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Old 10-18-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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Snug sock cuffs
I normally do a KP2 P2 for my cuffs. How do I prevent the top from gaping? The rest of the sock fits snug on the calf and foot, but those first few rows and the cast on, gap out. It drives me nutty.
If you size down a needle for the first few rows, does that help? My concern is I then couldn't get them over my foot.
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Old 10-18-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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ribbing is supposed to be "stretchy" so going down a needle size will be okay.
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Old 10-18-2008, 06:30 PM   #3
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Hi!

One of the things that helped me out a lot on getting my cuffs right was to learn and use the Old Norwegian cast on method. It's GREAT!

Amy has a video on it and I first read about it in Ann Budd's book, "Getting Started Knitting Socks".

It's well worth learning the "finger gymnastics" and very easy to do once you get the hang of it. I haven't had a problem cuff since.

Hope this helps and happy knitting!

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Old 10-18-2008, 09:23 PM   #4
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I agree with everyone else - I use the Old Norweigen cast on and rib the first inch or so with a size smaller needle

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Old 10-19-2008, 09:54 AM   #5
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Thanks! I will look up the video.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:01 AM   #6
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The way to stop the gap between the first few rounds is to swap the first two stitches.

Just move the last stitch from the first round and the first stitch from the second round and then continue on as usual....

No gaps! *winks*
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I don't think she means ladders, Crycket. She means the top is actually gaps around her ankle.

I haven't made many socks, but I know several people in my knitting group also use Old Norwegian cast on.
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I don't think she means ladders, Crycket. She means the top is actually gaps around her ankle.
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I hope I understand the problem; my answer to it is that when I knit the cuff of socks I used a MUCH LARGER (several sizes larger) size needle for the cast-on row ONLY. It will make that first row much looser, but you then return to the size needle being used to knit the rest of the sock. And, by the way, I do not use a smaller needle for the cuff than I use for the rest of the sock. I use the same needle for the entire sock; it works beautifully! I also do not use double-pointed needles EXCEPT for the finishing of the sock, when you have decreased to the point that you have too few stitches to use the smallest size circular needle you can. What I am suggesting is that I use a 9 inch circular needle (size 2) for the entire sock - except the very end of the toe. I also knit from a pattern that assumes you are using 4 dp needles and, in the places where the needles change rather than changing from one needle to another I simply put a stitch marker. It works beautifully!

I hope I haven't confused you altogether!

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Old 10-30-2008, 08:57 AM   #10
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Thanks for that neat and tidy tip! A friend has horrible laddering problems and I will pass it on to her!
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