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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2005 01:39:50 PM »

I think it is worth it....only because it is a fun knitting project and some of the yarns for socks are so YUMMY on your feet.  Plus there is the factor of learning to knit socks...and watching people in public stare at you while you manipulate this mess of needles into something. 

So... do hand-knitted socks wear well?  Is it worth it?
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« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2005 01:41:56 PM »

In order to determine what heels YOU like and how you wear your socks down, you might have to knit a few pair for experimentation.  The upside to this, though, is you can come up with the PERFECT sock for your foot....because you can try different toes and heels and adjust the length of the heel.

I think the slipped stitches in the heels do fine for reinforcements. 

So what if you're working with fingering weight to begin with? Do you double up on yarn, or use a different size with it, or forgo it entirely? I was reading up and found an interesting heel, I think it's the dutch heel? Anyway, it had a pattern of every other stitch slipped, would that make a heel strong enough that it didn't need to be otherwise reinforced?
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« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2005 01:42:50 PM »

What is the benefit of the smaller needle?  To bring the heel in a bit more tighter around the your foot/heel?

I typically knit a slip-stitch heel with a needle one size smaller than the body of the sock, unreinforced.  They seem to wear fine that way - I do, sometimes, knit a thread (I just use polyester sewing thread in a matching color) into the heel flap, since that's where I wear through.
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« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2005 01:44:59 PM »

http://www.royea.net/sockdemo1.html

That is a winner...

One word of note:  when it comes to turning the heel, the way it is worked will seem utterly freakish.  Handle it by just literally following in the instructions and doing what it says....you will see the magic!!

I've been wanting to learn how to knit socks for awhile and just today, I bought some inexpensive yarn to try to learn.

Anybody here feel charitable enough to post your favorite sock pattern? I'd love to hear from you sock knitters. Before I came to the board today, I ordered QueenKahuana's sock book. It'll be here in a week I guess but I'd like to know what everyone else uses.

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2005 12:18:26 PM »

Okay, so my plan? Was to make socks with random crazy-stripes, different widths, different placement, etc. etc. I finished one, just changed colors whenever I thought it could use a good bit of changing, and it turned out really nice. So, I go to start the next one, again, just chaning colors when I thought it could use it, and not even LOOKING at the other sock (which was in my purse).

The end result? The same. damn. stipe. pattern. Only not exact enough that the socks are actually, you know, a pair.

To frog or not to frog? This is the question.
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