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Melissa_W
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Re: What's on your needles?

There are ways of making a sock on two circular needles - if you can find

 

Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles that would probably help you out with the logistics of using two circs; you can't knit a sock using one small circular because the needles don't come that small and it would be a very tight circle.  Otherwise, socks are traditionally knit in the round using 4 or 5 double pointed needles; the only socks not knit in the round are argyle socks which are knit flat from the cuff down to the end of the argyle bit then joined in the round and finished traditionally through the foot.

 

Sock knitting is really no different than knitting any other garment; there are only two stitches, knit and purl, and a few special techniques to do with turning the heel and toe shaping. :smileyhappy: A few of my favorite sock knitting books are:

 

The Vogue Knitting Ultimate Sock Book 

 

This is the book I used to teach myself sock knitting.  I'm someone who learns pretty easily on my own, with just instructions and a diagram, and this breaks down different methods of construction (cuff-down versus toe-up, I prefere toe-up knitting because then I can make the leg as long as I want without worrying about running out of yarn) as well as recommendations for basic sock patterns, yarn weights, needles, and inventive patterns to try.

 

Favorite Socks (which is a collection of favorite sock patterns from the issues of Interweave Knits magazine - also a great favorite of mine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

 

Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn (which has a number of patterns and techinques for knitting with handpainted/hand-dyed sock yarn; the prettiest kind of sock yarn there is :smileyvery-happy: )

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a local yarn store (LYS) that you frequent?  Most have sock knitting classes or someone available to help you out when learning new patterns and techniques.  It takes a bit of patience - it took many attempts, throwing the yarn and needles at the wall, and having a beer before I finally figured out how to work the Eastern cast-on for my toe-up socks but I'm glad I stuck with it :smileyhappy:

 


AlexisDancer wrote:
I wish i could knit a sock but im still kind of a beginner and all the socks ive seen have weird ribbing and stiches that look hard to learn plus i dont get the whole double pointed needles thing so id rather make it in the round or with regular needles if possible.  anyone recomend a good book?


 

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Re: What's on your needles?

Welcome Alexis!


AlexisDancer wrote:
im working on a blue and green striped bag(i only have the bottonm so far im kinda stuck on the pattern) and a multi-colored striped scarf using yarn thats got those fuzzy strings on it.    For those of you living around Neenah Wisconsin Yarns By Design is a great store in downtown Neenah they have everything you need and some really cool classes (they are where i first learned to knit):smileyhappy:


 

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Re: What's on your needles?

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I'm knitting a pair of socks from her book and found it to be great.  I'm starting the toe part and hope I'll be able to do that since I've never knitted socks before.

I highly recommend her book.

Happy Knitting,

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Re: What's on your needles?

In a long-overdue update, I'm knitting a cardie and booties for a friend of mine who is due in August with her second child (girl this time).

 

I'm knitting the cardie from

Knitting for Two 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the booties from

Quick Baby Knits (it's my standard baby-bootie-gift pattern)

 

 

I'm using Dale of Norway's "Stork" cotton yarn in a pretty turquoise blue but I'm a bit put out because my LYS owner/guru let me know that Dale is discontinuing "Stork".  BOO!  It's a great summer yarn for just about any fine-gauge project.

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Re: What's on your needles?

I've been fiddling around with cotton washcloths since it's been so hot, but I've started to plan my fall projects. I picked up the Fall issue of Knit Simple a few days ago and I think I'm going to tackle #22, the striped tunic if I can find a good yarn substitute for Zara by Filatura di Crosa. Not only is it out of my price range, I also don't enjoy working with (or wearing!) pure wool.

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Re: What's on your needles?

I currently have three projects going. I'm making a baby blanket for a colleage (Mason Dixon's Moderne Baby Blanket), a wrap for myself (Knitting Noro's Basic Wrap), and I'm working on a blanket for my son who is being deployed to Iraq in January. It's going to be comprised of four panels, 1 panel each being made by me, my two daughters, and my daughter-in-law. We're going to surprise him and send it to him after he deploys.

 

Linda in NH

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Re: What's on your needles?

That's a great project for your son!  I'm sure he will love it :smileyhappy:
Linda_in_NH wrote:

I currently have three projects going. I'm making a baby blanket for a colleage (Mason Dixon's Moderne Baby Blanket), a wrap for myself (Knitting Noro's Basic Wrap), and I'm working on a blanket for my son who is being deployed to Iraq in January. It's going to be comprised of four panels, 1 panel each being made by me, my two daughters, and my daughter-in-law. We're going to surprise him and send it to him after he deploys.

 

Linda in NH

Mother, Nana, Knitter, Reader, Wannabe Stay-at-home-something

 


 

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Re: What's on your needles?

Well, I started a sweater for my granddaughter for christmas, its January.  After I started it, I switched to two scarves for my daughters (easier) for christmas gifts, got them done in time....the sweater well....I...ahem...will let you know.

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