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« on: December 27, 2005 07:34:22 AM »

ok, I can knit, but have never knit socks before.  My husband wants some thick wool socks for around the house.  Please throw at me any suggestions for:

~ yarn to use
~ patterns for a sock newbie
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2005 08:17:14 AM »

I just started a pair of socks for DH out of some Briggs & Little Tuffy. I got the yarn and the pattern from  Ram Wools. Look in the socks section for "Hockey Socks" and you're find it. The wool is a bit scratchy, but it's working up very nice and thick like DH wants.
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2005 08:22:45 AM »

Faraboverubies, I'm dying to try knitting socks myself. I decided I wanted to use circular needles and ordered the QueenKahuna book. Once it gets here, I'll be right behind you wrt hitting the sock trail. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2005 08:36:39 AM »

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATtiptoptoes.html - I use the figure 8 cast on
http://www.wendyjohnson.net/blog/sockpattern.htm - for the rest of the sock
http://www.wiseneedle.com/knitpatksox.asp - the first pattern I tried
http://www.socknitters.com/Tips/stretchy.htm - a nice loose bind off for the cuff

Once you get the hang of it you can make socks out of any yarn on any size dpns or circulars.
I just pick my yarn and pick my needles and start with the toe - when the toe is big enough I start doing the foot - when the foot part is long enough to touch where the top of the foot meets the leg I start the heel, and then the leg is usually quite short because I get bored so easily. Use thinner yarn to be worn inside shoes and the thicker yarns to be worn as slippers - I usually use Patons Classic Wool Merino and size 5 or 6 dpns.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2005 11:24:39 AM »

I found a pattern I thought was interesting:
http://www.knittingnow.com/patterns/KN_Free.asp
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« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2005 11:56:48 AM »

Faraboverubies, I'm dying to try knitting socks myself. I decided I wanted to use circular needles and ordered the QueenKahuna book. Once it gets here, I'll be right behind you wrt hitting the sock trail. Smiley

I have to warn against Queen Kahuna's book.  I borrrowed the book from my friend, and was very glad that I only borrowed it and did not buy it.  It's poorly edited and very confusing.  I had been knitting for two years, and had knit several pairs of socks (cuff down) before, so I was not a novice.  There is SO much babbling in the book, non-sensical stuff that doesn't need to be there.  I found myself re-reading the directions 4 or 5 times in an effort to sift out the babble from the real directions.  I do like the way she does her heel, but it took me SO long to figure it out.  Again, not because it is hard, but because it is so poorly explained.

I know some people swear by this book (my friend is one of them), but I only swore AT this book.  It is definately not worth the $30+ investment.  And certainly do no make it your first pair of socks.

Just my two cents  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2005 12:04:17 PM »

i've been wanting to try socks too- has anyone tried this pattern?
http://www.knitpicks.com/projects/Projects_Display_Yarn.aspx?itemid=50417220 (or one similar)?  it's called "two at once".  this pattern looks cool because i'm afraid that i'll get 1 sock done, feel i've accomplished my goal & not make the other one.
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2005 04:28:43 PM »

The first pair of socks I made was from all the info gleaned here
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FirstTimeSocknittersKAL/
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« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2005 04:47:20 PM »

I like to do socks at once on two circular needles, otherwise I have tons of single socks.  The only difficult part is getting the cast on stitches on the needles so they match up correctly.

Umm, as for books, I love the Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns, by Ann Budd, cuz it has a basic sock pattern for baby thru huge-bigfoot sizes in like 5 gauges.  Also, it has a really good section on the Kitchner stitch, etc.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2005 06:33:04 PM »

You can't go wrong with Koigu yarn!

I love the two circular method!

And, my all time fave book...Sensational Knitting, it's a must have, really!
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