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Title: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 08, 2021, 10:54:04 AM
I mentioned last month that it might be nice to do a Sock knit along this month so if anyone is interested shall we start, I was thinking of starting next week.

I am not thinking of any hard and fast rules but I will post some notes and links on Monday for anyone who needs any help or inspiration.  In the meantime maybe you would like to look out some sock wool there are loads of different types out there and of course you can use thicker yarn if you want heavier socks.

Hope to see you here soon, if you have any question or suggestions please let me know.
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: realale on September 08, 2021, 11:37:46 AM
As part of my 'try something new' campaign a few years ago I knit myself some socks following a Craftsy programme. They turned out so big (my measurements not tension  :|) that my husband has worn them since. He claims they are the most comfortable socks he owns and looks hopefully at me with puppy eyes every time he wears them. However, I'm not a knitter and that pair was enough for me to be satisfied - having said that it would solve the 'what do I get him for Christmas' dilemma!!  :laughing:
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: BrendaP on September 08, 2021, 12:27:59 PM
@Celia  Did the knit along get going?
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: Celia on September 08, 2021, 13:00:44 PM
This is what I am trying to get started @BrendaP so just grab you wool😍

@realale come on join us, think how happy your hubby will be.
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: Flobear on September 08, 2021, 13:50:37 PM
I'm in. I just bought some sock wool the other day  :thumbsup:

I have also been investigating 'slipper socks' as I would like to knit a pair for when my Tigger socks are in the wash. Haven't found a free pattern that I really like. Has to be knitted in the round, can't be doing with sewing!
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: Ploshkin on September 08, 2021, 15:45:25 PM
@Flobear try looking for an adult knitted ugg boot pattern or look at Drops Design.  You may find something that fits the bill.
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: Ann on September 08, 2021, 16:50:13 PM
I'm in. I've started on my 2nd pair yesterday. They will never look as well matched as your @Celia. But DD will love them.

This time, I'm doing the Snake River sock pattern and following along another video series to see what else I can learn. But here is the first cuff.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MINjvwdLWUs/YTiIcZUcJpI/AAAAAAAAulw/WzfoLNhs6V8IrqI2y4q6xUa2clw2HiYBgCLcBGAsYHQ/w300-h400/IMG_9250.JPG)

The second sock is cast on and 2 rows of ribbing has been knit.
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: Flobear on September 08, 2021, 17:22:14 PM
I like K2 P2 rib. It always seems cosy and looks neat.
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: Pearl on September 08, 2021, 18:17:34 PM
I’m in and I have sock yarn.   :dance:
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: toileandtrouble on September 08, 2021, 21:31:40 PM
@Celia  Are we all following one pattern or doing our own thing?
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: Celia on September 08, 2021, 22:14:01 PM
@toileandtrouble   I am intending to launch this with a few suggestions re patterns etc  on Monday but there are no real rules and you can of course use your own pattern if you would like.
Title: Re: September sock knit along
Post by: BrendaP on September 08, 2021, 23:40:44 PM
I'll probably use the pattern that is in my head (http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/knitting/scrapbuster.htm) as I've now made it so many times; the question is what colour will they be?
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 09, 2021, 11:13:46 AM
Time to introduce my socks. I am knitting cuff down socks using Patons Kroy Socks Yarn in Slate Jacquard. Needles are 2.5mm circular needles. The sock is from Knit A Sock  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uewyVE7rkEc&t=629s) and I chose to knit the pattern for the leg and instep from the Snake River Sock (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snake-river-socks) pattern.

I have chosen to knit the socks at the same time on 2 separate needles. The cuffs are done which was the easy part.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8YvK89Puq7M/YTnZiN9rjZI/AAAAAAAAumk/5aZ8Yi7WHK0wMXBSCCmTVi5V7xkcbXFhACLcBGAsYHQ/w400-h300/IMG_9260.jpg)

I have knit one pattern repeat on the first sock.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BaZviMM4nW0/YTnZwupczkI/AAAAAAAAumo/1BntNnX66wYROFd3fVolG3bGAFowzu5VQCLcBGAsYHQ/w300-h400/IMG_9261.JPG)

I've now started the first pattern repeat on the 2nd sock. Once it is done, I will probably knit the leg on the first sock and then go back and knit the leg on the 2nd sock.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 09, 2021, 11:54:57 AM
@Ann they look fantastic, well done
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Iminei on September 09, 2021, 16:33:39 PM
Quote from Vegegrows  who is always in my heart ...

March 06, 2017, 20:27:48 PM »

And very smart they are too... If I knitted socks they would fit an elephant...    I knit very very loosely


Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on September 09, 2021, 23:24:39 PM
I’ve knitted socks from a kit before so have no idea about yarn or pattern. Any help including stockists gratefully received.
I only buy as much wool as possible socks for winter these days and find the heel gets worn out fairly quickly. Is there anything I need to consider when making hand knitted ones? Is it ok to use 100% wool to knit them?

Thank you
CR :angel:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 10, 2021, 00:50:44 AM
@classical retro, look at my post and watch the videos on Knit Socks.

When I knit socks I use wool and nylon. These socks are 75% wool, 25% nylon.  I’m hoping the padded heel on these ones are continued on down until you finish the gusset. I did them on the previous socks to see if they will last longer on DD this winter.

For this pair I’m doing a more difficult pattern and following along. I’m enjoying it so far and am learning lots.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 10, 2021, 07:57:16 AM
@classical retro socks are mostly knitted using wool with a small percentage of  nylon.  It is generally called sock yarn and is widely available at any knitting shop or internet supplier. 
A good place for beginners is the Knitting Squirrel website.  She has a very detailed sock knitting tutorial for  first time sock knitters.  That's what I used for my first pair.  I now use a basic free pattern that I had with Opal sock yarn  because it's a good fit for me.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on September 10, 2021, 08:49:58 AM
Thank you Ann and Ploshkin. Research in progress, will need to check what needles I have. Great reason to go charity shopping with crossed fingers that the right ones are there. All being well should be able to join in.

 
CR :angel:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 10, 2021, 10:15:26 AM
If you are looking for a reasonable priced sock yarn I find this one really good, I am just finishing a pair and will post more detail after the weekend when I can photograph them.

https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/drops-fabel-all-colours

Drops do do another sock yarn called delight but I have not found that so good.  I have also used

https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/drops-nord-all-colours

Which is lovely but I can’t say how well it lasts as I made mittens.

https://www.marrineryarns.com/knitting-yarns/marriner-cosy-toes-4-ply-sock-yarn-100g-91.asp

This is another nice and reasonable priced yarn it is however a little thinner but I have knitted it to my usual size and it is fine, very soft yarn though.

Hope these links might help
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on September 10, 2021, 11:09:01 AM
I'm joining in, I bought a ball of Regia stripe yarn yesterday. I'm abandoning the cardigan I was knitting in black with a lace border as I simply can't see what I am trying to do. It will be unwound and made into something simpler.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on September 10, 2021, 11:35:47 AM
The Regia wools are brilliant.  I made GS a pair of toddler socks from the leftovers after a grown up pair.  He loved them. They were handed down to another set of GS's and they were as good as new.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 10, 2021, 13:03:11 PM
@Ploshkin, I had a look at the Knitting Squirrel and that is a good website to learn how to knit socks. I will be using some of her ideas to knit DDIL and DGS's socks.

The socks are coming along. One sock now has 2 pattern repeats done on it and I will probably do 4-5 repeats in total before I decide if I want to do more than that. DD loves the yarn so she will be happy to have 2 pairs of socks to wear this winter when feeding her horses.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 11, 2021, 09:43:01 AM
I dug out a ball of sock yarn and started on a sock last night - thank you @Celia for the nudge.
about 3 years back I bought half a dozen sock yarns with different fibre content to try out.  This one is 50:25:25 wool / polyamide / viscose.  I am not a fan of self patterning yarns and avoid them now but I bought this before I decided that I didn't like them.  It's a 3 ply and looks as if it is coming up a bit small but it is nice and stretchy and I think it will be fine - I like well fitting socks not loose, floppy ones.  In the flesh it's actually more red than orange.  I'm using a free pattern that I got with a ball of sock wool.  It's cuff down.  I had several tries at toe up and just didn't like doing it that way so I stick with cuff down now.
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Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on September 11, 2021, 12:03:45 PM
@Flobear  if you want to make slipper socks, what you need is this:
        Rico Sock Stop - Non-Slip Latex Based Paint  - available from Woolwarehouse but probably lots of places.
You paint  a pattern on the sole of the sock and there you go.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 11, 2021, 12:19:33 PM
@Flobear  if you want to make slipper socks, what you need is this:
        Rico Sock Stop - Non-Slip Latex Based Paint  - available from Woolwarehouse but probably lots of places.
You paint  a pattern on the sole of the sock and there you go.

Yes I have used this in the past but not for me so not sure how well it washes etc, anyone else used it?
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 11, 2021, 18:59:32 PM
Brilliant @toileandtrouble ! I was wondering what to do about slippery bottoms  ;)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 13, 2021, 10:02:02 AM
Glad to see a few of you have already started your socks, Hee are a few suggestions for patterns

https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-gb/l/knitting/knitting-patterns/free-knitting-patterns/free-sock-knitting-patterns

There are a lot to choose from on this site and mostly free.   

https://www.wyspinners.com/Free%20Patterns/Signature%204ply%20Candy%20Cane%20Christmas%20socks  This is another good pattern for beginners.

If anyone needs help in choosing a pattern or would rather have a pattern to knit too please ask.

This is the knit a long I have just completed https://www.acknitwear.co.uk/blog/tag/Use+Every+Scrap+Knitalong
It is a bit different as it is a toe up sock with an afterthought heel,  I enjoyed it and if anyone else wants to do something different then it is fun. I will post photos later and more details of how I kitted these socks.


Please post a photo of your wool and also tell us a bit about the sort of socks you are going to knit. There is no time limit on when they need to be done but it would be good to have interim photos too.


Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 13, 2021, 10:05:22 AM
OK.  Tentatively testing the water with my big toe...  I think I'm in!  I thought I had some suitable yarn in the stash, but I can't lay my hands on it, so, OH is going to collect some after work for me from a lady on FB.

It's advertised as Sock Yarn and the name is Rainbow Ioro, although I have no clue as to the brand.

I was going to use the same pattern I used for the last Christmas socks, but wondering now, if I might go for something a little fancier... I will check the links.

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Jessie

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 13, 2021, 10:20:04 AM
That yarn looks lovely @b15erk

Here is another link for a different sort of heel https://youtu.be/GLdaxC6nzPk I might knit this next I do actually have this book but you could use this heel on any pattern, Jen is very good at her explanations.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 13, 2021, 10:27:57 AM
Ok, well, I've has a look, and they all look very complicated.  :facepalm:

So, I think I will go with the pattern I used before, which is from VeryPink.com, and is the Toe-Up Socks, Using German Short Rows.  The sizes fit Men, Women and children, and her explanation of the process is excellent.  Very plain, but as I'm using Rainbow yarn, that's OK.

One day I'll progress to a fancy cable... :rolleyes:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on September 13, 2021, 10:55:19 AM
I’m in a little late.

I haven’t finished my cardigan but love socks and need a change so don’t tell @Lowena but I’m putting it away for a while.

I’ll sort out yarn later but intend to do two at once on long cables as I have severe second sock syndrome.

Will look for yarn and choose a pattern later, there must be something in the stash. 
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 13, 2021, 11:41:18 AM
@b15erk thats the other one I was thinking of doing next, now I don’t know which one to start?
https://youtu.be/if6V-gNT-Ng
A link for anyone else that’s interested
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 13, 2021, 11:48:14 AM
Woo hoo! I did a tension square for some leftover wool and, wonder of wonders, it came out exactly right for the pattern. That NEVER happens! Only problem is that I haven't got enough for the whole job.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on September 13, 2021, 11:55:10 AM
I don't knit socks very often so I forget how to turn the heel every time! I've done it now using a very helpful tutorial on german short rows.
https://nimble-needles.com/tutorials/german-short-row-heel-tutorial/

For some reason I couldn't get it right with the Regia leaflet I have used in the past, my brain just wouldn't work with it. Of course the bottle of red wine I was sharing at the time didn't help.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 13, 2021, 12:50:57 PM
@Flobear what is your wool that you haven't got enough of?  I've got loads of sock wool, I may have something that will fit in with what you have.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 13, 2021, 15:34:00 PM
Thank you @Ploshkin a kind offer. It's not sock wool, I'm knitting slipper socks and am using Drops Nepal left over from my cardi and hat. I may have something to go with it or I could order an odd ball in.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 13, 2021, 17:03:14 PM
@Flobear  I have some leftover Drops Nepal in light grey and (I think) a red / orange colour.  Any good for a stripe or two?
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 13, 2021, 17:16:07 PM
Ooh. Grey would work as the colour I have is a slightly bluish pink. Red/orange prob. clashy with that.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 13, 2021, 19:23:52 PM
Now I have to find it.  I think I know where it is.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 13, 2021, 19:42:14 PM
My yarn has arrived!!  Now what do I do with it?  I haven't had anything like this since the olden days!!  :scream: :thinking:

Do I wash it? Or use it as it is?  The most effort I usually put in is finding the end bit in the middle of the ball...

Jessie

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 13, 2021, 21:51:52 PM
My yarn has arrived!!  Now what do I do with it?  I haven't had anything like this since the olden days!!  :scream: :thinking:

Do I wash it? Or use it as it is?  The most effort I usually put in is finding the end bit in the middle of the ball...

Jessie

It's not usual to wash yarn unless it is obviously soiled.  Better wait and then wash the finished item; that will help smooth out any irregularities.

As for finding the end bit in the middle of the ball ...   :scream:
It's a hot topic, some people like to pull from the middle, others of us much refer to work from the outside.  The reasons why I don't like pulling from the middle is that it always gets to a point where the whole lot collapses and then I have to try and sort it whilst it's connected to the knitting, and more often than not fishing around for that end  results in a tangled birdsnest coming out rather than a single end. 

The only time I pull from the middle is if I'm rewinding using a winder, the ball jumps around less and pulling it all in one go means it gets further in before it collapses.  I usually only rewind if I'm trying to divide a large ball into two  so that I can work both socks at the same time.  If it's a patterned yarn I might rewind several times in order to find the colour repeat.  I do like my socks to be identical twins, not fraternal siblings.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 13, 2021, 21:54:56 PM
I've made a start.  The plan is to use turquoise (which is rather lighter and brighter than in the photo) in every  alternate stripe with different colours between.

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Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on September 13, 2021, 22:34:44 PM
Embarrassingly, I didn't finish the sock kit (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/the-sock-knitting-kit-six-splendid-patterns-for-toasty-toes) socks so now's my chance. I am doing the Unisex Socks. I don't have the ball band and there is only one ball, but the wool is soft so that's a bonus.

The kit has 5 pins, 3mm by the looks of things, which I didn't use last time. I'm wondering whether that was because I needed 3.25 to get the correct gauge.  Is knitting with 5 like knitting on 3 but with fewer stitches per pins?  (52 to cast on.)

I also like the idea of doing two at once so at least there is some chance of them being the same size. Do I knit one from the outer ball and the other from inside the ball or divide the one ball in half as best I can?

Thank you Celia for starting this. You've got me motivated to start knitting again. Only 1 other UFO!

CR :angel:

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 13, 2021, 22:50:02 PM
Well, @classical retro , knitting on 5 means exactly what you say, though strictly speaking the knitting is on 4 needles because the 5th travels round, as it were.

I have tried knitting one item from the outside of the ball and one from the inside but the yarn has to be untangled fairly often which would be more nightmarish with that number of needles as well.  If the yarn is a 100g ball, you could wind off 50g of yarn using kitchen scales to get the right amount.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on September 13, 2021, 23:38:58 PM
@classical retro  do as Flobear says and wind off half the wool.
 If you have the self patterning sort of yarn, then you must rewind the second   ball so that the pattern is turned back the right way and will match. Start the second sock at the same colour as the first.
 You can calculate from the number of rows in the decrease, how long the toe part is. (2" on my pattern)
 Then you can stop knitting the straight bit of the foot and start the toe at the right place to make the sock fit you. You will find them really comfortable.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 14, 2021, 00:19:53 AM

The kit has 5 pins, 3mm by the looks of things, which I didn't use last time. I'm wondering whether that was because I needed 3.25 to get the correct gauge.  Is knitting with 5 like knitting on 3 but with fewer stitches per pins?  (52 to cast on.)

@classical retro
If your yarn is 4ply weight (fingering/sock) then unless you knit very tightly 3.25mm needles are much too big for socks.  They would be fine for knitting a 4 ply jumper or hat or whatever, but socks need to be at a much firmer tension/guage - unless you want them to wear through very quickly.

I am using 2.25 needles, 4 ply yarns and have cast on 64 stitches (cuff down) which I nearly always do.  I knit to a farly average tension and I know that they will fit my 5 - 5.5 UK size feet.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 14, 2021, 09:34:17 AM
I nearly always use 2.5 needles for my socks I am quite a tight knitter so I have with some wools gone to 2.75.

  I usually use a 60 stitch pattern for myself but interestingly the last pair were a bit snug, i knitted them from the toe up, shouldn’t make a difference but  :thinking:  I also knitted them two at a time but on 2 sets of needles so I knitted the toe of one and then the other then moved on to the foot etc I loved this as it meant two finished socks.  I use magic loop most of the time so can in theory do two at a time but really didn’t like this method last time I tried it but might try again sometime.


Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on September 14, 2021, 10:27:56 AM
I've finished one sock, and tried it on for size before cutting the yarn. It fits so will go ahead with it's mate.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 14, 2021, 10:39:23 AM
I'm going to upset the apple cart. When I knit DGS's socks, I use 3.25 mm needles and sock yarn. I do a K2, P2 rib to the toes. Why you ask? He is diabetic and likes the socks knit to this gauge. He has never worn out a pair and the boys across the street are wearing them now. Maybe they will wear them out.

The socks I am knitting right now are on 2.5mm needles for DD. I've only knit her heavier socks so wonder how these will wear for her. I will be knitting her heavier socks when I get these socks and another pair knit. I have the yarn for them in the stash and am looking forward to making them.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on September 14, 2021, 13:20:17 PM
Well a root through the stash resulted in this
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Last nights trawl through Ravelry resulted in me choosing https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sockmaticians-toe-ups

I’ve abandoned plans to knit two at once as I will be doing a bit of maths along the way.

Tonight’s job is to wind the balls and knit my swatch.

@classical retro please don’t try and knit from both ends of the ball, believe me it would only end in tears, I tried it once and it was a disaster.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: fajita on September 14, 2021, 16:26:39 PM
I’m still not committed, but, just in case, I’ve trawled the cupboards and found the makings for a pair. I’ll just go and view a couple of your links.
But I’m definitely not committed yet.

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 14, 2021, 17:04:59 PM
Come on @fajita the more the merrier  :loveit:

Here are the socks I finished yesterday, they are knitted toe up with an afterthought heel, they don’t match as they were using up oddments left over. They aren’t washes yet
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: fajita on September 14, 2021, 17:08:49 PM
They are lovely @Celia

I’m just starting a test gauge, I’ll see if my fingers still know how to hold a needle. 
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on September 14, 2021, 17:26:17 PM
I’m still not committed, but, just in case, I’ve trawled the cupboards and found the makings for a pair. I’ll just go and view a couple of your links.
But I’m definitely not committed yet.

Oh yes you are!
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 14, 2021, 19:47:53 PM
@fajita Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on!
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 14, 2021, 20:01:36 PM

Tonight’s job is to wind the balls and knit my swatch.


A swatch that's big enough to measure properly is about half the size of a single sock - and needs to be knitted in the round if the sock pattern is in the round.  So why not just get stuck in and work a decent portion of the sock, measure it for guage and if it's OK then you have half a sock already completed.  0_0
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on September 14, 2021, 20:54:11 PM
Because @BrendaP the pattern I am using needs you to know how many stitches  you are getting to the inch as you choose the type of yarn and the needle size
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sockmaticians-toe-ups

I only need to knit an inch or so of a 4" width and its now done.  Just need to measure the width of my foot.

I like to kit a sample before I start to get a feel for the yarn. This has got silk in so a little indulgent for socks but they will feel beautiful
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on September 14, 2021, 21:13:24 PM
Thank you so much for all your comments, support and stories. I have done a bit more research.
The kit comes with 2.75 needles,which is a bit confusing as the booklet says the mid calf socks can be knitted with from the yarn and needles in the kit. The tension square asks for 3mm needles though and Brenda, indeed has a firmer knit than the 3.25 needles, however it is smaller than the required tension according to the pattern. How can I remedy this? 

The yarn I think is sports weight (is that aran?), or double knitting, certainly not 4ply, and the finished size should be women's medium. With size 4 shoe, I consider myself to have small feet. Do I?

Even more confusing it's written in k2p2 rib, but the gauge is in stocking stitch, which I intend to use. I shall definitely divide the wool into two, but as I only have one set of 5 pins will have to do one at a time. However I have found another set of 2.75 4 pins. so could have one roaming needle and knit the two simultaneouly. 

And the learning from this exercise, thus far, never throw the ball band away until the garment is completed!


CR :angel:

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on September 14, 2021, 21:42:11 PM
@Ellabella  My husband has been wearing a pair with silk in the mix.  They have pilled slightly after quite a few washes, but still beautifully comfortable.  ( I really ought to have hand washed them  :|).
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 14, 2021, 22:33:44 PM
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.however it is smaller than the required tension according to the pattern. How can I remedy this?   
@classical retro I've knitted most of my socks from the same basic pattern.  The pattern is for 4 ply on 3mm needles.  When I have had 3 ply yarn I use smaller needles but to compensate I knit the next size up.  There's quite a bit of leeway in sock fitting and the most important measurement, the length of the foot, you have complete control over regardless of your yarn, needles or tension because you start shaping when the foot length is correct for your foot.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on September 14, 2021, 22:53:25 PM
Not promising anything but I've found out the wool and pins and circular needles. I've also found the swatch I did - pity I can't remember which needles I did it on.
All I have to do now is find where I put all my patterns, they're in a folder and I knew exactly where they were before we moved  ><
Until I decide on the pattern I can't do much else.
I'm not a speedy knitter so this could take some time if I do decide to have a go.

Quick question - Do I unravel my swatch and start the socks by using the wool from that (it's still attached to the ball!!) or do I just knit away and hope I have enough? - looking at the swatch it knits up as a pattern.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on September 15, 2021, 00:12:12 AM
Yet more research reveals that the wool in the kit isn't enough to make the socks, so I've gone for this (https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/drops-nord-rust-mix-11-50g) and will use the pattern. Looks like I'll have a busy weekend if I'm to catch up. Hope there are a few good matinees on.

Thank you all again.
CR :angel:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Iminei on September 15, 2021, 07:16:18 AM
But wont the socks/garment be itchy????? Or am I being dense? And how will they stay up?
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 15, 2021, 09:01:08 AM
@Iminei I can't wear anything itchy next to my skin but I do wear hand knitted socks which are usually wool with 25% nylon or may have silk in the mix.  I think sock yarn is generally designed to be soft.  I do often wear thin cotton socks under as it's mostly a cold time of year when I'm wearing them.  They're not grippy and elasticated but  knit is stretchy so they don't fall down, might wrinkle a bit but I only knit shortish ones anyway and am happy with a rucked up bit above the top of my boots.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 15, 2021, 09:15:21 AM
@classical retro please don’t worry about catching up, this isn’t a race it is just lovely to see what other people are doing, I am only as far as the rib on one foot and since I am in a sock making mood I will probably continue with more socks.
The yarn you have chosen is lovely I have used it before but only to make mittens, there that’s a good idea I feel a knit a mitten along coming on sometime in the future : :loveit:

As far as size is concerned I have just decided to go up a size as the last ones came out a bit smaller, the important thing is to go up by 4 stitches if you are wanting to do a classic type heel, there are loads of different ones, now I am worrying they may be too big …… I usually use 60 stitches but this time am trying 64


@Iminei i am the same I can’t wear real  wool jumpers, my excuse for wearing cashmere, I have no problems with wool socks not sure why.

@realale I hope you find your pattern soon if not shout out and I am sure we can find a similar one for you, please do join in if you can.


Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 15, 2021, 09:26:16 AM
@Celia I suppose we don't have the same sensitivity in the skin on our feet.  I too can't wear woollen jumpers next to my skin but I can wear one over a short  sleeved cotton T shirt provided the wool is soft and there is no wool touching my neck so I have to be very choosy about styles.  I would like to be able to wear more wool rather than fleece.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 15, 2021, 09:29:59 AM
@Ploshkin yes that’s me too, I am lucky as I used to work with cashmere and ended up with all the reject, samples etc but it has rather spoilt me because it is about the only thing that keeps me warm in winter.  I still have some left so will probably need to knit some of that up soon, don’t think it would make good socks though :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 15, 2021, 09:48:47 AM

The kit comes with 2.75 needles,which is a bit confusing as the booklet says the mid calf socks can be knitted with from the yarn and needles in the kit. The tension square asks for 3mm needles though and Brenda, indeed has a firmer knit than the 3.25 needles, however it is smaller than the required tension according to the pattern. How can I remedy this? 

The yarn I think is sports weight (is that aran?), or double knitting, certainly not 4ply, and the finished size should be women's medium. With size 4 shoe, I consider myself to have small feet. Do I?

Even more confusing it's written in k2p2 rib, but the gauge is in stocking stitch, which I intend to use. I shall definitely divide the wool into two, but as I only have one set of 5 pins will have to do one at a time. However I have found another set of 2.75 4 pins. so could have one roaming needle and knit the two simultaneouly. 


If the guage is in stocking stitch you should work any tension swatch in stocking stitch.

Also, as I mentioned in my previous post if the socks are to be knitted in the round then the tension swatch should be worked in the round - or a square where you knit across, *leave a loose loop of thread and knit across again.  Repeat from *   In that way you always have the front of the work facing you , as you do when knitting in the round.

This is necessary because many, probably most, people get a different tension when knitting than they do when purling.  Does your back and forth stocking stitch show 'rowing out'?  That's when the ridges go in pairs with a looser row and then a tighter row.  It's often the purl that's looser.

I've knit so many socks now that if I'm using 4 ply thickness of any brand and my favourite 2.25mm needles I don't bother with the tension swatch.  Hand knitted socks need to be snug fitting with a little bit of negative ease.  Try the socks on as you go.  If they are snug around your foot make them to the full foot length, if they are not so snug make the foot a bit shorter than yours to put the negative ease into the length.  Hand knitting is very flexible, even at the tighter than average guage needed for socks.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 15, 2021, 10:27:50 AM
I haven't started knitting yet apart from the 10 cm square for tension. Never occurred to me to knit a tension square in the round - I'm always learning something from lovely TSPers  :grouphug:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 15, 2021, 11:14:34 AM
I haven't started knitting yet, still casting off my baby blanket.  I did manage to wind one of the skeins of wool yesterday though - yes, wool + 15% nylon.  I can't wear wool, but I know DD won't have a problem, and she loved the last pair of socks I knit for her.

Great information on here which I never knew - thanks all, particularly @BrendaP , I'll be re-reading your info about tension before I start.

I'm wondering now if my pattern is suitable for 'fingering'... :thinking:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on September 15, 2021, 14:03:24 PM
Knitting socks scares me to death  :faints: The first sock i knitted a couple of years back came out so huge you could of used it as a christmas stocking  :laughing:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 15, 2021, 15:47:30 PM
Come on @Diane you can do it, just grab some sock yarn and have a go,  knit a very basic sock and see how it comes out we can adjust the size for a second pair if need be.  I would suggest either
https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/drops-fabel-all-colours  Or https://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/yarn/west-yorkshire-spinners-signature-4-ply-all-colours. Or maybe https://www.marrineryarns.com/knitting-yarns/marriner-cosy-toes-4-ply-sock-yarn-100g-91.asp.  Or any other sock wool you like.

If you are usually an average tension knitter I would go with 2.5 needles, I prefer to knit magic loop style butwhatever you are happier with. 

If you decide to have a go let us know what size shoe you are aiming the sock to fit.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on September 15, 2021, 15:59:40 PM
@Celia I have plenty of sock wool upstairs :boohoo: maybe i shouldn't have mentioned that as i've sort of roped myself into this :laughing: I'm a size 7
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 15, 2021, 16:13:37 PM
Great get that wool out and find the needles. I am a size 61/2 and usually knit a 60 stitch sock but am just trying a 64 in the YSW sock yarn, this might be a mistake but if it is I will give them to my son. If you need a pattern let me know. :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on September 15, 2021, 16:23:22 PM
Lets hope i can't find the wool or the pattern  ;)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 15, 2021, 16:24:08 PM
I am willing you to find them :thumbsup:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on September 15, 2021, 16:24:55 PM
It's a bit dark upstairs, i might not be able to see them  :laughing:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 15, 2021, 16:27:49 PM
Take a torch @Diane  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on September 15, 2021, 16:45:52 PM
Found some wool  :thumbsup:  @Celia Is it easier to knit on a circular needle or three sock needles? I have both
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 15, 2021, 17:14:39 PM
It is up to you @Diane but you need at least 4 needles to knit in the round, I prefer circular knitted like this https://youtu.be/-SFy_OJT-pc
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 15, 2021, 17:55:06 PM
It's strange.  I use a circular needle for all my knitting and do magic loop for tubular knitting wherever possible to avoid having to sew things up.  But, I wouldn't even attempt magic loop for socks.  I like my dpns for socks.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on September 15, 2021, 18:25:06 PM
The gauge says "6 inches per inch worsted weight, 7 stitches per inch sport's weight", which I read literally and stocking stitched those numbers. Maybe I should make a bigger piece then measure a square inch then count. :|  The wool I've been looking at is 4 ply which I've discovered is thinner than sports weight which is 5 ply. So I'll have to use my brain rather than be an automaton, my preferred way of doing things these days!

The yarn is sock wool, so should stay up Iminei. I looked up double cast on method, which may be a help, so I'm going to give it a try. If not, the shirring elastic will come out.

Thank you for your kind words Celia.  If I don't set myself a target to break it will end up lingering.

I don't quite understand the instructions Brenda, but I'll try again to make sense of it.

I've ordered my yarn. Yeah!

CR :angel:


Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Iminei on September 15, 2021, 18:31:23 PM
I think sock yarn is generally designed to be soft.

You can get sock yarn ?????  :faints:   :faints:    :faints:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 15, 2021, 19:18:47 PM
There's at least half a wall of sock yarn in Crafticalia in Tintern!
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 15, 2021, 19:50:05 PM
Busy day today, but I've got round to assembling my ingredients.  Like @Ploshkin , I can't use a circular needle for socks, so not only have I had to buy yarn, I've also had to buy DPN's to go with it...

What I've found out is, that I have quite a few DPN's but unfortunately, they have all got muddled up.  I spent a happy hour  :angry: sorting them out, and sizing them, only to realise, I have lots of 3.25 and 3.50 but nothing smaller.  Hopefully Mr Amazon will do his stuff, and by tomorrow I will have suitable needles.

On to the pattern.  :facepalm: :thinking: Firstly, I couldn't get in to Ravelry, so I needed to do lots of jiggery pokery with passwords etc.  Then, which pattern to choose?  Only time (and my lack of skill) will tell whether it's the right one!  :S

Tomorrow, I will begin.  :rolleyes:

Jessie

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 15, 2021, 22:11:35 PM
The gauge says "6 inches per inch worsted weight, 7 stitches per inch sport's weight", which I read literally and stocking stitched those numbers. Maybe I should make a bigger piece then measure a square inch then count.


A square inch isn't really enough to measure - it needs to be at least 2" x 2" and preferably 4" x 4"  and you need to cast on more stitches that that so that you are not measuring over the outside few stitches which can easily be distorted.  If your guage is 7 stitches per inch that's 28 inches per 4" so you need to measure over 28 stitches which means that you need to cast on about 34-36 stitches for your swatch - and if the pattern will be worked in the round you need that many stitches again or do the loopy back trick.

That's why I said in a previous posting that for socks it's hardly worth doing a swatch.  Just start knitting and by the time it's big enough to call it a tension swatch you will have a decent chink of sock already knitted.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 16, 2021, 10:15:23 AM
I've found a pattern I think may work.  It's a free one from Staci Perry from Very Pink Knits, and it's lacey...  I'm hoping that it will be as easy, and well written as the other pattern of hers I've done. Bubbles Down the Drain (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bubbles-down-the-drain)

I'm going to try it, although it has Short Rows instead of German Short Rows.  At least it has no charts to figure out...

I'm going in - wish me luck! :rolleyes:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 16, 2021, 10:18:26 AM
Well done @b15erk glad to see you joining in  :toast: I do like Very Pink knots videos she is very good at showing things, I haven’t tried the German short rows yet might have to be the next one I do.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 16, 2021, 11:49:48 AM
I've got this far with my socks and have had to put them down.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lx3SxRTxil8/YTyV2Kif5PI/AAAAAAAAunw/ai7zOErVNS4YhyJAIihG_8LlwBCM-UKewCLcBGAsYHQ/w300-h400/IMG_9272.JPG)

I'm testing a pattern for a doll designer and that is using up all my knitting time. She wants it done by tomorrow  :laughing: :laughing: and I'm not there yet. Seven days to knit a jumpsuit, shawl, and purse is a bit unrealistic as she is finding out. Real life gets in the way which I told her.

I'll get back at the socks as soon as this test pattern is knit.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 16, 2021, 12:13:27 PM
They look great @Ann don’t worry about the time it isn’t a race.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 16, 2021, 12:24:59 PM
Hmphhh, just casted on for the fourth time...  Things are not going to plan.  I've come upstairs to see if I can find a video to help.  Stitch count after the short rows isn't right.  :headbang:

On the positive side, the yarn is knitting up beautifully... :meditation:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 16, 2021, 12:29:53 PM
@Celia, I know there isn't a deadline here but I have one as these are a gift for DD. Once these are done, I can relax and knit other socks that I can put away to send her later on.

@b15erk, I still follow a video to turn the heel. If I don't I never have the right number of stitches.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on September 16, 2021, 15:15:59 PM
I've found my pattern file.
Now to decide on which one to do.....
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on September 16, 2021, 17:18:58 PM
I really struggled last night as I couldn’t remember Judy Becker’s magic cast on,so I YouTubed it and then started magic looping inside out.  I really shouldn’t start these things at 9.00pm. :facepalm:

Everything on track now, I just get so frustrated when I can’t remember a process that a few years ago was second nature. It’s an age thing :boohoo:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 16, 2021, 21:14:29 PM
@Ellabella i know exactly what you mean, at one time I completely forgot how to do Kitchener stitch and spent half a night trying to get it right.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on September 16, 2021, 23:57:00 PM
@Celia i can only do Kitchener stitch if I have the instructions in front of me and say them aloud as I do it, hence my preference for toe up socks.

Half a foot worked tonight which is good going for me.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 17, 2021, 07:09:52 AM
I have half a sock!!  Well, nearly half a sock...  I've not reached the heel yet, but it's looking good. :thumbsup:

My new needles arrived, a great set, and very cheap, but far too long for socks.  For now, I've cobbled together a set of mis-matched dpns - same sze but different lengths, and they are OK, but not ideal.  Just ordered another set.

I wish I could get more of this lovely yarn I bought from a local seller, but she only has DK left.  The yarn I got was reduced to £6 a skein, and is beautiful to knit with.  I've looked at other sellers, and it can be £20+ per skein.  :(

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 17, 2021, 07:39:51 AM
I finished my first sock last night!
Now I've got to try and find the same colour change in the ball to startvthe second one and it's a very long colour repeat.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 17, 2021, 11:15:14 AM
Before I go and start a pile of ironing that I've managed to ignore for a few days, I thought I would post a pic of my first 'Bubbles Down the Drain' Sock.

Once I got into my stride with the short rows, everything has gone smoothly.  The next challenge will be the heel...

Having said all that, I'm finding it very pleasant using proper Fingering Sock Yarn.  Just waiting for my proper needles to arrive, and life will be sweet.

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Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 17, 2021, 11:23:23 AM
Ooh, that looks really good Jessie, I like the colour.  I've got some plain grey flecked sock yarn that I would like to do in a textured pattern.  I might look at that one though it isn't my usual cuff down process and I've never ventured into German short rows as far as I know.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 17, 2021, 11:38:43 AM
@b15erk   Jessie, keep using the mis-matched needles for the pair.  If you change part way through, or use a different set for the second sock it could affect your tension.  No need to ask how I know!

Mine are coming along, only a couple more stripes on each before I start the heel flaps.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 17, 2021, 11:39:20 AM
@Ploshkin , these aren't called German Short Rows , just ordinary Short Rows, and after a few false starts, I found them very easy. 

I'll report back on the heel, which may be a challenge...

I have to say, I find Staci Perry's (Very Pink Knits), patterns, very easy to follow, and this has another advantage in that it's free!

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 17, 2021, 11:41:05 AM
@BrendaP . that sounds sensible, but the needles I have coming look soooo nice!  :'(

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 17, 2021, 12:56:05 PM
@b15erk  I had a similar problem and needed to change needles I just made sure I changed at the same point on the socks maybe you could do that.  Love the pattern  :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Lowena on September 17, 2021, 12:58:00 PM
I'm glad I didn't try to join in.
I've never heard of most of what's being discussed  :|
I can only do knit and purl on metal, straight needles.....and even that looks like a 7 yr old did it... ( I think the last one I knitted was when I was 7 and had to do it at school ) :D
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 17, 2021, 13:00:46 PM
@Lowena ok the next knitathon might just have to be a scarf  :devil:  I am not happy if I can’t get people knitting  :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: fajita on September 17, 2021, 13:06:06 PM
You can knit socks on normal needles.

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Lowena on September 17, 2021, 13:08:05 PM
Yes @fajita  but phrases like " turn the heel" "cuff down" and " German short rows" might as well be in Swahili  :faints:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 17, 2021, 13:23:24 PM
@Lowena , I would have said exactly the same (and probably did!) last year, before I knitted my first pair of socks.

I found lots of help on YouTube, and for me Staci Perry was the one who clicked with me.  Yes, I made a lot of mistakes, and most of my first efforts were not wearable, but for the first time last year, I made proper socks. Ugly socks, but proper...

Yes, I still have to refer to videos to clarify certain techniques, but at the end of the day, it's a ball of yarn and a set of needles, if I make a mess of it, I've not lost a lot, but I've given it a shot. 

The thing that spurred me on to try this knit along, is that I can ask for help, I can admire what everyone else is doing, and I learn something from people who are more experienced.  My DD and BF also loved their hand made gifts.

Please don't abandon it out of hand, you may just gain something from joining in.

Jessiex
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Lowena on September 17, 2021, 14:10:17 PM
Thank you @b15erk  but I know my limitations. You're much more adept at crafting than I am.... ( you can even make clothes  :faints: )
Also, I'm not a visual learner. No amount of watching videos would be any help, so YouTube is a non starter. I need basic written instructions suitable for aforementioned 7 yr old  :D
I tried to learn to crochet... :'(  embroider...... :'(  I'd love to try weaving but fear my inate cackhandedness would render the outlay useless.... :|
I've always yearned to be a craftsperson but fear, at my advanced age, it's not to be.
I haven't even ventured into The Darkside for months as everything I touched went wrong.
I'll enjoy looking at The Sock Parade in due course  <3
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on September 17, 2021, 18:22:04 PM
Well, I sorted out my patterns, set myself up in front of the computer and began a toe up Craftsy class I had. Managed to cast on the stitches, began first knitting - well, what a (trying to think of polite phrase here and failing). So I ripped it all off my dpn and tried with magic loop. Nope, not going to happen.
Undaunted I moved to a different Craftsy class, top down this time. Double Norwegian cast on - I hadn't pulled enough of the wool to finish all the stitches, undo , allow extra wool and start again. Mind wanders and I manage to get into a pickle, nevermind I can do this, start again. Get nearly all stitches on and I run out of tail wool again. Undo, carefully replace needles, wool and pattern and head towards drinks cabinet........
Perhaps tomorrow  -<
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Deafoldbat on September 17, 2021, 19:01:29 PM
Quote
I hadn't pulled enough of the wool to finish all the stitches, undo , allow extra wool and start again.

@realale If you cast on starting with a slip knot and working forwards from there, ie make a stitch and put it on the lh needle, knit behind it to make the next stitch and so on you just cast on the stitches you need and start knitting. Simples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFkYejFGwsI
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 17, 2021, 19:24:20 PM
Yes @fajita  but phrases like " turn the heel" "cuff down" and " German short rows" might as well be in Swahili  :faints:
@Lowena
Cuff down means exactly what it says, you start knitting at the cuff and work downwards towars the heel and on to the toe. Toe up is the opposite.  99.99% of all socks are knitted that way.  A few very perverse patterns have you start at the heel and work both ways.

Turning the heel just means a few decreases (knitting 2 together or similar) in the right places to make the sock foot shaped.

Short rows, German or otherwise, just means turning the work before the end of a row, though there are fancy tricks to avoid that leaving a hole in the work.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Renegade Sewist on September 18, 2021, 00:29:13 AM
@Lowena ok the next knitathon might just have to be a scarf  :devil:  I am not happy if I can’t get people knitting  :loveit:

@Celia I can manage scarfs!  :thumbsup: A basic stockinette, 6 or 7 inches wide only takes me about 10 days. I'm also proficient ok at dishcloths knit on the diagonal. Beyond that all I know is what DPN stands for.

Question though, oh sock Gurus, anyone work with non wool sock yarn? I'll need to find mine, it was a blend with nylon for durability. I'm a bit allergic to wool, at least on my upper torso, and sensitive to nylon. What I have splits terribly, has no stretch at all but knits up just gorgeous and crochets nicely too. But I don't really knit or crochet so clueless.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 18, 2021, 09:48:25 AM
@Renegade Sewist , I've used non-wool yarn previously, as I hate the feel of wool on my skin - not sure it's an allergy...?   I certainly can't use lanolin based creams.

This time I tried 'proper' sock yarn, wool, with 15% nylon and it's hand dyed - no I didn't sell a kidney for it, it was a local bargain on FB.

I have to say knitting with it is a delight, and surprisingly, it hasn't troubled my hands.

I'll be giving these socks away as Christmas presents, so they won't irritate my skin.

I checked out the price of hand knitted socks yesterday  :faints: £25 +

I too would like to knit a couple of scarves...

Jessie

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 18, 2021, 10:13:41 AM
@Renegade Sewist  i have only used sock yarns with wool in but I can’t wear wool jumpers but can wear wool socks, if you go back a bit in this thread there are more comments about different wools.

I am all up for a scarf knit along maybe next month so watch this space, :devil:


Come on let’s have a few more part done photos, with details of the yarn if you can. we might encourage more knitters, not too late to join in if you haven’t already.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 18, 2021, 11:40:07 AM
I am hoping to get back to my socks in the next couple of days. I'm almost done the test pattern but I'm still working on it trying to do lots of rows a day. I'm missing my sock knitting time.

Hand knit socks are expensive. The yarn I'm using right now costs $8.49 CDN for a 50 gram skein and I buy 3 skeins for socks and then knit a doll's sweater with the left over yarn. When I buy DGS's yarn, it is about $32 CDN for a 100 gram skein. I have to buy 2 for his socks and should buy 3 so I can knit 2 pairs of socks. But it is pricey but the yarn is beautiful to knit; so soft and lovely to work with.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ohsewsimple on September 18, 2021, 12:45:38 PM
I can’t wear wool but love the wool socks I’ve had.  Keep your feet nice and warm in winter.  Maybe I’ll have to think about knitting my own.  Can’t join in this time round as life is a bit up and down at the mo and I can’t concentrate.  Sewing is much easier at the mo as I don’t have to really think about that too much.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 18, 2021, 13:42:32 PM
No problem @Ohsewsimple i am sure we can do it again, I am always up for a knit a long if anyone else wants one  :devil:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 19, 2021, 13:05:55 PM
A little disheartened this morning, as my sock looks mightily deformed...  The length of the foot looks ridiculously long - although I measured it against one I knit last year.

I also had to unpick a few times.  :rolleyes: I think this wasn't helped by the yarn I'm using. When I'm knitting certain colours, the yarn goes quite thin, which leaves the stitches loose on the needle.  Sometimes they are slipping off at both ends, and being a lace pattern, they soon unravel...

Ohhhh, the trials of a sock maker!  :laughing:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 19, 2021, 13:22:40 PM
Most of the socks I've made have been 75% wool, 25% nylon; Opal and Regia are the easiest obtain brands in UK.  More important to me though is that the wool content is superwash because I know that my socks always get thrown into the washing machine.

With this pair I'm breaking the 'rules' a bit in that the main blue colour isn't really sock wool, just a 4-ply that's 75% acrylic, 25% superwash.  Only time will tell how well they wear but I have yet to throw away a pair of hand knitted socks because they wore out, but I have discarded/given to young grandchildren socks which have felted and become too small.

Heel flaps completed so ready to turn the heel now.

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Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 19, 2021, 13:45:11 PM
@b15erk I gave up knitting toe up socks after a few tries because I never seemed to get the foot length right even though you would have thought it would be easier to get the foot length right starting from that end.  You only really know once you've done the heel.
It's much easier to try it on when you are doing top down and if you do mess up with the foot length there is only the decrease rows of the toe to undo.
I had thought that toe up was the holy grail of sock knitting but now I just stick with what works for me.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: fajita on September 19, 2021, 16:11:48 PM
I’ve made a start - have decided to go with the two needle 🧦 🧦.

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Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 19, 2021, 16:16:44 PM
I gave up knitting toe up socks after a few tries because I never seemed to get the foot length right even though you would have thought it would be easier to get the foot length right starting from that end.  You only really know once you've done the heel.
It's much easier to try it on when you are doing top down and if you do mess up with the foot length there is only the decrease rows of the toe to undo.
I had thought that toe up was the holy grail of sock knitting but now I just stick with what works for me.
@Ploshkin
 I absolutely agree with everything you say.  The only reason I can see for knitting toe up is if you are short of yarn - no big deal if the cuff is a bit short but the foot has to fit.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 19, 2021, 21:26:28 PM
@BrendaP, beautiful socks. Love the colors you chose. What yarn you use is up to you as "you are the boss of your socks" according to Jana at Purl Together.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 19, 2021, 22:06:53 PM
Here is where I am up to

These are made in west yorkshir spinners signature 4ply yarn which is 75%woolon 25%nylon and I am knitting on 2.5 magic loop needles.  This is left over yarn so I might have to be inventive.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 20, 2021, 13:09:26 PM
I've transferred my stitches to a circular needle to try the foot length, only to find, that the cord isn't long enough...

The only other cord which is long enough is a Haya Haya one, which isn't interchangeable with the KnitPro ones, so a slightly longer job... :rolleyes:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 21, 2021, 11:03:25 AM
I managed to try the sock yesterday, and it's fine - it still looks odd though...

I got distracted though (for a change  :rolleyes:), and decided to go off piste, to make a little pair of Hug Boots.  I had a very small amount of cotton yarn left from the small knitted blanket, and decided that as they only take 17g of yarn, I would give it a shot.  Talk about playing Yarn Chicken!  Well, I made it - with a few metres to spare!  :dance:

A pair of little Hug Boots to go with the blankets I've made for DD's BiL and his partner.  She's seeing them at the weekend, so I needed to get them done.

Hope these qualify as sock wear, if not, I'll understand if I am disqualified... :S ;)

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Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Bumblebuncher on September 21, 2021, 11:50:36 AM
@b15erk Not being a sock knitter... if it looks like a sock, is made like a sock and works like a sock... it's a sock  ;)
But then again, what would I know  :laughing:
BB
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 21, 2021, 11:55:33 AM
Phew, thanks @Bumblebuncher !!   :thumbsup:

Just finished sewing them up, and the baby gift is now ready for mummy and daddy to take home.

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Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Bumblebuncher on September 21, 2021, 12:07:31 PM
@b15erk Those are the cutest socks i have seen  :perfect10:
BB
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on September 21, 2021, 13:42:54 PM
I managed to try the sock yesterday, and it's fine - it still looks odd though...

I read that far, looked at the photo and thought 'they don't look big enough!!'
Must read full post next time!!

Those Hugg boots are sweet  :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 21, 2021, 13:52:07 PM
They definitely qualify as socks, if it knitted and it fits on feet that’s good enough for me. 

They look lovely and so cute
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 21, 2021, 23:09:43 PM
Even tiny feet need socks - and those have a lovely blanket to wrap around them :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 22, 2021, 09:10:34 AM
They're gorgeous @b15erk  :D

I still haven't started mine, things seem to get in the way. We're off to the theatre tonight and I won't be able to read the pattern in the dark  ;)

Mind you, we are having new windows fitted throughtout the house next week and I have to dismantle most of my sewing room so they can fit those so knitting may be my only option. Or gardening if the weather's good.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on September 22, 2021, 09:40:42 AM
@Flobear you can't garden when it's dark!  A bit of knitting every evening when you're not at the theatre ..... You'll soon have some socks.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 22, 2021, 15:17:42 PM
That's me told! Sisters, eh?
And thank you for the wool P dear. It will look fab with my pink  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on September 22, 2021, 16:45:40 PM
I've finished my pink and blue socks!

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They are rather bright, but will keep my feet warm. I may get some bamboo yarn and try some more.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 22, 2021, 17:09:43 PM
I've finished my pink and blue socks!

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@Starryfish   and moderators   The file won't open, the error message tells me it's empty.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 22, 2021, 17:11:49 PM
Pink and blue socks won't open here either.
Mine tells me that a jpg marker segment is too short. Lord alone knows what that means   :rolleyes:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on September 22, 2021, 17:18:21 PM
Is that better?

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I don't know what was wrong with the last photo, but I've resaved and renamed it.

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on September 22, 2021, 17:53:57 PM
Lovely @Starryfish , very pretty.

I’m still turning my first heel so very glad to know others haven’t started.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 23, 2021, 09:35:51 AM
@Starryfish , your socks are lovely!! Wish I could do knit in different colours without the yarn pulling at the back...

I started my second sock yesterday, before I managed to hurt my middle right finger.  It's a finger which has been injured before many years ago, and is very painful to knit with.

I'll give it another go today, as I'd really like to start on my second pair.

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on September 23, 2021, 22:48:26 PM
@b15erk , the socks are knitted in a self striping yarn (Regia) so I can't claim any particular skill! The ball is in two parts so you get two identical socks.

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on September 24, 2021, 08:31:58 AM
Ooooo, that's clever @Starryfish ! :thumbsup:

I ordered some Regia yarn last week, but I don't think it's self striping... I must check... :thinking: :rolleyes:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 24, 2021, 09:40:50 AM
@Starryfish they look great, I have used that yarn once and it is very good, I love knitting proper fair isle but the floats on socks even when knitted in make the socks a bit too thick for me.

I unpicked my garter stitch heel last night as it just didn’t look right so that’s today knitting.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 24, 2021, 11:54:36 AM
I am hoping to be back to knitting socks this weekend. My test project is almost completed and I will be happy to see that project done. It was a lot of knitting and we were under pressure to complete it as fast as possible.

I'm loving everyone's socks. Job well done sock knitters.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on September 24, 2021, 19:34:43 PM
Piccie opened and the socks afe lovely. :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on September 24, 2021, 20:54:02 PM
Not down to the heel on my first sock yet.  Not worth a picture - they are plain fawn, for a Certain Person.  It is a fine twist merino, and I keep catching my needle in the yarn and splitting it.  (but not noticing till 5 rows down) I prefer the self striping, you feel you are making progress when the pattern emerges.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 27, 2021, 11:14:50 AM
I knit on the socks last night and got 16 rows done on 1 sock. That is a full pattern. It was nice to be knitting them once again.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-j5Nj-S-UOeI/YVGTrWA4rWI/AAAAAAAAusI/mTSvdFjX5AMYjjQHN0yXd2ZQYKjdQnU8ACLcBGAsYHQ/w300-h400/IMG_9336.JPG)

I will do 16 rows on the other sock and will do at least one more pattern repeat on the leg before deciding if I will do more or start the heel.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 27, 2021, 11:41:04 AM
They look lovely can’t wait to see them finished. I am loving knitting mine like you do a bit at a time on each one
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 27, 2021, 12:08:31 PM
Well, I finally made a start yesterday and did the top cuff in K2 P2 rib then had a go at the patterned leg bit. I'm not sure 4 sts on cable needle with Aran weight yarn on a small item like a slipper sock is going to work but I'll keep going for a few more rounds before I decide whether to change it.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on September 27, 2021, 22:55:22 PM
There are some amazing pairs of socks out there.

I've just managed to work out how to knit on four pins having improvised when I tried doing socks before. I'm feeling happier about the swatch I'm doing now the stocking stitch is becoming obvious. I'm using this  (https://www.winwickmum.co.uk/2014/05/basic-sock-pattern-and-tutorial.html) pattern.

The next step is to learn how to use/where to place markers.

Thank you all for keeping me motivated.

CR :angel:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 28, 2021, 09:21:21 AM
Well done @classical retro that is a very good pattern to start with, can’t wait to see your progress
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 29, 2021, 16:30:23 PM
I started the heel flap on sock #1 today. I'm excited to be at this stage of the game. I hope to have them done before mid October so I can put them into DD's Xmas box.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 30, 2021, 12:51:00 PM
I'm not having much luck with finding the right pattern for my slipper socks. They keep coming out much too wide in the leg despite the fact that my tension square was just right.
I have found yet another pattern that seems to have about the right number of stitches to go round so will start again (again) later while it's still September  :[
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 30, 2021, 13:03:50 PM
The heel flaps are done and I just need to compare the length to the other socks I knit for DD. They are the same number of rows so I'm hoping I can turn the heel today.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vS2JygtsZGI/YVWWmlndlMI/AAAAAAAAuuc/x3kUTHqg6VUFquqcB2K4Fn05N0fTsLDJwCLcBGAsYHQ/w300-h400/IMG_9364.JPG)

So far I'm happy with how they are turning out.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on September 30, 2021, 13:26:41 PM
Don’t worry I have changed the name to September/October so no excuses  :laughing:

@Ann your socks are looking. Great

@Flobear i hope you find the right one, let us know if we can help
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on September 30, 2021, 13:57:59 PM
Thank you @Celia . I have used the suggestions people have made and seen more sock patterns than any one person needs in a lifetime!

After two aborted attempts  I think I know how many stitches I require to go round the leg now and have found a pattern to suit.

Thank you for the October extension  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on September 30, 2021, 21:13:18 PM
@Celia , thank you for the extension into October. And thank you for the kind comment on the socks.

I got the heel turned and the gusset stitches picked up on both socks and have started knitting the gusset on one sock.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 02, 2021, 11:28:30 AM
Ok come on girls how are those socks going, I am at the toes of both socks and playing chicken with the wool, should be finished soon.

Might be worth looking at this post https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,13113.0.html they look adorable  thank you @sewminds

What next to knit ?
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 02, 2021, 12:08:48 PM
Mine were finished last week, just the ends to sew in but I haven't had any time in the last few days to do it.  There will be a picture shortly  :)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on October 02, 2021, 12:25:29 PM
I finished the gusset on one sock and ready to finish it on the 2nd sock.

(https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LnmjWAXnlbQ/YVgzNavBfgI/AAAAAAAAuwE/x62C4HGfRbIraDaXgddGcF-cUyN167AugCLcBGAsYHQ/w300-h400/IMG_9379.JPG)

I'll still be a while before these are finished but I'm enjoying the knit.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 02, 2021, 13:15:53 PM
I've nearly finished my cuffs, @Celia  :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:  Oh well, there's a lot of October left. 
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 02, 2021, 13:33:11 PM
I have three quarters of one sock but thinking it's a bit loose round the heel area. Will finish it and maybe knit the other one a size smaller so I can compare. I will then have to unpick one to knit sock no.3  (https://yoursmiles.org/tsmile/family/t1056.gif)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: sewminds on October 02, 2021, 17:03:18 PM
@Celia I'd love to see your version if you make some!

Just a heads up for those of you who struggle with Kitchener, I found this video helpful (https://www.craftsy.com/class/ins-outs-of-grafting-a-crafty-class-on-knitting-together/) for closing the toes on socks.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 03, 2021, 10:00:10 AM
I find it difficult to graft sock toe ends because there aren't enough stitches to get into a rhythm.  The pattern I use only has 8 stitches at the end ( 4 on each needle).
I put the stitches from each needle onto a separate piece of contrasting yarn and knot it and cut the main knitting yarn leaving a long enough piece to finish off.  I turn the sock inside out, put the stitches back onto the 2 needles, then knit together one stitch from each needle and cast off.
You could probably put the stitches onto 2 small safety pins provided you can get them through the small hole to turn it inside out.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 03, 2021, 11:49:44 AM
@sewminds I am very tempted just for the fun of making them but i might gave to make the adults ones as I don’t know any little ones.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on October 03, 2021, 11:54:02 AM
OK, hands up< I was sidetracked by a baby hat.  This has now been abandonned die to far too many schoolgirl errors...  I've knit it before, and it should have been a very quick knit, but nothing went right... The circular needles eventually decided it for me as they were constantly catching the yarn, and then an off-centre back seam was the decider.

So, Socks it is!  I'm working towards the heel

Jessie

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 03, 2021, 14:22:06 PM
@sewminds  well I have just bought the pattern so watch this space it may or may not happen
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: sewminds on October 03, 2021, 18:18:50 PM
@Celia DD absolutely loved the fit and the cushiness(?) of the soles.

Don't be afraid to go up an extra hook size for the braid. A bit annoyed with myself for not entering that detail. On the baby size I used a 4mm, the adult was either a 4.5 or a 5mm. I really can't remember. :headbang:

Oh yay! It will happen when it's meant to.  ;)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 03, 2021, 18:53:57 PM
Started slipper sock 2 (well 3 or 4 if you count ones abandoned early on) Made good use of enforced stay-at-home afternoon and scaled my usual sock pattern for Aran weight yarn.

I have no qualms about resizing knitting patterns but have never attempted it with a sock before. We shall see what we shall see  :[
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: classical retro on October 05, 2021, 13:03:03 PM
This is where I am up to. I have decided to make the sock longer than the pattern so started the other one to try to ensure same length socks.   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

CR :angel:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 05, 2021, 15:43:37 PM
I finished mine about a week ago and they've been sitting on the arm of the sofa waiting for me to sew the ends in - it took all of 5 minutes!
Here's the finished articles. I'm a one at a time knitter, I think I would lose the will to live if I knitted 2 at the same time.  I'm not a great fan of self patterning yarns but this one seemed to work quite well.  It's not a usual colour for me so I had to get a pair of red boots to wear with them  ;) (that's my excuse anyway!)

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I've got some plainish grey yarn so now I am in the swing of things I might have a go at a pair with a lace pattern or cables.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Bumblebuncher on October 05, 2021, 16:01:57 PM
Ooooh those will keep your toes cosy  :D
BB
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 05, 2021, 17:28:31 PM
I've knitted to the end of one sock and am happier with the fit that I obtained by doing mathematical jiggery-pokery with my usual pattern. I think I need about three more rows in the foot so I'm making the second one and, if that's satisfactory, I'll unpick the decreasing of the first one and add the rows in. Unfortunately I'd already cut off the yarn so will probably end up with a join in a rather annoying place.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 06, 2021, 09:32:54 AM
All these socks are doing along nicely.

@Ploshkin yours are great I do love the colour and of course you needed new boots   :devil:need to see the grey ones too   :loveit:
I finished mine last night and was about to wash them when I saw a nasty looking decrease on the toe, I would have ignored it but I think it might rub when wearing them so have unpicked the toe, hopefully they will be finished today.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on October 06, 2021, 09:55:36 AM
Mine are getting there - slowly!  I 've had sore hands since re-covering my kitchen chairs last week - must but a new stapler...

Anyone else suffering with the nights drawing in? Not sure if it's the light, or my eyes, but finding both knitting and sewing harder than usual.  I'm waiting for new specs so, we'll see...

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 06, 2021, 16:50:44 PM
I too can only knit in daylight, @b15erk .  I thought it might be because my wool is dark. 
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 06, 2021, 17:12:50 PM
I need good daylight for dark coloured knitting or sewing these days, too.
I hope to have my second sock finished tonight and to re-knit the last couple of inches of the first one to get the foot length right. Might finally be able to post a pic.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on October 08, 2021, 16:51:40 PM
i did start a sock..... got to the heel bit and this is where i always go wrong, started to divide it off and  :boohoo: that's it  :faints: i unpicked it all this afternoon, has enough of that palava so i done a search and found myself an Australian pattern for heel-less socks from WW2. Pattern said to knit on dpn size 3.75mm but the nearest i had was 3.25mm, anyway the tension looks ok  :D
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 08, 2021, 17:11:07 PM
Am embarking on Kitchener stitch any moment now  ><  See you on the other side !
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Deafoldbat on October 08, 2021, 19:29:39 PM
@Flobear Kitchener stitch is the work of the devil. I've tried it and it is more trouble than it is worth, imho. An alternative is to decrease to about the last 8 stitches (total, not per needle) then cut off the yarn (give yourself about 12") and thread that through the stitches a couple of times, pull it tight and sew in the end.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 08, 2021, 19:54:28 PM
@Deafoldbat, I actually like Kitchener stitch  :devil:  But I do have to follow my written instructions and chant the mantra as I do it. And I always end up with a slight pointy bit at the end where I finish it.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 09, 2021, 11:05:57 AM
@Flobear me too I like Kitchener stitch but on toes I have that same problem.

I have just finished mine and will post a picture later as I am about to wash them, I have started another pair and this pair are toe up with Judys magic cast on and then the garter stitch heel. https://youtu.be/puzUMoC_8OU

@Diane that’s great just get those neeedles clicking, if you want to try a heel some time there are loads of different heels and some are easier than others, if you want to try again sometime I can link some YouTube videos for you.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: fajita on October 09, 2021, 14:28:18 PM
I have begun. Still not totally committed lol

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on October 09, 2021, 20:02:06 PM

@Diane that’s great just get those neeedles clicking

@Celia And do that i have  :D I got my wool genie out and i've been knitting all afternoon, now i have a pair of finished socks  :faints:

I must say though that i don't particularly like the wool, it feels rather rough to me even though it's proper sock wool. I'm going to have a look and see what other wool i have upstairs and knit another pair but in something a little bit softer.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 09, 2021, 20:15:47 PM
Wow @Diane that was quick well done
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 09, 2021, 21:06:02 PM
I found my wool needle and have sewn in the ends for sock 1 but then Strictly took my attention and I still have sock 2 to do. I don't think I've ever taken so long over a pair of socks  :[
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on October 10, 2021, 10:50:50 AM
I finished my pair yesterday and they will be wrapped and sent to DD next week for one of her Xmas gifts.

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgXjB9stcT4FME6VQe-ZKNdSU8-GKyiQG6E4P3ijrC-s3kx9sHA9qvOPgeQmfK5DiJz_twa7VeLyI-tIPFkyEx_y-cdz5xnaL766-00Gi_iIhjvCHAJ01CDyoVKct6rfB0lVFKYNLG18iSl_O94RNvgrOhCLVDl8RM35LS56sQgKBN3sqlZNA=w300-h400)

I enjoyed the pattern on this sock and will be looking for a new pattern for more socks to knit. I thought I was closer to matching the stripe on these socks but it didn't work out that way in the end. The left over yarn is now being knit into a doll's sweater so I can throw the tiny bits into the trash when it is done.

DDIL gave me 200 grams of yarn that is merino wool and silk to make DGS socks for this Xmas. Expensive yarn but she doesn't knit with sock yarn. He will love them as he is a yarn snob for his socks. Before they are cast on I have to crochet a coat for DD's cat.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 10, 2021, 19:04:40 PM
Well, finally finished and wearable - spot the mistake!

(https://i.imgur.com/m3Spm4U.jpg)

Despite all my efforts, the sizing still isn't really right. I think I'll unpick down to the mistake and leave out the threee extra rows I thought I needed.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Tamnymore on October 10, 2021, 19:27:24 PM
Wow snazzy socks @Flobear . Nope can't see any faults. They look lovely and toasty.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 10, 2021, 20:38:36 PM
They must be toasty in Drops Nepal.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 10, 2021, 22:31:44 PM
Toasty is good, they're intended to be slipper socks though I haven't got the non-slippy stuff to put on the bottom yet.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: fajita on October 11, 2021, 17:52:40 PM
I withdraw my sock.
Stupid things, socks.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on October 11, 2021, 21:20:24 PM
Got mine finished this evening.  I knew that the yellow would be tight but in the end the last round and a half of the last yellow stripe is a different yarn; slightly paler and a bit thicker but it hardly notices.

I could have done with a couple of stripes less as they aren't stretched at all on my feet, so hopefully they willshrink a tiny bit in the wash.  Like all socks they will get tossed into the washing machine, though they have just had their first (and only) handwash.  I love putting a newly finished piece of knitting into warm water and feeling the stitches relax and even out their tension.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on October 11, 2021, 22:44:22 PM
Didn't add the photos!  Here they are.
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Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on October 12, 2021, 09:04:22 AM
@Brenda , they are lovely - great colour choices!

Must crack on with mine today...

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 12, 2021, 09:11:39 AM
They are all great, love the texture on your @BrendaP   @Flobear yours look lovely and comfortable @Ann you have done a great job in matching the colours from what I can see.

I have really enjoyed seeing these socks

@fajita i am sorry you feel that way anytime can do to help.

I am halfway up the leg on the second set on socks I am doing so still in sock knitting mode  :o
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: fajita on October 12, 2021, 09:37:36 AM
Thanks @Celia I just made a stupid error after shaping the heel. I picked up the side stitches and knit across the stitch holder stitches, but somehow managed to drop three stitches from the stitch holder and messed up trying to correct this.

I might try again soon, but don’t tell anyone
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 12, 2021, 09:50:49 AM
I'm making a kind of Frankenstein's monster pair of sock - cuff from a book, body from the internet, heel from a YouTube video. 

This one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UNXQ4nvGlY&t=996s)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 12, 2021, 14:44:08 PM
Washed and finished, next pair on its way.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on October 13, 2021, 10:28:10 AM
On the last lap with these, just a few more inches to knit>  :thumbsup:

I really like this pattern, and I'm sure it will be better next time I make it.  I've been using mis-matched dpns for consistency, and I'm sure the knitting will be smoother with a proper matching set!

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on October 19, 2021, 10:55:41 AM
I dug through my sock yarn to look at it as I need to use it up. I have enough yarn to make 4 pairs of socks. The rest will become sweaters and dresses for the dolls.

I will be starting the next pair of socks in November for DGS. Can't wait to start them as I've really love knitting socks and enjoyed this thread immensely.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 19, 2021, 16:23:44 PM
Really glad you have enjoyed it @Ann  I am still knitting more socks so let’s keep going
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Diane on October 19, 2021, 19:53:44 PM
My 2nd pair finished
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 19, 2021, 20:56:26 PM
Fabulous @Diane they are great lovely stitch pattern
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on October 19, 2021, 21:45:00 PM
@Diane, lovely socks. Love the pattern also.

@Celia, I will be back at socks but am knitting a coat for DD's cat and then a hat for her. Then I will be back to knitting socks.

I asked for 2 pairs of ChiaoGoo circular needles for my Xmas present this year. I want the ones with the longest cord on them. They will be for socks only. My other ones have a shorter cord and I can use them for other projects.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 19, 2021, 22:42:08 PM
Yes, interesting pattern @Diane
I, too have started a second pair.  A fairly plain grey yarn (slightly mottled) so I'm knitting an easy lace pattern.  I've only ever done socks in plain knit.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 20, 2021, 09:20:41 AM
I've just found out that there's some new chunky yarn at the little shop in Tintern so may have to mosey along there for a look-see. One of the patterns I have in mind for slipper socks is chunky and I rarely use it so don't have a stash to use up.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 22, 2021, 09:45:40 AM
This is the beginning of my next sock.  I wanted a textured pattern because the yarn is plain coloured (slightly mottled with a very few black flecks)
I really don't love it and I think they will end up looking like bedsocks. I may well go back to the drawing board and go for something plainer like a rib.
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Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 22, 2021, 09:56:18 AM
It’s a pretty pattern but not sure how comfortable it will be to wear, are you thinking of doing a plain sole to the
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 22, 2021, 11:11:24 AM
Yes, it would have a plain sole and toe.  I've just about convinced myself to start again.  Usually, if I'm wavering about something, I ditch it.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 22, 2021, 12:28:37 PM
What about something more cabley? You've knitted Aran patterns and could easily adapt, I'm sure.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on October 22, 2021, 12:41:46 PM
Idleness @Flobear I I can't be bothered with a 5th needle.  I keep losing one anyway.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: coffeeandcake on October 22, 2021, 13:56:40 PM
@Ploshkin I'm knitting The Essential Cable socks which is a free downloadable pattern on LoveCrafts.  It's all in stocking stitch apart from a single cable, knit across 6 stitches, down the outside.  I knit these on circular needles. 
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Iminei on October 23, 2021, 10:47:02 AM
Well Ive been completely @Stitched up  !!!

A lil bundle of joy popped through my letterbox this morning and despite scouring this thread High and Low I can find no post by Stitches to indicate she has been participating in this contest ? thread ?

So Im going to add Stitches contribution ... knitted by herself using a lovely multicolour (?) Schafpate (mmmnnn Schaf pate ... delicious) yarn (? )  a fashionably late Surprise Birthday Pressie for Imi  (thats ME!)

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They look glorious, lovely colours and almost starlike fleck and they FIT!

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I was a bit concerned about any potential Itchosity, particularly with my 'Orrible Psoriatic skin but Ive had them on for over half an hour and so far they are wonderful, not itchy at all and lovely and soft!

I dont know what ve done to deserve them, but Thank you so much @Stitches  , Im thrilled with them.  :hug:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 23, 2021, 12:02:06 PM
They are fabulous @Iminei and @Stitches.   :perfect10:

Yesterday I wore a new pair of mine made in this wool https://www.marrineryarns.com/knitting-yarns/marriner-cosy-toes-4-ply-sock-yarn-100g-91.asp they are lovely and soft, maybe a little thinner than some of the others but in a good way, ie fit in tighter shoes boots etc.  the only downside is they don’t do any plain colours and I am into striped socks at the moment. :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Greybird on October 23, 2021, 12:29:31 PM
Good afternoon all! We are back from the hospital in Bath - there for OH's CT scan. Very quiet and not many people about. Not sure if my brother is coming later on his way back from Cornwall. If he does I shall get a Chinese takeaway delivered this evening because I am Old Mother Hubbard until Tesco's come on Monday. I have just enough to scrape through tomorrow with.

Not sure what I shall do for the rest of the weekend - maybe wander from room to room and see what strikes me.

Sorry to hear about all of you with colds - hope you all feel better soon.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on October 23, 2021, 12:32:45 PM
Oooh, @Celia that link has rekindled my desire to knit some socks. I really liked the designs on that site.
But I must finish the sock wool I have first - I'm not really in love with it and think that is why I'm having such difficulty getting going. But mustn't waste it......
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 23, 2021, 14:35:25 PM
I’ve finished my socks. 

(https://i.imgur.com/iqwk2T7m.jpg)

DD knitted me a sock during lockdown, so I’m going to knit it a partner, then I fancy the cable pattern that @coffeeandcake  recommended. 
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ohsewsimple on October 23, 2021, 15:23:11 PM
Look nice and cosy @Pearl
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Stitches on October 24, 2021, 19:55:10 PM
My next pair of socks Xmas present
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 24, 2021, 20:00:04 PM
I've just ordered a slipper-bootie pattern and some more Drops Nepal in different colours than the previous socks (https://yoursmiles.org/tsmile/family/t1056.gif) Well, there are still quite a few more weeks of Strictly left.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on October 25, 2021, 10:05:22 AM
I picked up my knitting yesterday!! :dance:  I have to say though, it was slow and painful, due to some over-enthusiastic pruning the other week.  The middle finger on my right hand only bends half way, and is very painful.

However, I'm told that knitting is good physio so I'll carry on...

Not many rows to go for the pair!  :thumbsup:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 26, 2021, 17:59:00 PM
Second pair of socks

(https://i.imgur.com/Z4xvr5ym.jpg)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Turquoise on October 29, 2021, 07:50:11 AM
Well clearly I’m not going to do it within the timeframe of this knit along but you’ve all inspired me to have a go at knitting socks. 

I did start a Craftsy course a while ago (knit socks: two at a time) with some totally inappropriate scrap yarn just to see if I could get my head around it and did get past the heel before giving up but I shall have a proper go now with sock yarn.

Off to browse sock yarns….
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on October 29, 2021, 10:37:12 AM
Still not finished... :'( :boohoo:

Just can't seem to get past that invisible block.

I'll try again later... :boohoo: :rolleyes:

Jessie
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 29, 2021, 10:46:57 AM
Not sure this knit along will end yet, @Turquoise .  I’m hoping @Celia will change the title to September/October/November.

I have plans for at least two more pairs so you won’t be on your own. 🧦🧦🧦

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 29, 2021, 17:40:03 PM
Well, an extension would suit me, I can knit over-the-knee socks. No, just being silly  :P
Wool arrived today for my next attempt at slipper socks which I would have started tonight, but one of the colours doesn't go. Laughing Hens, who allow free returns, kindly agreed to swap my two balls of that colour for a more boring colour that will go better.

I paid for a pattern  :faints:  and intend to make the zig-zaggy ones.
(https://i.imgur.com/i3dPM3t.jpg)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER/ NOVEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 29, 2021, 20:14:55 PM
I think I will have to extend this as I want to knit those too @Flobear  :dance:  I will let you knit them first though.

@Pearl  you have your request  :laughing: maybe I should just rename it Autumn/Winter ?  I think I might need some help @Flobear or @Iminei  or anyone that can rename thread. :loveit:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on October 29, 2021, 21:06:43 PM
I'm done!!! :dance: :dance:

I sat down this morning with an old Julie Christie film on, and ploughed on through.  I don't like the end bit, constant measuring, and counting rows...

Still, all finished, and I can move on to my second pair!  I might even wind the wool tonight when I sit down... :thumbsup:

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Jessie

Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on October 29, 2021, 21:35:21 PM
@Celia, thank you for extending this. I will be knitting socks until the cows come home as I have enough wool for 6 more pairs of socks.

@b15erk, love your socks. I count rows all the time when I am knitting. I find it helps me when I do the pattern again as I have a reference of some sort. I have a book I keep that information in. But then again, I am strange when it comes to this kind of thing.
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 30, 2021, 10:06:16 AM
@b15erk they are lovely I think I need to add a textured pattern to my never ending list of socks to knit, I love the colour too. 
@Ann  I also have a book for notes on knitting and also weaving, the trouble is I often forget to write things in it :facepalm:
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Lowena on October 30, 2021, 10:35:44 AM
I have a stupid query ( from a complete no nothing  :| )
All these socks look thick and chunky.....I don't know anyone who would wear socks like that....surely they don't allow you to wear shoes with them?? :thinking:
My socks are all very thin, hardly thicker than 60 denier tights
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 30, 2021, 10:59:35 AM
I have a stupid query ( from a complete no nothing  :| )
All these socks look thick and chunky.....I don't know anyone who would wear socks like that....surely they don't allow you to wear shoes with them?? :thinking:
My socks are all very thin, hardly thicker than 60 denier tights

Although the socks I’ve knitted have been made with 4ply yarn, they are lovely and warm.  I can still fit my shoes on, though. 
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on October 30, 2021, 11:32:32 AM
It does depend very much on the footwear, obvs! I wear my 4 ply socks inside walking boots and similar and with, or instead of, slippers in the cold times of year. For closer fitting shoes I buy mine from sock shop as you can get soft-grip cuffs  :)
Title: Re: SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER/NOVEMBER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 30, 2021, 11:42:21 AM
I tend to use the lighter weight fingering yarns and yes I can wear them in my shoes, if they are a bit heavier I  wear them  in boots.

Might not wear this colour in this shoe but it was what I had on. :loveit:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Deafoldbat on October 30, 2021, 19:20:35 PM
For those enthused enough to carry on knitting socks - The Sock Yarn Shop has a good (though not vast) range of yarn. Fast mail order and free postage over £30.
https://www.sockyarnshop.com/
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on October 30, 2021, 23:21:03 PM
Just got in under the wire.

I finally finished my socks. They took a ridiculous amounts of time but are beautifully warm and soft.


Very plain but as I was doing a new pattern

https://www.sockmatician.com/

I thought I’d let the yarn do the talking.

I’d love to do another pair but DGD has requested a new cardigan and as a doting grandma I need to do that next.
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Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on October 31, 2021, 10:14:17 AM
They look great @Ellabella you are fine time wise and can carry on as someone has kindly renamed us as Winter and we all know how long Winter can be :laughing:

I have just had to unpick the top 2 inches of what is luckily a toe up sock and re knit it as pusskins managed to grab it and pull a hole in it while it was waiting to be washed.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on October 31, 2021, 13:05:53 PM
Slipper boots.  Kit bought at show probably 5 years ago.  Usual story - couple of weeks to knit, 4.5 years to sew up.   :laughing:

(https://i.imgur.com/3DXE8Hgm.jpg)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Turquoise on October 31, 2021, 19:28:30 PM
Well my first yarns have arrived (I’m hoping once I get the hang of it I will make several pairs) and I’ve split one into 2 balls so that’s a start I guess.  I am now waiting for a circular knitting needle to arrive as despite having received a set of interchangeable needles for my birthday the set doesn’t quite go small enough with the needle tip sizes.

I’ve re-read through this thread and think I’d like to try the German short row technique for the heel for this first proper pair.  The Craftsy class I started picked up stitches and that was OK but it would be nice to try another technique and see what I prefer.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on November 01, 2021, 00:40:20 AM
@Turquoise I used German short rows for the first time on my socks and was very impressed. 

I got a lovely, tidy heel with no gaps.

The technique seems odd when you start but works out very well.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on November 01, 2021, 09:22:22 AM
I started my second pair on Saturday, before my eyes got too sore, but soon came to a grinding halt.  I'd almost finished the toe, and was picking up stitches from the crochet cast on - and I think I lost a stitch!

I don't know if it's easier to unpick and start again, or just make another stitch, risking a hole... :facepalm: :boohoo:

Nothing going to be done today though, my eyes are too sore... :boohoo:

Jessie
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ploshkin on November 01, 2021, 10:45:06 AM
I'm still plodding along.  I've finished the first sock of my second pair and have done the ribbing for number two.  After 2 pairs I will probably be all socked out.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: coffeeandcake on November 01, 2021, 10:45:20 AM
@b15erk I found that I'd dropped a stitch on a sock that I finished at the weekend. When I realised I just couldn't be bothered to unpick and it was in an awkward bit to pick up and bring it through to the row I was working on. I just put the errant stitch on a stitch holder, made a new one and when I'd finished I secured the dropped stitch to the others with a tapestry needle and wool, if that makes sense. I assume nobody feels a need to closely inspect my socks ><
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on November 01, 2021, 11:32:34 AM
I finished knitting a hat for DD and am working on a sweater for a doll. I hope to be back to knitting socks soon. I miss knitting them but do enjoy having a break from them to do other projects.

I am enjoying looking at all the socks that have been knit. Well done everyone.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on November 01, 2021, 17:17:53 PM
@b15erk I found that I'd dropped a stitch on a sock that I finished at the weekend. When I realised I just couldn't be bothered to unpick and it was in an awkward bit to pick up and bring it through to the row I was working on. I just put the errant stitch on a stitch holder, made a new one and when I'd finished I secured the dropped stitch to the others with a tapestry needle and wool, if that makes sense. I assume nobody feels a need to closely inspect my socks ><

I recently finished a woolly hat for my Mum and made the same dicovery as you @coffeeandcake . I solved it in the same way! It's K1 P1 rib and in navy-blue - even I couldn't spot it afterwards  ;)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on November 02, 2021, 20:03:59 PM
I don’t think the knitting police are free at the moment  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Stitches on November 03, 2021, 08:13:37 AM
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Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on November 03, 2021, 09:39:20 AM
Ooh they look nice what yarn are they @Stitches.

I am on another sock mission this pair are knitted in single roll strips without a jog, I will post photo and more details later.
I am also being tempted by these
https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=7938&cid=19
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on November 03, 2021, 11:06:11 AM
Sheepy socks, brilliant!

I am interested in using a pattern with German short rows for the heel shaping having come across them knitting a collar for my big cardi.

No doubt the reference is in here somewhere but I'm not sure I can find it. Can anyone help please?
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on November 03, 2021, 12:21:07 PM
@Flobear I’ve got the instructions for German short rows in this pattern

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sockmaticians-toe-ups

I know I shouldn’t send you the whole pattern but am happy to send the short row instructions if you want
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on November 03, 2021, 18:30:42 PM
That would be most kind @Ellabella  :thumbsup:

eta Just followed your link to the pattern on Ravelry. That's the identical yarn that I used to knit my first pair of socks.
Well, not very Very first because I knitted a pair of cotton socks to wear when we did trampolining at school.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: coffeeandcake on November 03, 2021, 20:23:03 PM
I like the sheep sock pattern that you linked to @Celia.  I think I'll probably do those as a stocking stuffer for one of my daughters (once I finish my current pair). Thank you :)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on November 04, 2021, 10:38:36 AM
I'm afraid I need to jump ship forr a while.  I walked the doggies this morning, and have found myself in dire need of a hat...

I hate hats, and they look awful on me, but my head and ears were freezing while I was walking.

See you when the hat is done girls!  :rolleyes:

Jessie

Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on November 04, 2021, 10:51:28 AM
@b15erk dont tempt me I might start a hat thread, I have knitted quite a lot
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on November 04, 2021, 10:55:09 AM
Great idea @Celia !

I'm on the hunt for a Cable Knit pattern - I may see you on the Hat thread???  :dance:

Jessie

Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: coffeeandcake on November 04, 2021, 13:16:43 PM
If you search Debbie Bliss pompom hat @b15erk you should find a cable knit hat.  I've knitted a few of these in Aran weight yarn and they're a nice straightforward knit. 
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on November 04, 2021, 13:42:43 PM
I'm up for hats too - I have quite a few that I can show - and also gloves  :thumbsup:

Pepper in his knitted dog coat might do for the Pets fred  ;)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Turquoise on November 04, 2021, 18:36:42 PM
It’s not a cable pattern but the Arteixan hat is a nice textured hat pattern and knits up very quickly @b15erk .

After the third attempt I’ve managed to make a good start on my socks.  It took me a while to get used to the much smaller needles (my previous practice effort was using Aran scrap wool and larger needles) - I kept thinking I was somehow dropping stitches after the cast on but I think I’ve realised now that I was inadvertently pulling the end stitches too tight  as I was arranging for taat magic loop and so had knitted two together by mistake. Hopefully I will improve my technique with practice.

I’ve completed the ribbing and am knitting the “leg” bit of the socks now.
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Post by: Pearl on November 04, 2021, 20:41:58 PM
I appear to have misread the pattern.  12cm not 12”.  Oh well, I’m going to have long socks.
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Post by: Renegade Sewist on November 04, 2021, 22:52:07 PM
I don’t think the knitting police are free at the moment  :thumbsup:

 :devil: I took care of them. They had the audacity to suggest that knitting machines and looms weren't "real" knitting. I set them straight. Straight into a large trunk dropped into the Pacific Ocean.  :perfect10:
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Post by: Renegade Sewist on November 04, 2021, 22:55:43 PM
@b15erk dont tempt me I might start a hat thread, I have knitted quite a lot

Yes please ma'am. I'm wanting a few and that I could definitely manage on one of the round knitting looms. My cat toys were very successful. The round looms are definitely within my skill set.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Celia on November 05, 2021, 12:23:01 PM
Ok it’s up and running Hats this way please
https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,13631.0.html
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on November 06, 2021, 19:21:32 PM
I have finished the first of the essential cable socks, but it is too big.  Think I’ll use a smaller needle for the next one… well , the next two.
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Post by: Lowena on November 06, 2021, 22:07:29 PM
I wish I could knit  :|  :(
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Post by: Stitches on November 07, 2021, 17:33:38 PM
Another pair of socks finished
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Post by: Renegade Sewist on November 08, 2021, 05:31:36 AM
@Stitches , how gorgeous!  Is that a self striping yarn?
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Post by: Ann on November 08, 2021, 10:53:06 AM
I am back to knitting socks again. This time for DGS. The yarn is expensive as he is a yarn snob. I have the first one started but can't start the 2nd one until I unravel the mess the skein is in and wind it into a cake. I knew the skein was going to be the death of me when I undid it. It was a mess as the artisan had rushed putting it together. This is the 2nd one I have had to deal with from her. The first one was ready to go onto the swift and we had to bag it to get it home.

I will post more on this adventure as I will be taking pictures and introducing you to the yarn and socks. A simple pair that will be ribbed as this is DGS's favorite pattern.
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Post by: Turquoise on November 08, 2021, 20:49:22 PM
This evening I knitted the second heel on the socks.

 I had to unpick my first attempt at the first heel so I’m really pleased that I’ve now got them both done and I can move on to knitting the foot.  The first part of the German short rows heel method went really well - it’s the second part that I have found more tricky and messed up the first time.
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Post by: Celia on November 09, 2021, 09:13:36 AM
I haven’t tried the German short heel so am looking forward to hearing about it.  Your socks are lovely @Stitches.   @Ann I had quite a lot of skeins at one time and even had to buy a swift to help sort it out, don’t seem to have had so many lately
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Post by: Renegade Sewist on November 09, 2021, 10:04:14 AM
Recent perusal of round loom hat patterns revealed all sorts of sock tutorials on YouTube.  :thinking: Both the finer sock looms, which are adjustable rectangles and I have one, as well as as chunkier slipper socks on the standard looms. Best surprise tutorial was for a heel using German short rows. Will peruse further..
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Post by: Ann on November 09, 2021, 11:01:20 AM
@Celia, I had a lot of hanks of yarn but got all into cakes when I was cleaning up the yarn stash. These two came from DDIL as she thought she was going to learn how to knit socks. She isn't ready to right now as she can't focus on it due to work. She will get there one day.

The socks are coming along and the yarn is a delight to knit with. The yarn is from an artisan who dyes her own yarn. This blend is called Magical Mulberry and is 75% superwash merino and 25% silk. The color is called Storm Coming! which I am sure one of her customers named (I named one of her colorways). This yarn has no nylon in it but I'm not too worried. DGS only wears his socks at home in the evening and lots of times will wear them to bed. This yarn has no nylon in it but I'm not too worried. DGS only wears his socks at home in the evening and lots of times will wear them to bed.

I am using 2.5mm needles with 72 stitches cast on. I am doing a 2x2 rib as DGS loves this pattern for his socks. They stay up well on him. I usually knit his socks on 3.25mm needles but I will knit him a finer gauged sock this time. When he was growing, I needed to be able to knit his socks quickly. I also did them on a larger needle as he is a type 1 diabetic and we were worried about socks being too tight on his legs. But he wears tighter socks than these so all is okay to knit a finer gauge.

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgCm5WugvNkMpDHqcLtDSl26EUoYnYktNnVQth1gRElYX2ScfGocu2K0PmtVv5wSZSGAHM5RWkAGiknysJqykk-pa5koFxbIh7XG8fHrUXvgLcjEz0cevo2VzN2HMMmMkcXQjP3KEv1-MztUrtHfuOfBZ3aRhvOp1I7_cLATqScciloHzqUBA=w300-h400)

I am sure these socks are going to knit quickly as I am monitoring a sick cat (bladder blockage) and alternate between cleaning house and knitting. Sewing is put on hold at the moment as I am staying upstairs with the cat.
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Post by: Flobear on November 11, 2021, 17:07:53 PM
At last the rest of the wool has arrived for my 'Hearthside slippers'. I had waited 12 days for the replacement for the unsuitable colour and two days ago decided phoning might be a good idea. My little parcel arrived today  :thumbsup: I think the instructions will require some concentration - but I like a challenge  :D
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Post by: Celia on November 11, 2021, 19:20:16 PM
Looking forward to seeing them @Flobear
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Post by: kowgiirl.up on November 11, 2021, 19:42:41 PM
I have to say here that I do not knit or crochet but am enjoying following you all on this thread   :thumbsup:

So much creativity here.
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Post by: Pearl on November 11, 2021, 20:20:09 PM
I love those, @Flobear , but have never done colour work.  Do you think this would be doable for a first attempt?   What yarn are you using? 
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Post by: Flobear on November 11, 2021, 21:40:57 PM
I wouldn't think the colour pattern is particularly tricky @Pearl but I've been knitting forever and am not the best judge.

I'm using Drops Nepal because the pattern suggests a thinner kind of chunky. I have knitted a tension square and will see how near it is when I've got good lighting to do the measuring.
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Post by: Ann on November 12, 2021, 11:41:14 AM
@Flobear, can't wait to see your slippers.

Our cat has been under the weather for 5 days and I've done a lot of knitting while he has been in and out of the vet clinic with a bladder issue. The leg of the first sock is completed and the 2nd sock has 34 rows knit on it. I love knitting with this yarn and doing a K2P2 rib is easy to do. They also stay up on DGS's legs better.

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhDDyCn8x-nlz1cmBg2MKdS_BA06nVPCbqAnoix9O3N0I4uNPsfDdE145i2mx0MtMxd0hJ7f73lAn6b18xi4yZ4SFg9Aa4uwUhRyNSz3F9nRzkrnzlgkRh2pzxI_ZV29iDW8zSuKR1UoS_5BfxcAS1wdfBGA9Az9eTdi0OGnyqBQl7c-ZYpdg=w300-h400)
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Post by: Celia on November 12, 2021, 15:10:47 PM
@Ann it’s lucky we are all different I hate knitting 2 x 2 rib much rather fair isle :loveit:
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Post by: toileandtrouble on November 12, 2021, 17:20:35 PM
@Ann  I don't know if you have been asked this already, but what are those little stitch holders doing down your socks?  Is there something to be added there later? Do tell!
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Post by: Ann on November 12, 2021, 22:58:02 PM
@toileandtrouble, the stitch markers go in on every 10th row so I know how many rows I have knit. Nothing special happening on those rows. It is just plain ribbing all the way down to the heel flap. I learned this technique years ago from a knitting teacher and have used it ever since.
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Post by: toileandtrouble on November 12, 2021, 23:22:25 PM
@Ann Thank you!  I could have done with that- I am knitting a 26 stitch sleeve, in the round and I keep losing count of the rows.k
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Post by: Ann on November 22, 2021, 10:55:05 AM
I am chugging away on the socks for DGS. The gussets are done and I have 8 rounds knit on the foot of the first sock.

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiT5JQ6oSG9S6Cr6YFnu_Y65r0OdNWBV5cCGbjTIOruumibsddD21aNB9itrPIbSGv99QEjo121LXepUJepwT-0k9srVMVo07HvzlmLygHl9eLGLguI9SossZcQS-w93bE2EJHUgEk55pA5xpsmaVqXwvyaS_vNXDwxfLUI2YJprG0XCSgT-g=w300-h400)

I've removed the two markers for the heel while I was padding it under the foot. I now take the row markers out on the leg and use them to mark every 10 rounds on the foot. The goal is to finish them by the end of the month as I have another pair to knit before Christmas. I am enjoying sock knitting a lot.
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Post by: Celia on November 23, 2021, 09:50:13 AM
@Ann
They look like an interesting heel construction.  I am at the moment knitting some fingerless gloves and some socks , I do often have two projects on the go as sometimes I need something a bit mindless.

Is anyone else still knitting socks?  If so let us know what.
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Post by: Flobear on November 23, 2021, 11:56:42 AM
I haven't properly started my Hearthside slippers yet. What with the delay getting the third colour then three goes at doing the tension square then my Dorset sister asking if I had had a chance to work out the pattern for the 'apple cosy' I've got a bit behind. Oh, and curtain-making.
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Post by: Ploshkin on November 23, 2021, 14:04:04 PM
I've just finished a second pair, they're currently wet but will be photographed when dry.
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Post by: Starryfish on November 23, 2021, 17:12:33 PM
I'm currently wearing my socks I knitted back in October, they are very comfortable. DSIL wants some more for his C*******s present so I've ordered some more wool. Will start them when it arrives.
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Post by: Turquoise on November 23, 2021, 21:00:47 PM
I am still knitting my first socks - I haven’t had much time lately but they are coming on well and I’ve got the bug and have bought yarn for 2 more pairs.  Will put photo up when they are finished .  I’m knitting the pebble socks by Mina Philipp.
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Post by: Ann on November 23, 2021, 21:24:39 PM
@Celia, I now do the heel down to the end of the gusset as it is suppose to give more padding where they could wear out. I wait and see if it works or not.

I have 1.25" left to knit on the first sock's foot and then will be doing the 2nd sock. After that the toes and I'm done. Then on to DDIL's socks. Then knitting will be done for Xmas. I do have some sewing to do and I need to get some gifts bought. We have had a good rain storm hit yesterday and we are still under a rain warning. It has turned cool and I'm sure we will have flurries tonight.
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Post by: Pearl on November 26, 2021, 15:02:12 PM
Please could someone recommend some self-patterning sock yarn with a co-ordinating plain yarn?  I like WYS Peacock but can’t find it in stock anywhere.
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Post by: Turquoise on November 26, 2021, 16:06:43 PM
@Pearl - at the time of writing this there are 5 balls of peacock available here https://thefoundryworks.co.uk/shop/yarn/west-yorkshire-spinners-signature-4ply

Hopefully they will still have some when you look.  I have bought some of the Robin colourway
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Post by: Pearl on November 26, 2021, 16:25:42 PM
Thanks, @Turquiose .  Have ordered Peacock and Blue raspberry for the cuffs, heels and toes.
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Post by: Turquoise on November 26, 2021, 16:30:58 PM
That’s great you got some @Pearl - I was worried it might be gone if you didn’t see this message for a while.

I like the idea of plain cuffs, heels etc, do you have a specific pattern or will you just change a pattern (asking as I’m a sock novice and tempted by the idea) :)
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Post by: Pearl on November 26, 2021, 16:32:47 PM
I’ll just use my usual basic sock pattern and change it up.
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Post by: Ploshkin on November 27, 2021, 14:07:02 PM
I've finished my second pair of socks.  I had been intending to do a lacy pattern but thought they were looking too much like bedsocks so went for a simple K6 P2 (on alternate rows) rib.  Just because I'd never done it before I did Eye of Partridge stitch for the heel flap, which is just an offset slip stitch rib.  I think it makes a slightly denser flap but I think that the usual slip stitch rib would have looked better with the rib pattern of the sock.
So, here they are and I think that's me socked out for this year. Thank you @Celia for starting this off and giving me a nudge.
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Post by: Celia on November 27, 2021, 14:16:20 PM
No problem @Ploshkin i am really glad people have joined in and enjoyed it.  I am knitting some fingerless gloves in slip-stitch at the moment I do also have some socks on the needles.

I have really enjoyed seeing everyone’s socks do keep posting  :loveit: everyone has done so well
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Post by: Pearl on November 27, 2021, 16:28:31 PM
Love your socks, @Ploshkin !

I’m never going to stop knitting socks!
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Post by: Lowena on November 27, 2021, 16:29:40 PM
I wish I could knit  :embarrassed: you're all so clever :grouphug:
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Post by: Deafoldbat on November 27, 2021, 19:31:32 PM
@Lowena But you can knit, you said so in this thread a couple of months ago (c mid-September)

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I can only do knit and purl on metal, straight needles.


If you can do that, you can do anything. You just need to try...



Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on November 27, 2021, 19:33:37 PM
I use 9” circular needles, @Lowena .  I don’t think I could manage dpn and magic loop is a bit too faffy for me.
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Post by: Diane on November 27, 2021, 19:40:25 PM
Magic loop  :faints: i never know which needle to pull through, i always end up in a right ole pickle  :laughing:
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Post by: Lowena on November 27, 2021, 22:17:18 PM
@Deafoldbat  the last time I knitted something ( a square ) I was 7 years old.......67 yrs ago!!!! That was one row plain and one row purl.....
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Post by: Ellabella on November 28, 2021, 01:07:08 AM
@Deafoldbat  the last time I knitted something ( a square ) I was 7 years old.......67 yrs ago!!!! That was one row plain and one row purl.....

@Lowena if you can do plain and pearl you’ve cracked it, everything else is variations of that.
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Post by: Ploshkin on November 28, 2021, 08:19:53 AM
Even plain and purl are the same thing, just from the front and back.  I always tell people that there is only one stitch in knitting and you do things with it  :)
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Post by: Flobear on November 28, 2021, 09:18:17 AM
I've finally started on a Hearthside slipper - haven't got far, it's taking a bit of concentration. I just hope they're going to come out the right size!
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Post by: Ann on November 28, 2021, 22:07:36 PM
I have the socks ready to start the toes. A couple of days and they will be done. The video is up ready for me to follow along as I do them.

When I learned how to do magic loop and using double pointed needles you will not believe how many times I took my first projects apart and started again. It was part of the learning process. I have learned a lot from some great sock knitters -- Purl Together and Lucy Neatby to name two. Purl Together has given me more confidence in knitting using the magic loop and Lucy Neatby knitting with 5 dpns. I never learned how to knit in the round properly until I was older and it was learn as you go. YouTube, Craftsy, and a few books.

I have one more pair of socks to knit before Christmas and then I will be done until mid January when I start knitting socks in worsted weight yarn. I'll be keeping this thread active.
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Post by: b15erk on November 29, 2021, 09:56:15 AM
Sorry I've been AWOL, but stuff intervened which meant I have been unable to pick up either knitting or sewing for several weeks.  I had two weeks of infections which laid me low, and last week, the middle finger of my right hand was causing me so much pain, I could barely hold a pen, much less knitting needles.

This week, I feel so much better, but not sure I'll catch up with everything, so I will concentrate on what is possible.

Jessie
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Post by: Celia on November 29, 2021, 17:24:24 PM
It’s good to see people still knitting.  Don’t worry @b15erk life has a nasty way of getting in the way.  I

I have had to unpick the second of my mittens as I forgot to do the in rear or after the rib  :thinking:  So my socks are a bit more delayed.

I am also thinking of knitting these
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shiversome    Or at least something like them
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Post by: Flobear on November 29, 2021, 17:58:21 PM
I often knit little snowmen at this time of year as Christmas decorations. The charity I volunteered with in Dorset used to sell them in their shop. Also mini striped 'stockings' that were just the right size for two mini Green and Blacks choccies.
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Post by: Pearl on December 02, 2021, 08:01:56 AM
Even though I haven’t finished my cable socks, I couldn’t resist this little box of loveliness.

(https://i.imgur.com/TBANY0Im.jpg)


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Post by: Ann on December 02, 2021, 12:48:45 PM
I got DGS's socks done and forgot to post them yesterday. Though the yarn is lovely, the finished product (as usual) looks ugly. As I rib his socks they are always long and skinny looking. As long as he likes them and wears them, he gets socks.

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiXS5YbZ0opOXX494MWNtQkazgE_qmFus_0SJ0bH5ThTjz3N0itGKAvVO2d1bQoKD0J90Zq3I7MYcCOyuxPLyPgC5jyVWPFf-77ee182vNMgUMPaqXRe6ERukr5EyDTFi4QRqzGI4i0zzPHNFVGbNJBxJrT2TI0krQaI09nP2tfFJjvx7E-Qw=w300-h400)

I have cast on DDIL's socks and have the first cuff knit and did part of a round on the 2nd cuff. I'm going to try something new with her socks -- Purl 2 Knit 4. They are mirrored socks which are always fun to knit.
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Post by: realale on December 03, 2021, 16:51:39 PM
Well, I've cast on for the first sock and done 6 rows.
I was inspired by winwickmum.co.uk on YouTube and then followed her tutorial on her website. It's so long since I knit socks that I'm like a beginner again.
It's not helped by not liking the sock wool I have but I'm too stingy to buy some other when this is ok just not my colours. (The socks are for hubby and he likes the colours so meh  :\)
Don't wait with bated breath, this could take some time.  ><
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Post by: Ann on December 05, 2021, 12:11:43 PM
I'm on pair #4 now and have about 15 more rounds on sock #2 and I'll be doing the heel flap. These socks are fun as I am using up left over yarn and learning new techniques. I learned that I needed to knit the first row of the color change so the purl bumps don't show two colors. I also learned how to do jogless joins in the round.

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhyPRk_VAzr8WUC8BuOAS_U8fVQ1IgBt8z8PGtsRgciSlWuaUAG9VJGv_sxe07uVQcJofPrt7Jwpk5xG4Yt6dOsG25rDab2vt0Z906i-OJGW-BDUUyZqIT11t5q57qDqhRehtjW8AR7iLwviHsm5Tty4idWa5gBsG5JkESLW3OXYG3O18hZQQ=w300-h400)

I'm having fun with them and I hope DDIL enjoys them. If she does, I will knit up the yarn left over from DGS's socks for her in the same pattern as these. They knit up fast though the pattern can be a bit boring at times though easy to do when watching videos.
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Post by: Flobear on December 05, 2021, 12:58:52 PM
Looking great, @Ann  :thumb:  I love the oppositenessness of the colours.  Jogless joins sound interesting  :D

I am making very slow progress with my Hearthside slippers. Having waited ages for the replacement colour yarn I finally got round to knitting one sole (had to concentrate) then, having picked up all the stitches in colour 2 for the upper, needed a 5mm crochet hook which I can't for the life of me find  :facepalm:  Mum has searched in her stuff too, to no avail, but luckily I found today that the local 'everything' shop had just two in stock and also a 3.25mm. Gone are the days when I could nip the mile and a quarter up the road to Hobbycraft!

Anyway, there might be something worth photographing soon  :[
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Post by: Ann on December 05, 2021, 16:45:15 PM
I forgot to introduce the yarn for the yellow and green socks. The wool is from Ancient Arts which is produced and dyed in Canada. The yarn is 80% merino wool and 20% nylon. The yarn comes from a line called Hat Trick named after hockey teams in Canada and the US. These yarns are semi solids to go with the painted yarn. The yellow is called Offside and the green is Hooking. I began knitting socks using this yarn as I was able to visit the store in person. It was there that I got the pattern I knit for DGS when he was only 6 years old.

I am following Purl Together as I love her method of knitting socks. I chose the pattern from a pattern I found online and counted the knits and purls to get the pattern.

Hopefully, I will have more pictures of the socks later this week.
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Post by: Celia on December 05, 2021, 16:56:03 PM
Ooh I am doing some with a jogless  join using the helical method. Love it
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Post by: Flobear on December 05, 2021, 17:51:34 PM
There's always something to learn on TSP  :loveit:
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Post by: toileandtrouble on December 05, 2021, 23:22:38 PM
@Celia  @Ann Thanks for the posts, I just found out how to do that join!
(Got in a real muddle there.  Thanked Ann initially, looked down, changed it to Celia,, realised it was  Ann first...it was the middle of the night)
Now have to make something stripey to try it out. ( I'm with you @realale . Yes, "Ooh, shiny - must try that." )
 Have already parked my socks and the boring plain men's socks to do a pair  with loose cuffs for my friend with heart failure. Her poor legs are swollen and her hands so cold.  I find if I have woollen socks on, it helps my circulation and I feel warmer all over. She says she has never had woollen socks. Anyhow, one done and the second started tonight. Picture later.
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Post by: Ouryve on December 05, 2021, 23:41:45 PM
I have a bunch of Regia that I picked up for £1 a ball on hobby craft when they had a big clearance, many years ago. It does make pretty bombproof socks and is good for mindless knitting.

Also have some wollmeise 80/20 in colours I don't like close to my face. Found the petty harbour sock pattern which I shall probably cast on after a hat or two.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on December 06, 2021, 10:56:40 AM
These are the socks for my friend.  It is 6ply, I was going to make boot socks but this is more urgent, another chilly spell starting.  The cuffs have to be really really loose.  A continental cast on, 60 stitches   2x2 rib and larger needles. After the cuff I took it down to 48 stitches and smaller needles and went back to the pattern. The Regia 6ply pattern has a new (to me) heel, which was interesting and I've done a tapered toe end finished with Kitchener stitch.  I have not sewn in the yarn ends yet, she can try this one on and it will be easier to undo - if I have to.

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Post by: Ohsewsimple on December 06, 2021, 12:03:07 PM
Ooh nice colour @toileandtrouble.
It’s fascinating reading about the different patterns and methods and seeing everyone’s socks.
I have to own up to some of it being a complete mystery to me.  Last year I found some crochet sock patterns and I am tempted with those as I prefer crochet. 
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Post by: Turquoise on December 06, 2021, 12:05:40 PM
The knitting is finished on my first socks so now the pattern says I need to finish them by using kitchener stitch - so I'm off to YouTube to find some instructions :)

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Post by: toileandtrouble on December 06, 2021, 12:06:18 PM
@Ohsewsimple  Well, crochet is a mystery to me, apart from the straight bits and granny squares.
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Post by: Ohsewsimple on December 06, 2021, 12:21:57 PM
@Ohsewsimple  Well, crochet is a mystery to me, apart from the straight bits and granny squares.

I’m lazy.  Crochet is sooooo much quicker.  :rolleyes:   And granny squares are something I can’t stand.  I really like more modern stuff.  But that’s the same with dressmaking. I like something that pushes me to try something a bit different.  Now, if I was taller there would be lots I’d make!   :laughing:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 06, 2021, 12:58:43 PM
My sock is now 2" long!! I'm not a speedy knitter so this could take some time  :P
However I got intrigued with the 'jogless join using the helical method' and watched some videos on that (I refer you to my 'Oooh Look, Shiny!!' confession). The chances of me ever doing striped socks (or striped anything!!) other than with striped wool is less than zero but I watched it and thought "I could do that".....  :S  :embarrassed:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Turquoise on December 06, 2021, 13:48:10 PM
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@realale you can’t be as slow a knitter as me and I’ve now finished, so yours won’t be too long.

Not sure every part of my Kitchener stitch was right but they are stitched together now and very comfy and warm.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on December 06, 2021, 21:50:11 PM
@toileandtrouble, love those socks. I'm not sure what weight 6 ply is but they look lovely and warm and not too tight at all. I'm sure she will love them.

@Turquoise, your socks are lovely. Once you get the hang of the Kitchener stitch, you will fly away at doing them. I have a little saying to do it. When I put in the needle I say (front needle) purl, take off, knit, (back needle) knit, take off, purl. I don't do the usual first stitch like most say to do as I always had ears and Purl Together showed us this way and I'm hooked.

I'm ready to turn the heel on both socks tonight. Then change color to do the foot.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 07, 2021, 08:44:24 AM
Ooh, Ann, I also get little 'ears' when I do Kitchener stitch so will def. have a go at this variation.
And I have a mantra which kicks in after the first stitch or two!
K front off
P front on
P back off
K back on
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 07, 2021, 14:42:52 PM
For anyone thinking about the strips here is a very good you tube https://youtu.be/IXsItKHmmNk to get you started, I have done 1 and 1/2 so will finish soon if I can get back to them, doing a Christmas snowman at the moment

I love different techniques
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 07, 2021, 14:54:08 PM
For anyone thinking about the strips here is a very good you tube https://youtu.be/IXsItKHmmNk

That's the one I watched  :loveit:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 07, 2021, 20:14:52 PM
Latest in Hearthside slipper saga.

Started the upper, it takes a bit of following and I'm having to read it off the laptop screen as it wouldn't print out properly. Looks a bit crooked to me and I don't seem to have the right number of stitches down one side of the foot  ><  Decided to try it on and I think I really need the next size up <sigh>
In consequence, I have 'parked' the right foot and made a start on the left, one size larger.

Next winter, anyone?  ;)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on December 07, 2021, 22:28:36 PM
@Turquoise  I like your socks - is that a patterned leg, or is it the wool making a plain rib look different?
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Post by: Turquoise on December 08, 2021, 07:17:09 AM
@toileandtrouble - the wool changes colour throughout and there is a pattern on the front side of the sock.  It’s great because it’s very easy (every 4th row the front side is knitted as a 1:1 rib ) and gives a lovely textured effect. 

The pattern is Mina Philips’s Pebble socks.  The pattern uses The German short heel method and I found that a better method for me than the one I used on my practise version using Aran wool, where I picked up stitches.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Pearl on December 09, 2021, 09:34:48 AM
Next pair finished  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/7x6DVISm.jpg)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 09, 2021, 09:45:40 AM
They look lovely @Pearl. I really want to try that pattern @Flobear so am watching your progress with interest. 

My socks are on hold at the moment as I am knitting some gloves for my son and also some snowmen but here is the progress so far on the helical striped socks, k am knitting them toe up as I am not sure how much wool I have and they are knitted in in Drops Nord.  The colour in the photo is not quite right
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 09, 2021, 10:00:15 AM
I really want to do it too, @Celia  :laughing:

As I said upthread, next winter for the completion?  :S
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 09, 2021, 13:58:59 PM
Ok When we changed the  title I didn’t say which winter  :laughing: @Flobear
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on December 09, 2021, 16:53:00 PM
Second sock finished, delivered them to my friend - forgot to take a picture.   :facepalm:  And I had matched up the stripes too.  Might have another go at mine now.  Or the plain ones.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 09, 2021, 18:24:43 PM
I'm still plodding on with these socks. As I said I'm not a speedy knitter but these seem to be going on for ever. I'll be glad to finish one sock before the daunting task of starting the second.

He can have one sock for Christmas and the second one for his birthday in February. (Still don't like the yarn I'm using.)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ouryve on December 10, 2021, 20:29:57 PM
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About to cast on. My phone cannot capture how Christmassy a green this yarn is. No way will even the first sock be complete for Christmas, though!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 11, 2021, 10:06:04 AM
Looks Christmassy to me :loveit:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Bumblebuncher on December 11, 2021, 10:46:56 AM
Looks Christmassy to me too.
Why does anything green or red look Christmassy this time of year? :laughing:
BB
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 12, 2021, 11:17:30 AM
Just to prove that I really am attempting to knit Hearthside slippers, here's one that, so far, seems to be working out. But I definitely can't do German short rows in the middle of a long round and watch the telly at the same time  :S  Trouble is, I have to look at the abbreviations Every Time I Knit a Row  :faints: because there are several similar manoeuvres and I daren't get one wrong.

Colours are not that exciting. I chose them from sale stock online. The sole was going to be a shade of British racing green but it was much too turquoisey and looked ghastly with the denim blue.
Pic is a bit fuzzy up close but I think it shows well enough.

(https://i.imgur.com/33yHFTy.jpg)

Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on December 13, 2021, 11:08:31 AM
@Flobear, those slippers look interesting. Can't wait to see one done.

I have one sock ready to do the Kitchener stitch and the other one has about 1/4 of the toe done. They will be done soon and then pictures.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 13, 2021, 14:12:32 PM
@Flobear that is looking really interesting
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 13, 2021, 14:16:20 PM
I'm about to do the kitchener stitch on the first sock. This may be interesting/take some time.
Deep breath, I'm going in......  :P
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ouryve on December 13, 2021, 16:10:36 PM
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Getting some interesting pooling, here. It's travelling around a little faster now I'm into the leg pattern.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 13, 2021, 16:44:15 PM
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Ta Dah!! A sock!!
Grudgingly knit. Still don't like the yarn (grumble, grinch, groan).
And now on to the second one. Le sigh.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ouryve on December 13, 2021, 16:55:00 PM
These are the socks for my friend.  It is 6ply, I was going to make boot socks but this is more urgent, another chilly spell starting.  The cuffs have to be really really loose.  A continental cast on, 60 stitches   2x2 rib and larger needles. After the cuff I took it down to 48 stitches and smaller needles and went back to the pattern. The Regia 6ply pattern has a new (to me) heel, which was interesting and I've done a tapered toe end finished with Kitchener stitch.  I have not sewn in the yarn ends yet, she can try this one on and it will be easier to undo - if I have to.

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I have a couple of pairs knitted in that 6 ply. A bit too thick for most of my boots but very cosy around the house.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 13, 2021, 16:55:50 PM
Looking great @realale . You'll zip through the second one in no time!
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Post by: Starryfish on December 13, 2021, 17:17:26 PM
Nice sock @realale.

Here's DSIL's first pair of Xmas socks.
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The yarn is Regia pairfect 4 ply.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Bumblebuncher on December 13, 2021, 17:40:49 PM
Wow, all these socks are wonderful and all so colourful too  :D
Well done to everyone, even if you haven't finished them yet :perfect10:
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Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 13, 2021, 17:52:17 PM
Pondering trying to match the stripes. Trying being the operative word. I've watched you tube videos on how to do it so shouldn't be a problem......  :S
Will sleep on the thought tonight and decide tomorrow.
Nicely matched socks @Starryfish  :thumb:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 13, 2021, 20:03:06 PM
Progress on Hearthside slipper:

I am slowly getting to grips with the abbreviations and the German short rows. With a bit of luck I won't need the latter now as I am about to emabark on the 'up the leg' bit. Patterns and colours  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/yh7j3Z9.jpg)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on December 13, 2021, 21:26:36 PM
Can't claim any credit for stripe matching @realale. It's a special ball that ensures two identical socks!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on December 13, 2021, 23:52:51 PM
@realale I just notice what part of the colour cycle I started on, then I wind off wool from the ball until I get to the same place and start my second sock.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on December 13, 2021, 23:57:19 PM
@Ouryve She is going to wear them round the house, instead of slippers, which she can't get on any more. I called the other day and she was wearing them.
 (They were going to be socks for Wellington Boots, which are usually very loose!)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ouryve on December 14, 2021, 00:21:47 AM
@Ouryve She is going to wear them round the house, instead of slippers, which she can't get on any more. I called the other day and she was wearing them.
 (They were going to be socks for Wellington Boots, which are usually very loose!)
well she will find them very cosy :)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 14, 2021, 09:29:40 AM
It is lovely to see all these socks, mine are still on hold as I am trying to get a couple more Christmas snowmen done.

@Flobear are you going to put something non slip on the sole.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 14, 2021, 11:48:58 AM
Yes @Celia . Especially as I slipped down the last three or four stairs last week and am sporting a few bruises  :\
Haven't decided what to use yet as I'm not sure what's available.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on December 14, 2021, 13:51:23 PM
Last pair of socks are done for this year. I haven't made socks for DDIL before so it was a bit of a guessing game. She has small feet so these are the trial and error pair.

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DD calls them John Deere socks. They are a Canadian football team's colors but I do like John Deere colors also.

Next up - a head band out of wool that I will send to DD. I need something to knit in the evenings.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 21, 2021, 14:07:13 PM
Aaaah! No! My empty bamboo dpn has just flown off into a pile of junk and I can't find it!! I'm halfway through the final foot on size 2.5 - can I just use one odd size three needle to finish off? Will it make much difference? Going to Amazon to order a new set but I'm running out of time....  :headbang:

All is well, I've found it!! panic over.  :dance:

Having said that, what are your favourite dpns for sock knitting? I use bamboo but wondered if others were better/different. I don't get on with circular needles so I'm just interested in dpns at the moment.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: toileandtrouble on December 21, 2021, 16:16:24 PM
@realale I like bamboo as well. And beech.  The wooden ones get a nice patina after you have handled them a while and the knitting slides along.  I like them also because they are silent.  It must be annoying to sit and watch TV with someone going click click all the time.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on December 21, 2021, 16:59:10 PM
@realale, I have used Karbonz by Knitter's Pride when I knit socks on dpns. You can get them on Amazon. Pricey but the yarn doesn't slip off the needles. You can also get ChiaoGoo dpns also in metal and bamboo. I have knit with the bamboo circular needles and do like them. They are also pricey but not as pricey as the Karbonz. I have also knit with Knit Picks wooden needles and like them also.

I have quite the collection of Karbonz and Knit Picks along with an interchangeable set of Knitters Pride. I do use both dpns and circulars. I am now getting into ChiaoGoo needles as family wants to know what I want for Christmas. I like their cables better. But, I will knit with what I have and it allows me to have two socks on the go.

With the last socks I knit, I knit one on Knitters Pride and one on Knit Picks. I did like the Knitter's Pride needle better. They were smoother and had a nicer balance when I paid attention to the needles. Otherwise they didn't bother me in the least.

A top notch knitting teacher here in Nova Scotia knits on birch dpns and swears by them. A lady who lives near us knits with Signature dpns (https://signatureneedlearts.com/double-point-needles/). They are the luxury model of dpns. I knit a couple of rows using her needles and these needles are to die for and very expensive at $67.00 US for a set of dpns. These are the dpns I would get if I was going to knit a lot of socks on dpns.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 22, 2021, 13:37:47 PM
 :dance: Yay!! Whoop whoop!! Happy Dance  :dance:
The second sock is finished  :faints:
And in time for Christmas  :xclap:
So glad to not have to knit with that yarn again  0_0
Stripes nearly match up  :thumb: but I'm not going to stress over inconsistencies  :P  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 22, 2021, 16:40:06 PM
They look great and it really doesn’t matter if they match or not as they are beautifully hand made.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 22, 2021, 17:53:02 PM
I really like the look of those @realale  :thumb:

Just to say that I have finished knitting my left Hearthside slipper but haven't yet sewn down the lining inside. A pencil case and a pair of knitted mitts have got in the way!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ellabella on December 22, 2021, 18:21:45 PM
I must try to master dpns .  I am happy with magic loop but realise that socks would be quicker on dpns, but they are so pointy.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: coffeeandcake on December 22, 2021, 19:01:19 PM
Love your socks @realale :D
My mum used to knit a lot but sadly she is no longer with us. (Quite emotional writing that even though she passed 25 years ago) Anyway, I have most of her knitting needles, which are the metal ones. I'm gradually buying new ones and opting for bamboo - mostly circulars as I find them very nice to knit with.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 23, 2021, 13:46:52 PM
@Ellabella i can use both but definitely knit quicker with magic loop method.  I have also used the 9inch circulars but they can give my hands cramp if I knit too much
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: SewRuthieSews on December 23, 2021, 14:10:14 PM
@realale, love the socks!

I had a knitting friend who made me a few pairs, but they were all actual wool which I couldn't wear next to my skin, so I only wore them occasionally when it was really cold and I could have a thin pair of cotton or bamboo inside them.
Then after we moved OH found them and absolutely loves wearing them, and doesn't find the wool irritates his skin so a win. Always makes me smile seeing him in rainbow handknit socks.
(I am not a knitter, nor a crochet person but am in awe of those of you who can!)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on December 23, 2021, 21:25:10 PM
@realale, those are beautiful socks. I never pay attention to whether socks match or not. Family wear them under pants so no one sees them. That being said, I've opted to buy yarn that is heathered as I like the look of it over stripe socks.

I'll be back to knitting socks in January as I have at least 6 pairs to knit in 2022.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on December 27, 2021, 16:21:56 PM
Well, I blame you lot. It is all your fault - you have turned me into a sock knitter!!!
After finishing hubby's socks (which he loves and is extolling how comfortable they are) I dove straight in to start another pair.
And I ordered more sock wool. I went with @Celia recommendation of Marriners yarn and ordered two balls on Tuesday 21st evening thinking they would be here for the new year. Their site was warning of delivery delays and allowing a long time for delivery - they arrived on Friday 24th!!
I also got new dpns as my bamboo ones were bending.
I see more socks in my life and it's all your fault!!!  :laughing:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on December 27, 2021, 16:26:40 PM
@realale Guilty as charged :loveit:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: BrendaP on December 27, 2021, 16:45:21 PM
I must try to master dpns .  I am happy with magic loop but realise that socks would be quicker on dpns, but they are so pointy.
Depends on the knitter.  Pulling the loop through might, or might not, be quicker than changing needles.

I am definitely faster with DPNs but knitters who are uses to magic loop will be faster that way, and others prefer two sets of circulars (or even one set of very  short circulars :ninja:)  Try all methods to find what you like but don't be surprised if you end up sticking with the magic loop.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on December 28, 2021, 12:37:15 PM
SILS's other pair. I had to redo the heel on the last sock several times, due to poor light and cold fingers.

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I'm on a roll now, knitting myself a pair!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 30, 2021, 08:25:50 AM
Finally have a pic of a finished Hearthside slipper! The sole is knitted for the right one but super-concentration needed for the shaping coming up.

(https://i.imgur.com/eKlhH5A.jpg)

The width of the heel is more than I would like but that may not be a problem in use.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ouryve on December 30, 2021, 16:01:51 PM
OK, not finished in time for Christmas and I should have tugged that graft a little firmer at the start (hopefully that will smooth out in the wash) but all I need to do now is knit this one a mate.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ouryve on December 30, 2021, 16:03:12 PM
Attachments not behaving!

And I definitely find magic loop easier - and safer with a child who might be tempted to whip a needle out.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on December 30, 2021, 16:59:12 PM
I like using magic loop and circulars because I'm a loose knitter  :o  and every so often a dpn will slide out of a smallish item like a sock or a glove.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on January 07, 2022, 13:40:06 PM
I've started on the second sock of my second pair. 20 rows in and already several mistakes but not ones massive enough for me to go back and rectify (I doubt anyone will notice once they are being worn!!  :laughing:). First sock was okayish but I mucked up the kitchener stitch on the toes - I got distracted and forget what I was doing. Other than that I think I'm getting the hang of this sock knitting malarky!!  :dance:
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on January 07, 2022, 13:42:57 PM
Glad to see the socks are still going well, I am still on the grey and orange ones as I have stopped to knit other things.  They are growing again now but slowly
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on January 07, 2022, 16:55:11 PM
DD tried on her grey socks and they fit her perfectly. She going to wear them when she goes riding her horses.

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I now can knit her more socks knowing this pattern works for her. She still has to try her other pair on for a fit.

Right now I am knitting her heavy socks to wear in her boots she wears to feed the horses. She loves these socks and wore out the 2 pair I made her several years ago.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on January 08, 2022, 12:51:15 PM
I have finally got past the really difficult bit on Hearthside right slipper. German short rows on this pattern are difficult to follow because I have to keep checking what the abbreviations mean. Then if I make a mistake or think I have, I have to track back on all the rows one stitch at a time unlike normal knitting when you can often track downwards with the help of a spare needle or crochet hook.

Mind you, I mustn't get too blasé because I made a mistake on the chevron pattern with the left slipper when I wasn't concentrating on the grid pattern properly.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ouryve on January 12, 2022, 17:04:22 PM
I've started on the second sock of my second pair. 20 rows in and already several mistakes but not ones massive enough for me to go back and rectify (I doubt anyone will notice once they are being worn!!  :laughing:). First sock was okayish but I mucked up the kitchener stitch on the toes - I got distracted and forget what I was doing. Other than that I think I'm getting the hang of this sock knitting malarky!!  :dance:

I went through a phase of making some elaborately patterned socks but soon realised it's pointless because I'm not the sort to wear thick socks with a skirt and silly shoes. I live in the northeast and wear them when it's baltic! Vanilla socks bore me so just a simple texture or lace pattern does the job.

The top half of my socks mostly lives under jeans or joggers and the toe lives inside a boot or crocs. So yes, you're right, unless Mary Janes and 50s swirly skirts are your thing, no one will see the mistakes!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Silver Rose on January 12, 2022, 18:37:19 PM
Have only just caught  up with this thread, what lovely socks, you clever people.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on January 12, 2022, 22:10:41 PM
Finished my second Hearthside slipper at last  :dance: Will do a pic. of the pair tomorrow.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on January 12, 2022, 22:13:22 PM
Just turned the heel & started on the gusset so I'm getting there. Still not enamoured with this yarn but at least I like it better than the last lot!!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on January 12, 2022, 22:15:00 PM
Ooh, you gotta love a gusset  ;)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: b15erk on January 13, 2022, 09:36:13 AM
Seeing all your lovely socks, I feel like a slacker... :embarrassed:

I did start my second pair, but the project stalled when I had a (minor) problem that I couldn't figure out.

Time to start again I think, as my hat will be done soon and my fingers will start twitching!

Jessie
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Flobear on January 13, 2022, 17:10:27 PM
Finally!!!
(https://i.imgur.com/KfZPBmQ.jpg)

That was quite a tour-de-force, and a challenge even though I'm a pretty experienced knitter. They are a little too large, pity I didn't stick with Med. the size I started with. They're OK if I wear other knitted socks inside them though I still feel there's too much space in the heel. If they weren't so complicated I would unpick and re-knit - but that ain't going to happen  :D

Mr Bear calls them my woolly wellies!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Acorn on January 13, 2022, 17:20:47 PM
They are lovely, and woolly wellies describes them perfectly!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Starryfish on January 13, 2022, 18:05:00 PM
Lovely woolly wellies @Flobear !

I'm on a sock knitting roll. Here's a pair for me from West Yorkshire Spinners british wool.

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I bought a small knitpro circular needle for this pair as I am having a lot of trouble with stitches falling off the DPNs when I turn the heel. It is a bit fiddly to use but I turned the heel at the first attempt so it's worth it!
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Turquoise on January 14, 2022, 06:38:37 AM
Love the socks @Starryfish .  I bought some West Yorkshire Spinners wool - seeing your pair is giving me the push to get a move on with it.  I think I got as far as the ribbing but then put it down somewhere…but where?  I’ve been on a tidying/reorganising crusade in my sewing room so keep temporarily losing things  :D
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Post by: Celia on January 14, 2022, 09:27:09 AM
@Flobear they are lovely they are still own my list but maybe not yet.

@Starryfish i like wuss wool it is lovely to knit with and seems to wash well too.

I am now sockless again, I took my current stash of socks to my NDN yesterday, her two daughters where there, they are great dog walkers and loved them so I ended up giving them all away.  So now I can start knitting again, all of the collection I had where knitted while I was trying different techniques so I am happy they have found new homes.

I love to keep a pair of socks on the needles even when I am knitting other things as I can knit away with having to think about it too much.
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Post by: Starryfish on January 14, 2022, 12:40:10 PM
@Celia ,

I may have got the sock bug as well. Can you recommend sock yarn for spring/ summer socks? I would like to try some lighter yarn cotton or bamboo.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Celia on January 14, 2022, 13:40:13 PM
I haven’t really tried any one these, the wool from Marriner.  https://www.marrineryarns.com/knitting-yarns/marriner-cosy-toes-4-ply-sock-yarn-100g-91.asp  is lovely and does seem to be a bit finer to wear but it is still of course wool. 

If anyone else has tried the cotton/ bamboo types please let us know.
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Post by: toileandtrouble on January 14, 2022, 13:53:39 PM
I have used bamboo, not warm like wool and stretches out of shape - but tightens up in the wash.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on January 24, 2022, 16:24:53 PM
Second sock thankfully finished  :thumb: I did not enjoy knitting with this yarn. I didn't like the feel of it, the colour of it nor the way it knitted up - other than that it was fine!!!  :laughing:
I thought I'd matched the 'stripes' but it turns out I hadn't. Oh well, they're finished which is the main thing. I'm going to do a pair for me now.
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Post by: Ouryve on January 24, 2022, 23:48:33 PM
Looking at the sequence, I'm not sure you could have matched the stripes if you tried! What yarn was it?
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Post by: Acorn on January 25, 2022, 09:12:57 AM
I think they're lovely, and personally I prefer it when socks don't quite match...  ;)
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Post by: Flobear on January 25, 2022, 10:05:24 AM
Me too, about the matching thing. It's much more interesting to me to see where the colour changes match up. You can really do your head in by starting the other sock from the other end of the yarn so the 'pattern' goes in the opposite direction  :D

I have started a pair of straightforward socks because I needed something to do when Mr Bear invited me into his den to watch a film on his ridiculously large telly on Saturday night  ;) Just about to turn the heel on the first one.
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: realale on January 25, 2022, 12:42:42 PM
Looking at the sequence, I'm not sure you could have matched the stripes if you tried! What yarn was it?
It was Katia Olé Duetto, bought extremely many years ago!
I've started my next pair, this time for me, and after 4 rows I'm already liking the yarn much more.  :)
Title: Re: WINTER SOCK KNIT ALONG
Post by: Ann on January 25, 2022, 21:30:23 PM
Oh wowzers on the woolie wellies and socks.

The heavy socks I'm knitting sit and wait as does the redo of DGS's one sock he got a hole in. I'm testing right now, very tired with SAD and am not sleeping well. Also I'm cleaning the house and it tuckers me out. One room left to clean and then I need to do a wipe down and start in the basement.

I will keep on knitting though even if it is items for the dolls.