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  • I've set myself a knitting challenge!

    Ok, so after only 7 months of knitting I am attempting to use double ended needles and create a pair of socks. I have no idea how they will turn out, but I'm going to stick to a simple pattern. Possibly just sticking to ribbing all the way down the leg. I'm regretting my choice of yarn a little as it is really fine bamboo stuff, but I'm hoping for a fun looking pair of socks when I've finished. It's been a fiddly start, and I haven't completed one round yet. I can see this as being a long project until I get the hang of all these needles that are hanging around everywhere.
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    Hey!!! Awesome challenge if I do say so myself. Love socks, so portable and not too tricky to do either. It's all about the needle position and trying not to poke yourself in the eye, up the nose etc....

    Somehow when I first started, when I join up, I was knitting my socks inside out and couldn't understand why. I do them like that still because I like it now If you can bang out a pair of socks with the fine stuff, you deserve a medal my dear....xx
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    • #3
      I found tonight that I shouldn't wear knitwear while using double ended needles, I kept getting them caught in the little holes between stitches in the jumper I am wearing. Will have to wear something less holey in future. I got a sock knitting book for Christmas which is full of hints and tips, though I've only read half the tips I reckon, but I dip in and out of it and find something new to read every time I look in it.
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      • #4
        Oh yeah, the knitting needle thief that is also known as a jumper. I sometimes knit with a lambswool throw over my legs to keep warm and the fluff gets knitted in too...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by julesie View Post
          It's all about the needle position and trying not to poke yourself in the eye, up the nose etc....

          I got one of those magnifier viewers that sits on your chest, so it protects me from doing all these things...sort of.


          Somehow when I first started, when I join up, I was knitting my socks inside out and couldn't understand why. I do them like that still because I like it now

          Julsie, I thought I was the only one in the whole world - but this happens to you, too!!!?? We must be kindred spirits.

          I have made SO many socks wrong side out....but then, you just turn them right side out when finished and all's well....I've never made any fancy design socks so if I tried that some day, it probably would be an extremely frustrating experience....
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          • #6
            My friend who taught me to knit decided to have a go at socks, and decided to add a 5th needle to do some cabling on them too. She has only managed 1 sock out of the pair so far.
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            • #7
              I often use a fifth needle, too - just for ease, not for cabling....also for that four DP needle basic cap I learned years ago...the fifth needle just makes it easier!

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              • #8
                Madame Grammie, you are my long lost sock knitting sister....of kindred sockie spirit, and inside out-y-ness mwah!!! xxxx p.s ladders, don't get me started on ladders.....some days I get them some days I don't, what to do?
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                • #9
                  My book says that you should move the stitches a couple of stitches at a time from one needle to the next, every other row so that the gap between each needle is not a vertical line for the entire length of the sock. Does that make sense what I wrote? If not I'll reword it tonight when I have the book in front of me.

                  I currently have 24 stitches on each needle, I have done 2x2 rib for 2 rows, so my next round I will rib 2 extra stitches on to the needle (26 stitches) then make the next needle up to 24 stitches with 2 stitches from the next needle, and then do the same with needle 3 and that way back to 24 stitches on each needle but they are all shifted round. Do a couple of rows of knitting and then do the shift again. Apparently it helps eliminate ladders which are apparently a common problem with socks, so I'm thankful I read that snippet before I started so I can aim to avoid ladders.
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                  • #10
                    Thanks Indri, I shall have a look into that. The first pair of socks were knitted from Collinette's Jitterbug yarn which is nice and thick. I only get ladders in the spindly stuff. Maybe that's my problem
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                    • #11
                      I'm on spindly stuff, so I'm expecting laddering issues.... I'll let you know progress on laddering/not laddering if you like! Sock pair number 2 will most certainly be made out of thicker yarn, then I'll be amazed how easy it can be!
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                      • #12
                        (Just picked this up - been busy and have dropped a few threads ha ha ha)
                        Way to go Indri girl!
                        It took me 3 years to finish my first pair of socks. (They were 2 ply stockings coming up to the top of my thighs - but no excuse - my granny knocked out a pair of socks in a couple of days and the shepherds in Les Landes (marshy coastal bit of Brittany in France) used to knit a stocking a day, while walking on stilts, minding their sheep!)
                        See what to aim for? Maybe just see if you can finish quicker than my 3 years

                        Seriously - don't give up. It's a really lovely way of knitting.

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                        • #13
                          3 rounds done.... and using the method in my book to avoid laddering, so I am hopeful that they might end up looking ok. I am not going for knee high socks, I don't want the worry of trying to knit that much sock!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by indri View Post
                            My book says that you should move the stitches a couple of stitches at a time from one needle to the next, every other row so that the gap between each needle is not a vertical line for the entire length of the sock. Does that make sense what I wrote? If not I'll reword it tonight when I have the book in front of me.

                            I currently have 24 stitches on each needle, I have done 2x2 rib for 2 rows, so my next round I will rib 2 extra stitches on to the needle (26 stitches) then make the next needle up to 24 stitches with 2 stitches from the next needle, and then do the same with needle 3 and that way back to 24 stitches on each needle but they are all shifted round. Do a couple of rows of knitting and then do the shift again. Apparently it helps eliminate ladders which are apparently a common problem with socks, so I'm thankful I read that snippet before I started so I can aim to avoid ladders.

                            OOH - am loving that tip, definately going to try that when i get time to make myself a pair of socks!! Good luck with the socks - cant wait to see them finished
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                            • #15
                              It's a great tip just as long as you don't let it interfere with your pattern.

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