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Old 03-25-2011, 08:50 AM   #1
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looking for reassurance....
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????

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Old 03-25-2011, 09:04 AM   #2
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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?
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Do you have a link to the pattern? What yarn and needle size are you using?
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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!
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Old 03-25-2011, 06:57 PM   #5
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What weight is the yarn? The 3s might be too large a needle, most socks with sock yarn are done on 1s and 2s.
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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.
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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
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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.
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pretty pattern! Thanks for the link
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Birdbeaty,
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! Jeanie
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