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Old 01-07-2009, 08:09 AM   #1
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Sock dilemma!
I am a newbie when it comes to knitting and i totally enjoy it. I am trying to make a pair of socks but am getting totally confused as i read the instructions. Could somebody please explain the following things to me in simple terms!!

It says cast on 56 stiches, Divide sts so that
there are 16 sts on Needle 1, 24 sts on
Needle 2, and 16 sts on Needle 3.

Now i get it till here. But then gets confusing for me.

Place marker (pm) and join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Rnd beg at back of leg.

Now how are they talking about joining? i mean joining in which sense? i have no clue!

it would be great if somebody could help me so that i can start with my pair of sock!
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Old 01-07-2009, 09:41 AM   #2
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Joining for in the round knitting...

I know this gets confusing when you're first starting out! My eyes were crossing the first time I tackled it but I finally got it and now it's easy, so just hang in there!

What you're doing when knitting "in the round" is knitting a tube. It has no seam, it's just a simple tube. Look at a pair of store bought socks and you'll get the idea.

To get that tube effect you'll want to join up the last stitch you cast on to the first stitch you cast on. That closes up the circle at the top and gives you the first row of the tube. When you do this, make sure that those little nubs at the bottom of your cast on are all facing down and haven't twisted around the needle. If they get twisted you'll have to rip back and start again.

You place a marker there because you're going to have to shift some stitches around later in the pattern to construct the heel section. According to your pattern, the marker lets you know that's the center of the heel stitches. This will keep you oriented as you later re-divide your stitches to work the heel part.

But first you're going to connect up those first and last cast on stitches. You can do this in a couple of ways but probably the simplest is to just start your knitting! For a couple of rows it'll still be separated but as you go it'll close up. Then you can use the tail of yarn that's hanging there to sew those couple of rows closed when you're all finished.

Amy has some great videos on various stages of sock knitting and Silver's tutorial is excellent, too! You might want to check those out so you have a clearer picture of how all that yarn magically turns into socks!

Good luck. Let us know how it's going and if you have any other questions!

Happy knitting,

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:49 AM   #3
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That video and lesson surely clears my confusion about joining!! Thanks....

Now i simply need to start it!
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