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« on: July 27, 2007 07:42:03 AM »

I love knitting, I really do! Looming and needling.

But I see all of these people doing socks and struggling with them, and I just want to know...why?

They're very beautiful, but I just can't see myself ever making them.
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007 09:23:46 AM »

Handknit socks are a custom fit, gorgeous colors and they are fun to knit.
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2007 09:26:15 AM »

I think socks are fun-- I've never struggled with them.

I like making them because they're not terribly time consuming, I can usually finish a pair in a week or less, which suits my impatient tendencies.

They also have lots of interesting increasing and decreasing, so I don't get bored with the same stitch pattern over and over.

And they're one of the easiest things to design yourself, so I can make endless modifications to suit whatever mood I'm in!
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2007 09:28:34 AM »

I have the same problem and am TERRIFIED of making socks. I really want to make some for my friend's birthday, but like I said, I'm TERRIFIED, though I have a couple of tutorials bookmarked for me so next time I go to the store, I can get the supplies and get started.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2007 09:32:47 AM »

They're not that scary, honest!  Everyone makes them out to be this big, bad thing you can only do if you're a knitting EXPERT, but if you can increase and decrease, you can knit a sock.
After I made my first one, I was thinking "That's it?"
You'll be pleasantly surprised.  Pick a good pattern (there are TONS of free sock patterns online), and off you go!  For your first one, it might be a good idea to pick a popular pattern (maybe one of the ones from Knitty) so that if you get lost you can come here and find someone who's made it before to help you.
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2007 09:37:22 AM »

Well, I still have to learn to increase and decrease.. and purl (no matter how many times I try to purl, it turns out.. not purl-ish??), but one of the patterns I have bookmarked is one from Knitty, so I should be getting money soon and that means I can go get some supplies!
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2007 10:20:55 AM »

I make them because they are, quite frankly, the most comfortable socks I've ever worn.  You don't realize how ill-fitting store-bought socks are (even when they're in your size) until you've worn custom-fit, hand-knit socks.
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2007 10:38:18 AM »

Socks might not be for everyone.  I agree they are not the big bad scary thing.  It's good to go into making you first pair with a relaxed attitude that if you make socks to fit a child but you intended to make them for yourself that you are still a head of the game.  You now have some experience with making socks and you next pair will be better.

The Yarn Harlot describes it at cheap entrainment.  That with a simple pattern is about $1 plus per hour of knitting fun and goes down when you do more complex patterns. It's cheaper than going to the movies !

They are an easy take with you project if it's just knitting in the round. 

Call me crazy but socks were my first finished knitting project.
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2007 10:47:25 AM »

I'm not interested in making socks, too much fiddling with small needles  which I can't stand using. I may make some tube type socks with heavier yarn to wear with my too big slippers in the winter - my ankles do get cold.
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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2007 10:56:00 AM »

I would love to make socks but I want to do the summer time tunic first so I have  bit of experience with round knitting.
What is a nice and easy knitted sock pattern? I got some super cute pink sock yarn on sale at hobby lobby and would love the make some socks. Smiley
Socks might not be for everyone.  I agree they are not the big bad scary thing.  It's good to go into making you first pair with a relaxed attitude that if you make socks to fit a child but you intended to make them for yourself that you are still a head of the game.  You now have some experience with making socks and you next pair will be better.

The Yarn Harlot describes it at cheap entrainment.  That with a simple pattern is about $1 plus per hour of knitting fun and goes down when you do more complex patterns. It's cheaper than going to the movies !

They are an easy take with you project if it's just knitting in the round. 

Call me crazy but socks were my first finished knitting project.

 Believe it or not that's one of my goals in knitting.
I like it when people start with a challenging project. I did the same thing with crochet. It makes me feel less crazy to hear other people do that sort of thing too.
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