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Hsiaokuo62
10-07-2006, 01:13 PM
Anybody know of something along the lines of *knittingfool* only for socks??

Jan in CA
10-07-2006, 01:47 PM
I answered in your blog, but for anyone else who is reading this, too...

Scroll down there are 6 of them here!
Pattern Generators (http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lu-generators.php)

janelanespaintbrush
10-07-2006, 02:56 PM
Well, you already have plenty to choose from, but here's one more that I've had bookmarked (haven't tried it): Arachne sock calculator (http://www.panix.com/%7eilaine/socks.html).

Hsiaokuo62
10-07-2006, 05:20 PM
Wow, thanks Jan and Jane! Can't wait to jump in! :notworthy:

Hsiaokuo62
10-08-2006, 10:28 AM
I checked out those sock generators and they are pretty cool. I have some more questions though. I'd like to be able to put in design features like ribs all the way through, and have directions generated for turning the heel when you have a different # of sts than the orig pattern calls for.

Has anyone tried Sock Wizard software for this? I see it in the KP catalog. KP also has a book called Sensational Knitted Socks which SOUNDS like it would tell you exactly what to do when you change gauge (and number of sts) - because as far as Ican tell its the turning the heel part that is hard to figure out if you have a different # of sts than the pattern calls for. I get how you need to multiples of 4 or whatever if you are working in pattern, and from the DIY Knitty Gritty I found the formula for how many sts to cast on based on the width of your feet.

I submitted a request to join a sock group on Yahoo so we will see what comes of that.

janelanespaintbrush
10-08-2006, 11:19 AM
Here (http://www.amazon.com/Sensational-Knitted-Socks-Charlene-Schurch/dp/1564775704/sr=8-1/qid=1160320060/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-6149084-7945641?ie=UTF8&s=books) a link to amazon's reviews of the book in case you haven't read them already. I've paged through it and it seems to contain the kind of info you're looking for. Please share whatever you learn about the software, though. You've piqued my interest. ;)

Jan in CA
10-08-2006, 12:48 PM
You can try the Sock Wizard software for free and see how it works. Some elements of the software may be disabled, but you should get a good idea. I tried that with the Sweater Wizard and now I want it!!

Sock Wizard demo (http://www.software4knitting.com/psockwizard/sockwizdem.htm)

Hsiaokuo62
10-08-2006, 02:52 PM
Jan and Jane, you've come through again! :yay: I was about to check out the reviews at Amazon - also of another book called Simple socks plain and fancy when my server went down. Just checked in here on my way out to lunch w/ the fam - server up now- will definitely check it all out when I get back!
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janelanespaintbrush
10-08-2006, 06:51 PM
Jan and Jane, you've come through again! :yay: I was about to check out the reviews at Amazon - also of another book called Simple socks plain and fancy when my server went down. Just checked in here on my way out to lunch w/ the fam - server up now- will definitely check it all out when I get back!
:hug: [/b]

I like Sensational Knitted Socks better than Simple Socks. Simple pretty much just shows you how to make socks with an hourglass heel (made with yarn over short rows) on DPNs. Sensational has a few different heels and toes, and gives you specific step-by-step instructions that you can follow by using the number of stitches in your chosen stitch pattern, your gauge, and your foot circumference. You can use DPNs or 2 circs. Simple pretty much just outlines one technique and gives a few variations on it, like how to make various stripes (oh boy). Some people really like the hourglass heel, but if you want to learn it, I think there are free resources on the internet that give instructions. If you just want to buy one book, I'd go for Sensational. It's packed with so much more info. JMO, of course.

Hsiaokuo62
10-08-2006, 10:14 PM
I looked at the sock wizard demo and it looks very cool. My only question is when I looked at the help manual, the toe styles all looked unfamiliar to me. Have you guys looked at that? The socks I have made have decreases on each side of the toe until you have about 6 sts left, then you use kitchener st to finish. The sock wizard toes have some kind of thing in the middle of the toe, like a thick line or band. One is a *star* finish I have noticed on a KP pattern that really looks odd to me.

I'm curious as to what you make of this! :??

Jane thanks for the tip on sensational vs simple socks. I'm probably going to get the sensational socks book.

Calamintha
10-13-2006, 08:42 PM
I have the Sock Wizard software and use it a lot. It works great. The socks always fit. I always use the normal regular toe although it does do toe up also. But there is nothing odd about the toe.

I like the fact that it gives instructions not only for dpns but also for 2 circular needles. Their explanation of doing socks on 2 circs is less complicated than the method used by Cat Bordhi in Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. It does not however give you different stitch patterns to use with the socks although it does give you the repeat number so if you have any stitch dictionaries you can pick some out yourself.

Sensational Knitted Socks is my favorite sock book. I recommend it highly and it does give you a choice of different stitch patterns to use with the various sock patterns.

Hsiaokuo62
10-13-2006, 10:00 PM
Thanks Calamintha! I started a new pair of socks yesterday with just my own fiddling since my copy of Sensational Socks has not arrived. I decided to use Silver's Tutorial and keep the number of sts they recommend, but use #1 needles instead of #2s. I started with 1" of 1x1 ribbing and went to a seed st rib, as used in the "Thuja" pattern on Knitty.com. I could not use the Thuja pattern itself because it calls for heavier yarn and is for a man's foot. So far its looking nice :)

I'm looking forward to the book and will consider the software!!