this site, called the 56 stitch 56 row sock. It was really basic. Only 16 rounds of ribbing at the top, and then just plain old stockinette. OR, another one that I have made that is a great practise one because it is small, is the North Country Cotton Baby Sock, also from the free patterns section of this site.

rebecca
07-23-2005, 01:09 PM
I canNOT :shock: believe that I forgot to include [url]THESE (http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx?itemid=50395220&yarnid=5420119) as my MOST FAVORITE sock pattern.....EVER!!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

rebecca
07-23-2005, 01:31 PM
1st of all I would suggest that you start off with larger dpns like sizes 6 to 8 with larger yarns such as sport or worsted wt. for your 1st sock and practice. Before attempting to make the sock, familiarize yourself with the dpns. I am going to link several tutorials to you.
I would suggest that you girls look at the videos on this site about working with dpns under advanced techniques.
http://diynet.com/diy/shows_dkng/episode/0,2046,DIY_18180_36323,00.html This episode of Knitty Gritty has a good deal of material and a couple of videos showing sock knitting
http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Beginning.htm This one was made by Silver, one of our moderators here, so she can answer questions you may have.
http://www.knittingatknoon.com/demos.html Here u have some sock videos
http://www.knittingatknoon.com/demos.html Another tutorial
http://www.knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/profile/011018_a.asp a good article
I think that this should get you started.

InterNette
07-23-2005, 01:31 PM
I dont know why, I think socks look hard and I feel intimadated and havent ventured into this area of patterns. How hard are they for a beginner?

rebecca
07-23-2005, 01:48 PM
InterNette, just read and watch the tutorials that I just posted and get familiar with it. I was deathly afraid of knitting socks a little over 6 months ago and I read a couple of tutorials and I watched that episode of Knitty Gritty that I linked, too. AND, after I saw Karen Baumer knitting a sock on knitty gritty, it all began to make sense. Just get familiar with dpns, not the size that you normally use for socks, either, but like I said, size 7 or 8 and some worsted weight yarn...practice. It's really easy, even though you are working with 4 or 5 dpns, depending upon the pattern, you are still only knitting with 2 of them, just like u do when you are knitting with 2 single point needles, when u finish with one, u just move to the next one when working with dpns, just give a little tug between needles...all this is explained in the videos and tutorials that I linked right before you. If I can learn to knit socks...so can you...it's fun...it's easy!! I've been knitting socks for a little over 6 months and it's my favorite thing to knit....watch and read the tutorials and give it a try; trust me :D
I forgot to tell you, i had only been knitting for around 6 months when I 1st tried socks, so I was a beginner, too.

Rennagayle
07-23-2005, 03:42 PM
Determine to stick with the dpn's for at least 30 minutes on your next try. The first time I finally got up the nerve to try them (I think it was because KK bullied me :fingerwag: ), I was ready to throw them away, and run screaming from the house, within the first few minutes. I had to really pep talk myself to stay at it. Amazingly, after about 20 minutes, it just clicked. :figureditout: Then, it became fun! :thumbsup:

You seriously do just concentrate on using two needles, letting the others dangle in place (with the yarn securely on them, of course). Give it a try, InterNette! ;)

punkhippiemom
07-26-2005, 01:36 PM
I canNOT :shock: believe that I forgot to include [url]THESE (http://www.knitpicks.com/Projects/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx?itemid=50395220&yarnid=5420119) as my MOST FAVORITE sock pattern.....EVER!!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

:shock: I LOVE them!
I really love eyecatching socks (DH calls them "ugly", but all he ever wears is plain white cotton ones, so we agree to disagree on that...)

I decided I wanted to try socks because my husband is a sock FREAK. He buys new socks as often as possible, and actually asks me for socks for his Christmas present every year...
I'm hoping that if I can make him some that are a little more durable, he won't have to keep buying new ones... but this may just end up being my very first "for me" project... The more patterns I look up, the more I covet LOL :inlove:
can't wait to try some of the self-striping yarn :thinking: Wonder if they have it in lime green....

Anyway, thanks for all the great ideas and lessons - (takes a deep breath)- I have my Size7dpn's, my yarn, and my courage, here I go....

rebecca
07-26-2005, 03:49 PM
Okay, now from one Rebecca to the other, you tell your dh that your Rebecca friend on knittinghelp.com designed those socks that he says are ugly ...and give him a tiny (not hurtful, really) pinch from :devil: ME! ;) !
And, thank :angelgrin: YOU for liking my socks :D ! You have made me :blush: for liking them, I am rather proud of them, as if they were my 'babies' or something...lol!! It's really very, very nice & humbling :blush: when your friends (as everyone on here has done :D ) say such nice things about something that you've made.
Okay, I'm kidding about doing bodily harm to your dh...lol...sorta :roflhard: :rofling:
I'm going to make my sweet, sweet husband some socks, too. I've not yet made him any. An old friend gifted us with this luscious yarn (handpainted mountain colors, I think is the name...but it's yummy) for me to knit my honey some nice socks bc he did a favor for her. I really wanted socks out of that yarn...but it is manly & if he likes the feel of them he will be getting many, many pairs especially since knitpicks came out with their solid colored sock yarn :drooling: And since sock knitting is FUN and I don't give my socks to just anybody...he will be getting many, many of the man socks

punkhippiemom
07-28-2005, 12:00 AM
I pinched him all right, but just cuz he's got a cute... :fingerwag: Oh never mind... :oops:

LOL Just to clarify - He wasn't saying that YOUR socks were ugly, just the socks I like in general - I have a thing for bright colors and stripes, (I had one pair he called my wicked witch of the west socks, they were three different shades of bright green, and black :crying: They faded, and I had to let go....)and I LOOOVE those toe sock things :inlove: He thinks I'm twisted...

I pretty much got the hang of dpns right away-my first try I twisted the rows when I joined and had to frog it, but the second tryI actually made a sock-type thing... I wanted to get the techniques down, and I'm pretty sure I've got it... LOL I was going to have DH model the little thingy I made, just for fun, but the stumpy little thing wouldn't fit :roflhard: I can't wait to make some real ones...

I would love to see some manly socks... I saw a pattern for kilt hose that I liked, but the cables would make them a little hard to wear w/ shoes...although the kilt thing might be kind of cool... :devil: