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Quiara
10-21-2006, 01:35 PM
I'm knitting a pair of socks for a friend who's had a series of several bad days. She's a knitter, so I know they'll be appreciated -- especially since she hasn't tackled socks yet, thinking they're "too hard." (I'm trying to convince her otherwise.)

Anyhow, I'm knitting one at a time w/my 40" US2 Addi Turbo and somehow, a size 2 just seems kind of "big" for this yarn (Regia jacquard), though I'm not a loose knitter or anything. But I've learned through this particular sock -- despite having knit tons of socks before and never feeling this way -- that I would enjoy making them on size 0 or smaller. This amazed me because I've never thought of myself as someone who would appreciate doing things at a very fine gauge; I love instant gratification. But it just seems like socks would be satisfying on very small needles. What's next? Lace? Seems like my entire knitting worldview is changing just because of one pair of socks.

Wanted to ramble about this a bit and this just seemed the place. What size do you use for your socks?

rebecca
10-21-2006, 09:31 PM
I adore knitting socks on size 0, my usual size is 2.5 mm, I would be more than willing to knit smaller than a 0, they would be very sturdy socks, this is certain.

Julie
10-21-2006, 09:35 PM
I never thought I'd want to knit on teeny needles, but this sock pattern, when it's released, may change my mind...scroll down about halfway through the post. White sock. Absolutely. Gorgeous.

http://www.knitanon.com/blog/archives/2006/10/20T001235#more

:inlove:

knitqueen
10-21-2006, 09:42 PM
I read in a book called something like "Cool Feet, Warm Socks" that you should knit socks at the tightest gauge that is possible for the yarn you are using. I have a size 0 needle that I should try socks on, I think they would be much better than others I have made with 1's or 2's.

earthchick
10-21-2006, 09:52 PM
OMG, Julie, those socks. WOW! I am drooling.....

I have had this thing for worsted weight socks, thinking they would have a thick, cushiony feel. Well, that, and the fact that when I first started knitting socks in February, I was afraid they would take a very long time on tiny needles and I would be discouraged.

This summer, I did the Simply Lovely Lace Socks from IK Spring 2006 and I fell in love with them. They were lace socks done with fingering weight yarn on size 0 needles. I was surprised at how much I loved working with those teeny little things.

Right now I'm on another pair of worsted weight, but I am definitely planning to use more teeny needles soon.

Calamintha
10-23-2006, 01:24 PM
But it just seems like socks would be satisfying on very small needles. What's next? Lace? ?

As a long time lace knitter I can tell you that you don't have to use teeny tiny needles for lace (thank heavens). Unless you make doilies with thread you can use a size 5 or 6 with laceweight yarn. I used smaller needles for socks than lace.

knitncook
10-23-2006, 01:31 PM
I read in a book called something like "Cool Feet, Warm Socks" that you should knit socks at the tightest gauge that is possible for the yarn you are using.

Oh I agree!! I made the pink ribbon socks for the Knitting Olympics in KP's Pallette on size 2 (yarn and pattern called for that size) and I was very disappointed. Made them again using size 0 and the next size up on the pattern and loved them. They were a much nicer sock even with the same wool!

Quiara
10-23-2006, 02:23 PM
But it just seems like socks would be satisfying on very small needles. What's next? Lace? ?

As a long time lace knitter I can tell you that you don't have to use teeny tiny needles for lace (thank heavens). Unless you make doilies with thread you can use a size 5 or 6 with laceweight yarn. I used smaller needles for socks than lace.

I just meant what wild urges am I going to have next. ^_^ I've never really been tempted to knit lace -- yet. But at this point, given my entirely random and newfound love for tiny needles, anything is possible.

rebecca
10-23-2006, 07:11 PM
I love lace designs, but I'm not very fond of lace wt yarn!

Julie, those socks are yummy!
I have seen a similar style, just recently, but I don't remember where!!! And, it's driving me much crazier than my norm...that's bad :roflhard: :rofl:

Shavon
10-23-2006, 07:38 PM
I'm new to this sock thing (for months I was one of those 'socks look too hard' people too!) so my first real pair I'm working on now are with worsted weight, size 6 needles. Which is fine now that winter is approaching, but I know eventually I'll want to try socks on smaller needles. It's just those tiny needles look so intimidating!

I have a question: for those of you who knit socks on small needles, do you use bamboo dpns? I normally like metal circular & straight needles, but I'm loving the wood dpns. It's just hard for me to imagine using wood needles that small, because I feel like I would break them! Has this actually happened to someone, or am I just imagining things? Should I start investing in some tiny metal dpns? :teehee:

rebecca
10-24-2006, 12:39 PM
Hi Shavon, I've always been a metal dpn user for socks, I knew I would pop those little dpns in a minute, so I just started with metal ones, I love them. I use Inox dpns for socks. I am now a convert in that I now knit socks on 2 circs, but, if I were still knitting on dpns, I'd go for KnitPicks new dpns...they are very slippery, though, they don't hold the sock yarn snuggly like wooden dpns.

Denise in Michigan
10-24-2006, 12:52 PM
I prefer metal dpns like Susan Bates Quicksilver or Inox over wooden ones because the pointy tips are better for fingering-weight sock yarns. I use size 2 most often, occasionally 1, rarely 0.

Denise in Michigan
10-24-2006, 12:54 PM
I prefer metal dpns like Susan Bates Quicksilver or Inox over wooden ones because the pointy tips are better for fingering-weight sock yarns. I use size 2 most often, occasionally 1, rarely 0.

VictoiseC
10-24-2006, 12:55 PM
Hi! I just finished a lacy sock yesterday that was laying around for months.
From the Sock Book (the one shaped like a sock). Size 2 needle. I like metal for socks, or maybe metal for little needles is what I mean.

That white sock is amazing Julie! Now that would take some time to finish.
You know, I was at the New York wool & sheep festival and this lady from Montana had this big thick wooly warm socks made out of natural wool (not dyed) and they just looked so inviting to put on in the winter. I'm sure those were made on oh, maybe 4 or 6 needles. So you don't have to use little needles to make socks depending on the yarn and what you want.

I'm going to try that next because this last (my first lacy) pair was a pain in the fingers.
Oh here's a picture of the sock I just finished but it's in my blog (scroll down a little) coz I can't find a picture of it any where else...

http://knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9559&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=60

A pair of knee socks, that's an enticing thought! hmmmm

ebrperk
10-24-2006, 01:45 PM
I personally use the bamboo and I really like them but I do have a set of KP Options in size 0 that I am planning on using as soon as I finish the pair I am making on size 1's. I am using some Sockotta from Plymouth and it makes a nice sturdy sock on size 1's

Shavon
10-24-2006, 05:34 PM
Woohoo, this makes me happy - I have been drooling over some of those Options circular and dpns for several weeks, and at least now I can tell myself I have a reason to start investing in some of these! :cheering: Those sizes 0 - 3 in Options dpns would be perfect because a size 3 is about as small I think I could be comfortable with in the bamboo. I guess this means I probably won't be using my 0, 1, and 2 size bamboo very much, but considering I got sets of 5 dpns in sizes 0 - 13 for about $12 on ebay, at least I don't feel like I wasted any money, LOL. Now I'm really looking forward to trying the Options!