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« on: May 05, 2009 07:27:47 PM »

two of my friends LOVE to wear those fluffy socks(the ones that look kinda like they're made out of chenelle [sp?])So I want to make them both a pair, does anyone know of a simple pattern to make socks?  BTW it'll be my first time making socks so any pointers would be useful.  I only have size 10/6 mm DPNs
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2009 08:09:41 PM »

The clearest explanation I found for socks for beginners is here:

For me, who wanted to knit two at once on a long circular, this was best:

I love that she explains each step and lets you adjust to the size you need and the yarn you have!

Have fun! I never thought I'd like doing socks but am surprisingly hooked! (Well, it helped that I found people that wanted some since I live in Thailand where socks are not exactly climate-friendly!)

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2009 12:59:36 AM »

Generally you want to knit socks on needles that are a couple sizes smaller than the ball band size.  You can usually invest in a cheap set of aluminum DPNs for around $5 at a local craft store.  You may need to do that here.

Also for socks that thick, your friends (and you!) should be aware that these will probably only be around-the-house socks, and probably won't be able to fit into shoes.  As such, watch any wood/slick floors since they may make you slip around (although that might be REALLY fun).

Using a chenille-type yarn may be frustrating if you're a beginning knitter, but hang in there!  The results will be really rewarding.  If you have knitted for a while and you know basics like knitting, purling, decreases/increases, and picking up stitches, you will find that socks are a breeze (and sometimes addictive).  Good luck, check your gauge, and have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2009 07:57:34 PM »

Elastic at the cuffs might help keep the chenille and other not very elastic yarns in the shape of socks.  They also sell stretchy sock yarn, though that will not be thick enough for the needles you want to use.

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