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Old 09-06-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Need advice for my first pair of socks
Well, it's time. I promised a pair of socks to our friend that we stayed with while we were in Santa Fe. The yarn arrived two days ago, so naturally I cast on for a scarf I wanted to make.

The pattern is Sideways Socks

Yarn recommended for pattern is Lana Grossa Fantasy Stretch; the yarn I'm using is Patons Stretch Socks They are both fingering weight yarns with the same W.P.I., the yardage for the Patons is a little different than the yardage for the Lana Grossa, but not by much. Additionally, I ordered a 40" circular needle, size 1 1/2 that came with the yarn, that this will end up being the correct size.

So, please, please, please, all you sock makers out there. Any words of advice, any tips you could give are greatly appreciated. I can answer any questions that you have about the pattern if you need any clarification there.

Thank you all so much.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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My first question: Are these knitted flat then Kitchener stitched from cuff to toe (or toe to cuff)? The construction is so different from what I've done I'm hoping to learn a few things as you go along. Apparently fit can be an issue.
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These are essentially the steps involved:
  • Knit 1st half of leg – provisional cast on, knit flat in st st for 2 inches
  • Shape heel
  • Knit 2nd half – remove provisional cast on and place sts on needle, join yarn and work as 1st half
  • Join leg – graft at center back
  • Knit toe – pick up and knit from around tube formed by grafting
  • Knit cuff – pick up and knit from around tube formed by grafting

I know our friend's shoe size, but am wondering if other measurements might be useful?
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
These are essentially the steps involved:
  • Knit 1st half of leg – provisional cast on, knit flat in st st for 2 inches
  • Shape heel
  • Knit 2nd half – remove provisional cast on and place sts on needle, join yarn and work as 1st half
  • Join leg – graft at center back
  • Knit toe – pick up and knit from around tube formed by grafting
  • Knit cuff – pick up and knit from around tube formed by grafting

I know our friend's shoe size, but am wondering if other measurements might be useful?
Hmmm...the pattern seems straightforward enough. I have only knit one pair of socks the conventional way, and they were for moi, so I tried them on as I went.
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I've been thinking about these socks and I'm guessing the point in doing them this way is the vertical stripes. Maybe? They look looser than I like my socks but they're not for me so that doesn't matter! I hope they work out well and the recipient likes them.
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I've been thinking about these socks and I'm guessing the point in doing them this way is the vertical stripes. Maybe? They look looser than I like my socks but they're not for me so that doesn't matter! I hope they work out well and the recipient likes them.
Yes, they are knit sideways for the striped effect. The pattern says that they are for a size medium to large woman's feet, our friend's size is 8 1/2. They may slouch on her but that is probably okay.

Have you ever knit two socks at the same time?
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I avoid SSS (second sock syndrome) by knitting 2 @ time. I have a pair OTN now. I use magic loop. I did my first pair one at a time and decided that starting the second was a pain and a half and haven't done it again.

I'm looking forward to your thoughts on how these sideways socks work out. I might try them sometime.
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Well, I won’t be doing these socks. I had purchased 3 -50 gram balls of yarn from the same dye lot to ensure that I would be able to knit matching symmetrical socks. I would need to cast on at the same place in the yarn’s pattern repeat; when I rewound the yarn I discovered none of the three balls have the same pattern repeat.

The good news is that my friend will be happy with whatever I knit for her. I am casting on for a cowl that can also be worn as a hood. I've been itching to do this particular stitch pattern, so I'm excited
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
Well, I won’t be doing these socks. I had purchased 3 -50 gram balls of yarn from the same dye lot to ensure that I would be able to knit matching symmetrical socks. I would need to cast on at the same place in the yarn’s pattern repeat; when I rewound the yarn I discovered none of the three balls have the same pattern repeat.

The good news is that my friend will be happy with whatever I knit for her. I am casting on for a cowl that can also be worn as a hood. I've been itching to do this particular stitch pattern, so I'm excited
I made it easy on myself for the first socks I knit and used a Berroco Vintage yarn that was solid-colored.
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Ok, where's the cowl pattern? Sheesh.

I wondered if you might choose something different. Maybe they'd be cool not matching? That really depends on the recipient and what you want to do, doesn't it? I think your cowl/hood is a great idea.
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