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Old 11-21-2005, 09:06 AM   #1
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sock gap problem
Something strange happens everytime I make a sock. The V in the last stitch on needles 3 and 1 has a gap in it. (See the photo; I've pulled the sock a bit to show the gap.) What's odd is that this problem never occurs between needles 2 & 3...

The socks end up looking like they have seams, which of course they don't. I've tried tightening that last stitch, even when I move to the next needle, but nothing seems to get rid of the problem entirely.

My question is, how do I get rid of the gap? Is this a natural feature of the hand-knit sock, or am I doing something incorrectly?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 11-21-2005, 09:40 AM   #2
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Other than pulling the first stitch on each dpn tight I don't know what to tell you. I almost always have one tiny little ladder on most of the socks I make. (Usually at the toe or gusset.) After washing they have disappeared.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:27 AM   #3
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Other than pulling the first stitch on each dpn tight I don't know what to tell you. I almost always have one tiny little ladder on most of the socks I make. (Usually at the toe or gusset.) After washing they have disappeared.
It's nice to know that washing helps! Thanks!

I hope that is the case with mine. I was really hoping that I was doing something incorrectly, though, just so it would go away in the pre-wash object :D
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:52 AM   #4
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Don't feel bad about it. It happens to A LOT of sock knitters. I've found that if I hold the needles a certain way, it makes the ladder better or worse. Sometimes pulling that first stitch tight makes the ladder better, and yet I swear, sometimes it's worse! It's a very perplexing knitting phenomenon!
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:03 AM   #5
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Sometimes pulling that first stitch tight makes the ladder better, and yet I swear, sometimes it's worse! It's a very perplexing knitting phenomenon!
Yes, yes, that's happening to me! I cannot possible knit the stitch any tighter, yet the ladder is as bad, and sometimes worse, as when I don't even try. Grr! That's why I figured I must be missing something.

But, if a sock maven like yourself has this problem, at least I know I'm in good company :D

Oh, and I'm using your tutorial, Silver, for the grafting...it's not going so well--through no fault of yours, I might add--but I shall perservere because I really REALLY like knitting socks, ladders and all!
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Well as I like to tell newbies knitting their first sock..

Any mistakes just add character do your *hand knitted* socks. Embrace them!!
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:23 AM   #7
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Well as I like to tell newbies knitting their first sock..

Any mistakes just add character do your *hand knitted* socks. Embrace them!!


You're a great teacher, Silver :D
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I always give a good tug on the first stich of the new needle. It took a looooooooooooooong time for me to make a sock without ladders. (Sometimes it still happens :rollseyes: ) so have patience grasshopper, it will come.
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Old 11-21-2005, 01:42 PM   #10
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I always give a good tug on the first stich of the new needle. It took a looooooooooooooong time for me to make a sock without ladders. (Sometimes it still happens :rollseyes: ) so have patience grasshopper, it will come.
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My sock may have ladders, but guess what?

I did the toe grafting and it came out beautifully! (Thanks to Silver's tutorial). Yipppeeee!!!

Have a look. The pic is a wee bit blurry, but you can see where I've bent the toe down a little to show the grafting. I'm just beside myself with joy over this. After 3 hideous tries, I've gotten it right!
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