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« on: November 28, 2007 05:58:01 PM »

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I have knitted 2 pairs of socks....and I did so using double pointed needles *yea me!*

They have ended up looking a bit stiff & I believe its because of my yarn....we have no sock yarn in our WalMart & theres no LYS around where I live...

what yarn can be substitued for sock yarn???

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2007 06:56:09 PM »

What about using bigger needles?  There are a number of customizable sock patterns out there that don't require a specific weight yarn.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2007 07:13:50 PM »

I have 2 different size needles. That's all. I have no money to buy more, so I'm kinda stuck.....

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this is what the sock looks like






my other needle size



hope they aren't too dark.

thanks for looking!

oh, here are the sizes

 6.00 mm (us:10) 29"-73.5 cm circular needles
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have  8>> 3.25MM-(us:3) dbl.

can I make socks with these???

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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2007 07:40:21 PM »

Those are definitely sock knitting sizes, but you do need thin yarn to knit with. Walmart should have a lion brand sock yarn, but it's really stiff and rough. Look at the baby yarn, some of it is pretty thin. And you can go to a thrift store and look for wool sweaters to unravel. Most of the machine knits use fairly thin yarn so that may work out better.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007 03:04:17 AM »

I know you said your on a budget... but KnitPicks.com has some super affordable sock yarn.  I to am tight on cash, and really enjoy using there Essential sock yarn.  It comes in lots of different colors and is only $3!!
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007 05:29:24 AM »

I like DK worked up on 3.25mm for socks and such - the fairly tight, stiff fabric wears really well (I knit quite tightly, so I'd guess that'll give me about 6 or 7 stitches per inch).  It is a lot stiffer than you're used to though, if you normally knit jumpers and the like.  Personally, I prefer smaller needles for 4-ply - anything down to 2.25mm, depending on how tightly I'm knitting and the stitch I'm using.  (4-ply on 3.25s is great for scarves and baby-clothes, but it's a bit floppy for socks IMHO).

Any DK can be made into socks, or 4-ply if you prefer the looser, softer fabric, but very soft, fluffy yarns will not wear very well.  Ideally you want something fairly tightly spun, and with nylon or silk to help prevent friction-damage.  That is, basically, a sock yarn, so you'll need to compromise: pick a yarn that feels as though it won't pill too badly (a lot of baby yarns are very loosely spun so they feel softer, but this means they wear badly on adult feet!).

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2007 11:06:29 PM »

what about making lace socks? I know it's probably the wrong season....
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