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« on: June 25, 2006 01:17:56 PM »

I'm a newbie knitter and was recently taught to knit in the round by my aunt.  I have a basic pattern and have been wanting to knit socks.  My friend is taking advantage of this ambition and requesting  a pair of socks for her birthday.  She is turning 17 and has a love for pirates.  I'm planning on decorating one of the many wooden boxes that my mom bought at a dollar store to look like a treasure chest (like some of those from the pirate swap gallary)

I don't know how to do intarsia or anything like that, but am willing to learn if it can be spelled out simply enough.

Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2006 06:22:28 PM »

Why not just do black and white striped socks? They seem pretty piratey to me. If you wanted, you could add a little intarsia skull and crossbones to them somewhere- both stitch 'n bitch and stitch 'n bitch nation have good skull and crossbones charts. If you don't own those books (go buy them!) a search of Craftster should find a suitable chart.


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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2006 09:42:55 PM »

I agree with Tamantha, a simple stripe pattern would be cool. I think a pair of black and white socks and a pair of black and red ones would be very pirate-like!  If you were feeling extra ambitious, you can do a pair of knee socks to go with her pirate knickers.

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2006 09:54:23 PM »

If you're doing the socks in the round (which you probably are; not many sock patterns are written flat), then you won't be able to do intarsia. You'd have to use some stranded technique to put in a skull and crossbones, or what have you.

But yeah. Stripes are nice and piratey. Avast!

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2006 06:21:16 AM »

They would have to be knee-length, I think. But any stripey sock in bright colours would work. Personally, I think red-and-white when I think pirate. But what about yellow and red? Blue and light grey?

Also, instead of a colour pattern, would it be possible to do a pattern in purl stitches? I made this pirate washcloth: http://www.knittingknonsense.com/skullcrossbones.html and the pattern is just done with the type of stitches you use. I did mine in bright piratey red, it was very cute, and sadly gave it away before I remembered I should have taken a picture of it.

I also found this pattern for pirate socks (but it looks a little complicated for first time sock knitting): http://katydidknits.blogspot.com/2006/06/jack-sparrows-favorite-socks.html


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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2006 07:35:13 AM »

i'm thinking that odd socks are a bit piratey (plus if theyre deliberately odd any mistakes in the pattern between the socks won't show up).

or else ruffles. ruffles seem very pirate to me.

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2006 07:37:53 AM »

I also think striped socks are piratey....oh and if you do want a good intarsia skull pattern hello yarn has a bunch of projects...here's one i've been considering:  http://www.helloyarn.com/miniskulltote.htm

Though to be more piratey I would do black with a white skull....so it's like a jolly roger bag.

Edit:  just realised they had a skull sock pattern that is perfect:  http://www.helloyarn.com/skullsocks.htm

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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2006 03:58:30 PM »

Thanks so much!   Grin The Jack Sparrow ones would be perfect, but I get frustrated too easily to try that for my first pair... Maybe for her next birthday?  I think I'll try my hand at the other skull and crossbones one, though.  Yay! *rushes off to buy yarn*

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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2006 01:00:39 PM »

I'm having a bit of problem using a stranded method.  I find it hard to get a tension that works when I'm knitting in the round, and I think it might be because the chart I'm using has too many stitches of one colour, so the floats are too long.  Does this make sense?  Is there a way to fix this?

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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2006 01:21:06 PM »

What about making some socks, then using 'duplicate stitch' to make a skull and crossbones on top?

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