View Full Version : looking for reassurance....

03-25-2011, 08:50 AM
I'm knitting my first pair of socks. The size is women's small - size 5-6. The yarn is 70% wool, 23% polymide and 7% PBT. I am right on guage, etc, etc The pattern is very explicit on the number of rounds and so on. I am right on track - HOWEVER - unless this thing shrinks it's gonna be a Christmas stocking. Someone PLEASE tell me this thing is gonna shrink - before I just throw it away. It's supposed to be a crew sock, but right now it is a KNEE sock that would fit my husband. sigh......what did I do wrong????


03-25-2011, 09:04 AM
my bet would be: wrong gauge. But you say you checked that (I assume you really did that in the actual piece again? Not just on a swatch? If not, do that!)

So, I guess, your pattern can be wrong, entirely. That happens.

But before we know that: do you have a link to that pattern? Maybe someone can double check?

Jan in CA
03-25-2011, 09:58 AM
Do you have a link to the pattern? What yarn and needle size are you using?

03-25-2011, 06:48 PM
I've checked the gauge at EVERY level of this stupid sock- not a swatch. The gauge in on the money. I gathered from your response that it isn't going to shrink - so I just tore it all up. Thanks anyway! The pattern came with the sock yarn so I don't have a link to it. It's just a wool sock yarn and I am using size 3 DPNs. Thanks for your help, tho!

03-25-2011, 06:57 PM
What weight is the yarn? The 3s might be too large a needle, most socks with sock yarn are done on 1s and 2s.

Jan in CA
03-25-2011, 11:34 PM
Yeah, I use a US 1 for fingering weight (sock yarn). Socks last longer if they are knit tighter, too.

Is it top down or toe up? I usually use 64 for the main part of the sock. In other words I cast on 64 for a top down or increase to 64 for a toe up. How many stitches do you have on the needle for the main part.

03-26-2011, 09:48 AM

Wish I could offer you some advice, but I'm just about to try knitting socks too. I've ordered and received my Harmony size 2 DPN's. Just waiting for my sock yarn. (Fingering wt., 50% superwash wool, 50% nylon). Since I'm just beginning to learn how to use DPN's, I decided these tube socks would be the perfect pattern to practice with. Only plan to make them long enough to cover my ankle bones. I've got small feet, (5-5 1/2 shoe size). I'm just going to start with my size 2 needles and the 56 cast on stitches and see how gigantic or tiny they come out to be. Looking at it this way...all will not be lost if they are a complete disaster. At least it will have been good practice on the DPN's. Anyway I thought you might be interested in this simple tube sock pattern. I'll be keeping a close eye on this thread to see how you're doing. Never fun when you have to frog, but it happens to all of us. Keep us posted. Good Luck! Jeanie

03-26-2011, 09:56 AM
Pattern called for 3's and I knit pretty tight. It's a top down pattern, fingering weight yarn with 64 stitches for the leg. I switch out from 9" circulars to the DPN's so I've had LOTS of practice! HA! My foot is SOOO small that I will probably have to adjust ANY pattern that I find. I found several glaring errors in this pattern - but when they tell you to do so many rounds, I didn't think that was an error. IF I make it again, I will half the leg pattern rounds. What the pattern called for made it a knee sock! I'll probably just have to find a good child's sock pattern. - since that's what I wear in a ready made sock. Thanks to everyone for your help.

03-26-2011, 09:57 AM
pretty pattern! Thanks for the link

03-26-2011, 10:28 AM
I too have a hard time trying to find ready made socks to fit me. Hey can I ask a big favor of you? IF,WHEN you come across a good basic sock pattern for small feet like ours, would you send it on to me? Either by a PM or you can email me. I'll do the same if I see something that I think might work for us. Thanks!:hug: Jeanie

03-26-2011, 01:33 PM
will do!

03-28-2011, 08:31 AM
Hi Birdbeaty!
I know there are a katrillion sock patterns out there, but I ran across this basic children's sock pattern and thought I'd pass it on to you. How's it going? Have you tried starting over yet? Jeanie

03-28-2011, 10:03 AM
Yes, I thot about about it and DID it several times. HA! I'm more frustrated than ever - but I NEVER give up!

03-28-2011, 11:13 PM
Coincidentally, I'm knitting my first pair of socks too. Actually they're going to be felted slippers, but construction-wise they're giant toe-up socks. Anyway if you don't mind a toe-up sock there's a pattern on Ravelry for a no swatch/gauge toe-up sock called the "Lifestyle Toe Up Sock" (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lifestyle-toe-up-socks---no-swatch-needed). Might want to give those a try?