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Old 11-29-2005, 04:00 PM   #1
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YAY!!! Neat, even ribbing at last!
Well I just had to toot my own horn! I cast on the stitches for a pair of socks for my DH for Christmas, and tried the "backwards" purling trick off of Nona's blog {thank you to whoever it was that posted that trick and the link!!!}. I've been plugging away at it for about 2 hours now, and have about an inch of my ribbing done and it looks FABULOUS!!! It took me a little bit to get used to purling differently, but well worth the effort. No more sloppy, loopy, lop-sided knit stitches at all. It looks STORE BOUGHT neat...

As an added bonus, the striping in the yarn wasn't coming out very pleasing and I was going to frog it and start over with smaller needles and more stitches. After going the inch, the pattern is slowly twisting around, so hopefully it won't be too bad when it's done.

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Old 11-29-2005, 04:07 PM   #2
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Cool! Do you have a link to that blog?
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:27 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA
Cool! Do you have a link to that blog?
Sure do! http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonakni...of_braggi.html

I need to take a picture of this and put it up on my blog too... I went to do a review of my Knit.1 mag today and realized that I haven't posted to my blog in nearly 2 weeks! <screams>
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:33 PM   #4
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Is the whole sock ribbed? I made a sock using self patterning yarn and the entire sock was ribbed. I hated it until I got to the foot where it wasn't ribbed and the pattern emerged. I didn't bother making the mate. I had enough to make another pair of socks w/o ribbing. Stripes do pretty well with ribbing, but for some reason patterns turn funky on me when I try to rib them. Oh and the sock doesn't go to waste. I can't sleep with covers or socks on my left foot, so it is my sleeping sock.
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:49 PM   #5
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Old 11-29-2005, 07:27 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by knitncook
Is the whole sock ribbed?
Actually, the pattern I'm using is. Well, the way I'm combining two patterns! I've combined the instructions from a Kroy pattern and a Bernat pattern I have. I did a k1, p1 rib for 16 rows. I then switched to a k3, p1 rib, and will be doing that for another 5 inches before doing the heel. I am doing the sock in Bernat Sox Army Hot, and the patterning still isn't turning out as pleasing as I had hoped. I'll continue knitting on it tomorrow, and if I still don't like it, I'll frog it and start over. Right now the green shades and black/brown shades are meeting and it's making a sort of green and brown spiral around the sock. I just came back from my LYS and she doesn't have any 2.75 mm dpns right now, so I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do. I'm using 3.25 mm ones for this sock and hoped that the needle size change would help "fix" my spirals.
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Old 11-29-2005, 07:44 PM   #7
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okay, here's a dumb question. i started some basic socks and my ribbing *looks* even but when i get to my stockinette, the knit stitches are like half the size of the row of knits above it... does that make sense? is this normal?
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Well I'm the last person on earth to be asking about ANYTHING normal!!! That being said, that's how my socks turn out too, I think mebbe it has something to do with the overall effect of the ribbing. Can someone else hop in here with a more explanatory answer? :thinking:
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I love Nona's blog as a source of so many clever tricks (like the recent I-cord glove fingers with the "ladders" knitted up later), but this is one I missed. What an awesome knitting tip! Thanks for passing it on.

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Update...
Well I frogged what I did yesterday. All 3 inches of it Even though the ribbing looked gorgeous, *AND* my LYS owner was quite impressed :D and had me demonstrate the purl trick to her... not as easy as it seems when you knit wonky like I do, and with cold fingers to boot! The spiralling colours on the sock really REALLY bothered me, so I took some pics and then frogged it. I'll be able to post pics as soon as I find my transfer cable... the kids put it in a safe place. :rollseyes:

I wasn't able to get the 2.75mm dpns that I had hoped to be able to redo this sock in, so I cast on the stitches for my 3yo DS instead. The stripes are a lot more random this time around, but still not exactly what I had hoped for. :( I'll admit that this is much better looking, and I won't be frogging them this time. I'll have to take a pic once I've got the frogged yarn used up and post that one as well once the cord is found!
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