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Old 02-21-2007, 11:29 PM   #11
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It takes practice I think. I just started finger weight on size 1 needles...think of me when you get tired of your sportweight and size 4s!

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Old 02-22-2007, 11:19 AM   #12
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I don't want to seem overly negative, but I suggest that you two consider saving the cotton yarn for another project and buying new yarn for socks. Not only is 100% cotton a pain to knit with, but it is just not the best fiber choice for making something like socks, where you want a snug fit. (I don't know about you folks, but my experience with 100% cotton socks as that they get stretched out and baggy, becoming unsightly and uncomfortable rather quickly.) There are some mostly cotton yarns with a bit of lycra, as well some cotton-blend socks yarns that might work better functionally, and that would also be easier to knit. Merino wool is also non-itchy. (If you're looking at non-sock yarns, look for ones which are tightly spun to help with wear... also make sure they are superwash, if you intend to throw them in the washing machine.)

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Old 02-22-2007, 11:30 AM   #13
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Hi Mason,
Yup I love using the sock weight yarns. I think it is because I stated crocheting doilies a long while back. Love using the thread and real small steel needles. So when I started knitting socks I just started with the sock yarns.
It will start to get easier as you get use to the needles. I don't think I would like to use cotton yarn, to stiff maybe. So keep knitting those socks and you will enjoy learning to use the smaller needles.

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Old 02-22-2007, 02:02 PM   #14
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Mason - What pattern are you using for your second socks?

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Old 02-22-2007, 04:04 PM   #15
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I'm still following Silver's Class for the second sock. Once I have that down to where I don't need to refer back to it, I'm going to try some different patterns.

Now that I've knit several rounds with this stuff, it's not so bad. It was tricky getting started with it, but now I kinda like it.

If it turns out the socks aren't wearable due to the cotton, no biggie. It's mostly for the practice anyway.

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Old 02-22-2007, 04:38 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by kristinw
Yeah, silly me chose a fingering weight (KP Essential) with size 2 DPNs for my first socks! What the heck was I thinking!!? It is quite challenging.
I'm working on my first sock right now, and I started with a cotton blend on size 1s!!! Admittedly, it turned out too small for me (would probably fit a 6 yr old), but it was still really hard. My fingers are killing me.
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