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« on: September 16, 2005 02:37:03 PM »

I would really like to try knitting socks.  I'm looking for a short-term, low-commitment project for satisfaction in between knitting sweaters.

So...can anyone suggest a good "starter" pattern?  Are there any tips I should know?

I'm hoping for a comfy sock that I can knit using circular needles.   Roll Eyes   Mmmmmm!  Warm, cozy socks!

Thanks!
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HotRock
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2005 04:30:42 PM »

Socks 101 is a great tutorial on how to knit socks on DPNS.  I know, I know...you asked for patterns for circs, but it's really not all that difficult to use the DPNS. 

If you really don't want to use DPNS, try this pattern.

Watch out though...sock knitting (and buying sock yarn) is addicting!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2005 05:05:07 PM »

do you mean on two long circular needles?  If so I would recommend the book "Socks soar on circular needles"  I don't actually own it but I looked at it at a yarn store and found a tutorial on the internet somewhere about knitting socks with circs, and I just applied that knowledge to my "Yankee knitter" sock pattern.  It is very basic and easy to follow.
However I only make one sock.  My fingers cramp up using the no. 2 needles.

PS, I started the sock on dpn and switched to circs, and I thought using the circs was easier, but I know some people prefer dpn.
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2005 09:13:20 PM »

I'm doing two socks on 2 circs using the Queen Kahuna pattern and I'm really enjoying it - lots of pics for the visual learner.

~amey
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2005 03:09:26 AM »

i made myself sock dpn's out of an 1/8"dowel and a pencil sharpener and a bit of paste wax.

they were cheap and i don't have to worry about loss/breakage.

i love em.
i made them short (4" or so) so i have less of the porcupine effect.
i keep point protectors on the ends of all the needles to prevent stitch offslippage.
they were perfect for working on on the bus.  very small, very portable.

remember, when making socks there are only two tricky bits, the toe and the heel.  the rest of it is just straightforward knitting.  oh, you can add lace or cables or whatall to make it more challlenging, but the only tricky bits are the toe and the heel.
i experimented until i found a toe i like (figure 8 cast on toe up socks) and a heel (short row heel)
i use formula methods instead of a predetermined pattern (the socks fit my feet better that way.)
here are some links you might find useful.
a general FAQ:
http://www.socknitters.com/FAQ/FAQ_what.htm

the link to knitty's toe up sock article:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATtiptoptoes.html

some short row heel links:
http://www.tattings.com/knitted/heel.shtml
http://www.socknitters.com/Tips/shortrow.htm

and here are some sock generator links- the last one is my favorite:
http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/ArgyleSock/ArgyleSockOrder.html
http://www.planetshoup.com/easy/knit/sockfor3.shtml
http://www.royea.net/formula.html
http://www.burninghand.org/pocketreferencesockpattern.html
http://www.princeton.edu/~ezb/sockform.html
http://www.northtipton.com/howto.htm
http://www.hjsstudio.com/sock.html
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2005 10:01:25 AM »

Much thanks for the links. I'm planning to make some socks as Christmas gifts, and having patterns on my computer saves me from having to go out and buy a book of them when I really only need one.
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