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AnaK 06-17-2007 12:32 PM

Knitting Socks
 
I am trying to make my first sock and have question for you experienced sock knitters.
At the point where the needles meet I notice slightly larger gap than between other stitches.
I try hard to make sure to tighten it and not have loose stitch there and it still shows. Is there a trick to this?
Also which pattern do you recomend for first time sock knitter?
Thank you:muah:

geekgolightly 06-17-2007 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by AnaK (Post 880810)
I am trying to make my first sock and have question for you experienced sock knitters.
At the point where the needles meet I notice slightly larger gap than between other stitches.
I try hard to make sure to tighten it and not have loose stitch there and it still shows. Is there a trick to this?
Also which pattern do you recomend for first time sock knitter?
Thank you:muah:

I am not experienced, but I have had that same problem. Laddering of stitches is frustrating! I have eliminated them for the most part by putting my right working needle underneath the needle previously worked. Then I make sure to tighten the first and second stitch a bit tighter than i do the other stitches.

I don't know if this is the standard for eliminating laddering effect, but it has worked well for me.

Also, if you are working the sock inside out, the gaps will be bigger. Make sure you are knitting with the outside of the sock facing the outside.

Hope that helps!

Silver 06-17-2007 03:36 PM

That's good advice, so I can't offer anything else. But, have you checked out my sock knitting classes? See the link in my signature below. Good luck! :)

geekgolightly 06-17-2007 04:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Silver (Post 880879)
That's good advice, so I can't offer anything else. But, have you checked out my sock knitting classes? See the link in my signature below. Good luck! :)

That's how I learned to knit socks! Silver's online class is the best. Bar none.

scubasinger 06-17-2007 08:13 PM

I rotate the stitches around the needles.

First, I use a stitch marker to make sure I know where the beginning of a round is.

Then, I knit the first stitch from the new left needle onto my empty working needle. I then immediately slide that single stitch from the working needle onto the full, right needle holding the previously worked stitches. Then using the once-again empty working needle, I knit the remaining stitches from the left needle.

I repeat that process each time I change needles, so the 'gap' continues to move. As long as my stitch marker tells me where the new round is beginning, it doesn't matter if it's in the middle of a needle or not.

If there's a need later (like a color change or something), I can easily redistribute the stitches among the needles.

Knitting_Guy 06-17-2007 09:01 PM

That's one of several reasons I prefer knitting them on circs using Magic Loop. It's much easier to prevent laddering.

jjminarcik 06-17-2007 09:16 PM

Ditto what Mason said!

PixieKnits 06-17-2007 09:23 PM

Ditto Mason, and Silver, i LOVE silvers tutorials!

dakatzmeow 06-17-2007 11:03 PM

yep, silver's tutes rock! i actually prefer 2 circs for socks. i'm not sure i'm brave enough to try magic loop and the 2 circs is such a neat trick, i just stick with that.

starburst6589 06-18-2007 02:19 AM

OMG! Is that really Silver? THE Silver from "Come to Silver"? AhhhH! Definitely go to that site!! It's the only sock pattern I know right now! (Don't worry, trying to widen my horizons soon!)

Also, if you get stuck on the heel, there's an amazing video on DIYnetwork.com. This lady knits pretty fast, so if you need to, go back and watch parts again. Just scroll down and look on the right side for two pictures of people making socks. Click on "Watch the Video".

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_kni...484997,00.html


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