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Old 03-01-2008, 05:01 PM   #1
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Suggestions on Making Socks, Please
I am working on a horseshoe lace sweater at the moment, my first lace patterned sweater. With that being said, it is time to come out of the scaredy cat closet and learn to knit socks. As soon as I get the sweater done, I am delving into the deep unknown of sock knitting, which everyone says is addictive once you get the hang of it.

For all you sock geniuses, being a newbie to socks should I used dpns or 2 circs? Is the silver sock tutorial the best one to learn how or is something even better? I have a pattern from knitpicks using the circ method doing both socks at once and they say even beginners can make these socks, but I see the silver sock tutorial suggests using 4 dpns.

Also, should I used one straight color of yarn or doesn't it matter when you are learning, ie is one color easier to see your mistakes or whatnot and should be used until you are used to doing socks? Does it matter which you make kids or adult size as a first time sock maker?

Anything else you think I should know, post it and I thank everyone for the help in any way!
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Old 03-01-2008, 05:26 PM   #2
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If you want to knit your sock on 2 circs (my favorite method, btw), you can follow the knitpicks pattern and just use my 4dpn tutorial for pictorial reference. The steps and stitches will likely be at least somewhat similar.

Or you could try the toe up on 2 circs tutorial, or even the two toe up socks on 1 circular if you're feeling especially spicy!

The easiest yarn for seeing the stitches would be something light in color and smooth in texture. Although you can certainly try a self striping yarn for the fun of it. Color doesn't matter too much, but something too dark will be a bit more difficult to see.

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Old 03-01-2008, 06:43 PM   #3
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I learned using dpns and Silver's tutorial. The hardest part about that was handling the dpns. But, after a couple of inches, I was all set.

Good luck! Sock knitting is SO MUCH FUN!!!
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:50 PM   #4
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You've gotten some great advice above. I am a fan of DPN's. They are a bit awkward at first, but you'll get the hang of it quickly.

And YES - knitting socks is terribly addicting! I've never been much of a sock knitter, but I have pair #2 OTN - the second this week!!

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Old 03-01-2008, 07:45 PM   #5
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I used Silver`s Tutorial and 4 dpn`s and the only thing I have had a problem with is a bit of laddering. Once you get used to having needles dangling and how to hold the dpn`s you are off to the races.

Silver`s instructions are very clear and cover every possible question you could have on sock knitting. Shandeh`s YouTube on joining to knit in the round is also very helpful. Between these two things, I knit a real sock, that looked like a real sock, on my first real attempt.

DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED! Just follow the instructions step by step. It looks like a lot to learn, but it`s not. Once you have knit one or two socks it will get much easier with each sock you knit.

While you are waiting for sock knitting time, keep an eye on any post that has sock knitting questions. I did this and by the time I was ready to knit socks, I had seen the questions and all the answers. If something came up while I was knitting that first pair of socks, I already knew most of the things I needed to know in order to knit the `perfect` pair of socks (well, they were almost perfect anyways).

Yes, it is addictive. I knit the first pair for DH for Valentine`s Day. I started a second pair but was very unhappy with the colour and the laddering so I frogged after I had finished one sock. I am now knitting the third pair, FINALLY FOR ME! I have the first sock finished (it took three days) and I am on the foot of the second sock, which means I am three quarters of the way to having the second sock finished as well.

You`ll love it!

You`ve been knitting long enough to know whether you prefer bamboo, metal, wood or plastic needles. You will not have a problems!

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Old 03-01-2008, 10:21 PM   #6
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I'm self-taught (sort of) on dpns. Though technically I didn't use Silvers tutorial, I went over and over it, printed it out and then followed a pattern (simple) I found on the 'net, following the directions step by step. Since I'm currently working on my 13th (oh no!) pair, I think I got the hang of it. For this pair I'm using 2 circs and my next pair I'm going to try two socks at once on 1 lo-o-o-ng circ. After 12-1/1 pairs, I still am fascinated/thrilled when I turn that heel.

Sock are indeed addictive. And if you have perpetually cold feet as I do, they are also comfy!! I make'em for me! And I love'em!!
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:27 PM   #7
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Go for Silver's Tutorial! I did magic loop for my 1st and LOVED it! Just do one sock at a time instead of two!
I also found The Turkish CO on easier than the figure 8 CO. There's an additional help for the second part of the heel on this tutorial that will keep you from getting those little holes on the corners.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:40 PM   #8
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I'm working my 11 th pair now and agree that socks are horribly addictive. I prefer ML, but am going to try switching to 2 circs when I get to the heel because i want to use a smaller needle for the sole. Theoretically, it should wear better. We'll see.
I've done aq couple pair toe-up, but prefer cuff down. If you go for the toe-up, I 've also found that the Turkish Cast-On is easier than the Figure 8.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:57 PM   #9
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I LOVE dpns and am way interested in learning the whole two socks on dpns thing... teehee!

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Old 03-02-2008, 12:00 AM   #10
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Nonny2t, you are in good company. I have my very first order of sock yarn on the way. I will attempt to make socks with Silver's Sock Tutorial and 4 DPNs. I am so nervous, yet excited!!

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