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Old 11-11-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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So, I started a pair of socks and I have a few observations. The yarn is Imagination by KnitPicks, which is fingering weight. It's actually working up really nicely, better than I expected. Soft and smooshy!

OTOH, I am using size 1 DPNs, and I am forecasting that this project will take a bazillion years! Like, they will be trying to slam the lid on my coffin, and I will have one foot hanging out, saying, "Nope, wait a minute, I still have to finish those socks I started in 2013."

I did send for a size 9 sock circular needle. That might help some, and I checked on KnitPicks for tiny interchangeable needle tips, but the smallest they come is a size 4. So how would you make socks with Magic Loop if the smallest needle tip is a 4?

Since I decided I would make socks for everybody for Christmas, I have stocked up on sock yarn, but I'm thinking, I should have bought Ragg wool instead. At this rate nobody will get their socks until Easter!
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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Socks are wonderful projects, I love socks! I do my socks 2 at a time on nickel plate 47" fixed circs. I have them in size 0, 1, 2, and 3. I use magic loop. If you do them 1 sock per needle you could ML with a shorter one, I've actually done 2 socks on a 40"er but prefer to have more cable. YMMV

Here's the link to Knit Picks. http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Opt...xedCables.html They're also available in the other materials. IMO the only reason to order from Knit Picks or WEBS is which one am I ordering from today, the needles are pretty much clones. The WEBS needles do have the sizes printed on them but they're too small for me to read.

How many pairs of socks are you planning to do by Xmas? I have yarn for lots of socks but have made no commitment to having them done by Solstice.
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You have to buy the fixed circulars for the tiny needles. Very few brands have them for interchangeables because of the small joins. I have used 32" and 40" and they both work fine. Depends on how much of a loop you like.

Frankly, I don't like to make socks mainly because I can't wear them, but also because I'm not that fond of working with toothpicks. When I have made them though I made two at a time, but on separate circs. Like the toe on one, the toe on the other, the foot on one, the foot on the other, etc. It solves the problem of SSS (second sock syndrome).
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Pffftt! I purchased some sock yarn this summer and started a project with it, using size '3' needles; the yarn now sits in a bin somewhere.

That 'Imagination' yarn is so pretty, maybe you can sell some of it. What colors did you buy? You could also use it to make some lace garments with a size '6' needle.

Knitpicks carries a worsted that is a superwash merino wool and I've seen some nice sock patterns on ravelry. Maybe an alternative?

How many presents are you planning to knit for Christmas? I'm amazed that it is coming up so quickly. Let us know what you decide to do.
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What no one tells you beforehand is that the typical sock gauge is about 8 sts/inch, with a row gauge that is about 9/inch. With about 60 sts/rnd, I don't have to crunch the numbers to confidently state that a pair of socks is about a gazillion stitches.

My first pair was an "I'll make these or die trying" project too, but in their defense a plain stockinette stitch sock in self striping yarn/hand painted yarn like that delicious Imagination is the ultimate portable, knit anywhere project.

I've only knit one pair on a deadline for a gift, and I'll not do that again for either love or money. I keep my sock gifting on an ad hoc basis as I complete them.

I fully sympathize with your dilemma...
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
You have to buy the fixed circulars for the tiny needles. Very few brands have them for interchangeables because of the small joins. I have used 32" and 40" and they both work fine. Depends on how much of a loop you like.

Frankly, I don't like to make socks mainly because I can't wear them, but also because I'm not that fond of working with toothpicks. When I have made them though I made two at a time, but on separate circs. Like the toe on one, the toe on the other, the foot on one, the foot on the other, etc. It solves the problem of SSS (second sock syndrome).
You know, I had the same idea to take care of SSS, using 2 sets of needles (or 2 needles) and doing it the way you describe! I have the first cuff of sock one done and set aside while I get more needles.
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Originally Posted by justplaincharlotte View Post
What no one tells you beforehand is that the typical sock gauge is about 8 sts/inch, with a row gauge that is about 9/inch. With about 60 sts/rnd, I don't have to crunch the numbers to confidently state that a pair of socks is about a gazillion stitches.

My first pair was an "I'll make these or die trying" project too, but in their defense a plain stockinette stitch sock in self striping yarn/hand painted yarn like that delicious Imagination is the ultimate portable, knit anywhere project.

I've only knit one pair on a deadline for a gift, and I'll not do that again for either love or money. I keep my sock gifting on an ad hoc basis as I complete them.

I fully sympathize with your dilemma...
Thanks, Charlotte! This is actually my second pair, the first pair was with worsted yarn and WAY bigger needles. I have to say, this sock is looking pretty dandy, though. Hopefully my eyesight will hold up, but my next pair will definitely be on bigger needles, and I may have to rethink the socks for Christmas idea. Maybe dishcloths instead!
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Pffftt! I purchased some sock yarn this summer and started a project with it, using size '3' needles; the yarn now sits in a bin somewhere.

That 'Imagination' yarn is so pretty, maybe you can sell some of it. What colors did you buy? You could also use it to make some lace garments with a size '6' needle.

Knitpicks carries a worsted that is a superwash merino wool and I've seen some nice sock patterns on ravelry. Maybe an alternative?

How many presents are you planning to knit for Christmas? I'm amazed that it is coming up so quickly. Let us know what you decide to do.
I only have 2 skeins, and you know? The sock so far is so nice and soft that I will press on. I have one skein of Wild West and one of Looking Glass. Going to do the body of the sock in Wild West, and toe and heel in Looking Glass. I WAS originally going to use the yarn for a hat or cowl, and still might if I hit any huge snags. But, I think my sock knitting will have to really ramp up a notch or two if I need them for gifts....(rethinking the whole thing).
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Socks are wonderful projects, I love socks! I do my socks 2 at a time on nickel plate 47" fixed circs. I have them in size 0, 1, 2, and 3. I use magic loop. If you do them 1 sock per needle you could ML with a shorter one, I've actually done 2 socks on a 40"er but prefer to have more cable. YMMV

Here's the link to Knit Picks. http://www.knitpicks.com/needles/Opt...xedCables.html They're also available in the other materials. IMO the only reason to order from Knit Picks or WEBS is which one am I ordering from today, the needles are pretty much clones. The WEBS needles do have the sizes printed on them but they're too small for me to read.

How many pairs of socks are you planning to do by Xmas? I have yarn for lots of socks but have made no commitment to having them done by Solstice.
GG! Thanks for the needle advice! I will have to try the fixed circs. Then I can try 2 at a time. Avoid the dreaded SSS.

I was thinking of at least 4 pairs of socks for gifts, may have to rethink that.
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I should also mention I use size 0 needles. Anything larger makes the fabric too loose for me. Tighter is sturdier, too.
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