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dancejunky 12-04-2012 01:32 AM

WIP: Argyle socks
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I'm not very far into the project, but I'm posting it as a self-motivator. I'm using recycled gray lambswool (fingering wt.) with some laceweight Kid Seta carried along in the toe and heel for strength. The pink diamonds, when I get that far, will be Deborah Norville Serenity. The socks are for my daughter. Oh, and the pattern is the Seamless Argyle Sock Pattern Generator.

BTW, the Kid Seta is very hard to keep untangled (working from outside and inside of one ball), so I'm tearing off yard-long lengths, whose ends will felt inside the sock. :woohoo:

Jan in CA 12-04-2012 01:45 AM

Seamless argyle! Awesome! Those are going to be gorgeous socks.

Yeah...kid seta has mohair in it doesn't it? That stuff is a nightmare to frog.:zombie: Actually probably impossible is a better description.

GrumpyGramma 12-04-2012 02:15 AM

Excellent! And you're doing it right :wink: 2 at a time, toe up. That's the "right" way because that's how I do socks too. What cast on did you use? They're gonna be loverly for your daughter.

dancejunky 12-04-2012 02:53 AM

Amen to that! I recyled thrift-store, and I learned the hard way not to bother with any that are mostly mohair. Now that I'm working with manageable lengths of the stuff, so I can detangle, I think it'll be fine.

dancejunky 12-04-2012 02:59 AM

Oh, I always do socks at least 2AAT. I've also done 4AAT and 6AAT (a learning experience). For toe-up socks, I always use Judy's Magic CO. I once tried a short-row toe, and it worked OK but I didn't see any real advantage to it. When I get there, I'll be doing a Sweet Tomato Heel. I'm hoping to have the socks done by my daughter's birthday, on the 22nd, but we'll see. It wouldn't be the first time I've given a gift still on the needles and then taken it back to finish it. She knows I'm good for it, hehe.

Jan in CA 12-04-2012 03:33 AM

I do the Turkish Cast on and the Fleegle Heel. Funny how we all do them differently. :thumbsup:

I've been doing two socks at one time, but on separate needles. Haven't attempted two at once. I don't make that many socks so maybe not a big deal, but I'll have to try it. More than two sounds like a nightmare of twisted yarn balls. :zombie:

salmonmac 12-04-2012 06:34 AM

Those look lovely and soft and the argyle in pink will be perfect. Thanks for the pattern link.

nonny2t 12-04-2012 08:08 AM

She's gonna love them. I am strictly a one sock at a time dpn kinda gal. I have worked with magic loop but I like the dpn's better. Of course, you always have one completed and you realize you have another to go, but unless it is a boring sock, I don't mind. :p

GrumpyGramma 12-04-2012 01:39 PM


Funny how we all do them differently.
One of the things I love about knitting. When I find that someone does something in a way I've not tried, I can try it! I have to look at the Sweet Tomato Heel again, I think I'll be doing Fleegle Heels this time.

dancejunky 12-04-2012 04:37 PM

The yarn isn't too hard to manage if you put all the balls into something snug and then turn all of them at once at the end of each half round. Alternate between clockwise and counterclockwise turning, and the yarns don't get tangled. Once I get to about mid instep, I simply tuck each ball of yarn into the toe it's attached to.

Here's my yarn-management system for 4AAT:

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