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How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:30 am
by JudyKnits
Hi, I am going to try to get the ball rolling on a conversation...
I now knit all my socks 2 at a time Magic Loop from toe up. I started the normal way with 5 DPs, one at a time, top down. I still like using DPs but not for socks. ML eliminates the "second sock symdrome" which I had. :P
I tried 2 circs but kept using the wrong needle and having to tink back and go again, So it is ML for me.

Judy

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:00 am
by JudyKnits
Where is everyone?

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:36 am
by JudyKnits
Anyone out there knit socks? Anyone out there?

Judy

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:47 am
by Mary
Hi Judy,

We had a rocky start getting the ball rolling with this new forum. It might take a bit to get folks to give it a try again.

Best wishes,

Mary

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:48 pm
by thebrownspindle
Hi Mary and Judy,

I am glad the forum is up and running again. Hope everyone returns. I already miss Audrey and Pete. As for me. I have gone back to dpns. I did two circs for a few years but for some reason my dpns called me back to my roots. But..it seems that I may be going another direction still...that being a sock knitting machine. It will take me some time to pay for but I will do what I have done with so many other opportunities that have come my way.
Just do it!

Barb R
Shelton Ct
formerly; twobrownears

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:12 am
by JudyKnits
Barb, so glad to see you here. I need to contact Audrey and Pete and get them to come back. Are there any others you know that you can contact?

Judy

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 8:46 pm
by thebrownspindle
Hi Judy!

Happy Mothers's Day to all the moms on the site and I do hope Pete and Aud come back. If there are others of you lurking please make yourselves known and POST.

I do hope that the info that we accumulated from the old site can be transferred...especially the sock knitting info. That is valuable and should not be lost or forgotten.

I will come back later in the month and write some info about sock knitting for those who are lurking.

bjr

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 4:47 pm
by Appaloosa
Hi guys!
I've moved on to knitting on circs but not two at a time yet. I miss Audrey and Pete as well. Hope the old gang joins in soon.
Lou

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 10:13 pm
by thebrownspindle
Got some Trekking XXL and got going on the first pair of socks for 2014. I know The Yarn Harlot is again going to do the 12 pair a year thing, but I just can't do that many pair of socks. They hit me at different times and I have so many ideas in my head for socks that I delay doing anything just because I can't decide which idea to take up.

I will be doing more socks this year than in times past because I need new one. I also want to make a pair of all lace in lace weight stockings and get a nice pair of heeled sandles and wear them out to dinner or church. That has been on my mind to do for some time now and I just have to knit those!

bjr

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 5:06 am
by Appaloosa
I'm in a sock lull. Our guild has been preparing to host 120 wool fans for St. Distaff day here. We are pretty excited! Today is the day! It was and still is a lot of work for our small group of ladies but it's going to be great. Once it is over, I'm back knitting my stuff! I don't think I can do the 12 pairs of socks in 12 months though! :shock:
L

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 5:08 am
by Appaloosa
Thebrownspindle,
I can't wait to see the photo of the lace stockings!
L

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 12:33 pm
by tamlking
SSS (second sock syndrome) has never really been a problem for me, because I want to wear them NOW! :lol: In order to do that I must knit the 2nd. I always cast on as soon as I finish the first.

I knit them 1 at a time, top down, using 2 circs, typically with size 1 needles. Knit Picks came out with the wood circs in 2 other colors and I got them in various sizes based on color so there's no guessing what size they are. My size 0 and size 3 needles are the Caspian wood circs, size 1 are Sunburst wood circs (I also have them in metal), and size 2 are Harmony wood. The real problem lies in the fact that I have at least 2 sets of each size, so at times I can have multiple pairs of socks on the needles all at once. :roll: :D

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2014 3:12 pm
by crochetknitstitch
I knit with the two circulars too and I love it. I am opening a knit shop in Maryland and I could teach the two circular method but do I have to learn how to do the 4 needles so I can teach it. All my stitches ended up on two needles anyway. I can do the magic loop method but I am not as enamored with that method. Please let me know if anyone still does the 4 needle method anymore.

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:13 pm
by BillS25
We need an option for 9" circulars :-)

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:57 pm
by JudyKnits
Don't think I can edit the poll. I guess in a way it would be magic loop since it is one circ, although a much shorter one. :D

Judy

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:43 pm
by BillS25
Magic loop will not ever be one of my choices. I can do it and I teach it to those who want to learn it however I avoid that method like the plague. Too much starting, stopping and fiddling for me lol. In the time it takes me to get one pair done that way I can have three pairs knit up using the 9" circulars. I'll just leave my answer as an outlier haha.

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:23 am
by mimi17c
I voted for 2 circs but, I may not have understood your meaning fo 2 circs. I knit 2 socks at the same time one each on a 12" cir needle. I work top down on one then the other and arrive at the toes of both at the same time. I've not been knitting for 3 or 4 yrs, last week my sister ( a diabetic) said " my socks have holes, I need new ones." So, I'm knitting socks again as trying to get her to give up the holey ones so I can mend them! I've always wanted to try the magic loop maybe now I will.
On this NEW socknitter's list are we still able to get e-mail updates?? I looked forward to those daily.

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 4:51 pm
by thebrownspindle
Starting some OnLine 6 ply socks for a friend. Size 3 double points. I try to think about two circs but I just can't make myself do it any more. I thought at one time that two circs was the ONLY way to knit socks but now...maybe at 57, it just seems silly to me now. I went back to "porcupine" sock knitting. Oh well.

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:40 pm
by Sole Mate
I have tried Magic Loop before it was called Magic Loop. I lost a couple of dp and used a circular so I could carry on.

I have also tried two circular needles, but I don’t like to have to pay that much attention. I knit fast enough that using dp do not slow me down.

Re: How do you knit socks?

PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:56 am
by yarnfly
Hello Socksters,

Knitting with metal DP's is my favorite and I can do a pair in 4 evenings, with K2-P2 rib to the start of the heel which keeps the socks from snaking down your lower leg, and love Wool Ease for the care and use #4 needles and knit continental so it goes very fast. I no longer have holes along the gussets, and keep the rib on the upper foot only for a better fit. I use to make socks that were not the same length then started using a long strand of contrasting yarn with a darning needle and run the needle into 1 stitch to count every 10 rows and go to the start of the heel (usually 14 or 16 rows), turn the heel and start the thread again with marking every 10th row, this way the socks are exactly the same length, row for row. I Kitchner stitch for the toe, but found a new way with Lucy Neatby's sock video, but have not tried it yet, it looks super easy. I've never done anything super fancy, due to not being able to watch basketkball and have to concentrate on a pattern. It's just a nice way to go "mindless". Ms. Neatby also has a German cast-on for edges and I'm going to try it on my next pair.

My favorite yarn for socks is Cascade 220 Superwash, well most superwash yarns are great for socks, and wear well, but this one wears great. I love striping yarns (thin), Cleckheaton is wonderful (wool) and wears well, also dog fur if the spin is just right. They are extremely warm and fuzzy, but you have to wash very carefully. I've had 2 wolf/hybrids and brushed them a lot and had a lot of the hair processed into yarn, also have some Bouvier, Golden Retriever, Aussie, and lots of Great Pyranees (white), I'm currently working on a pair of mittens out of Samoyed. Very beautiful and fuzzy.

I made a video (VHS ) and sent it to a woman in Los Angeles, and wished I had made a copy, but since that media has gone south, I might make one for a DVD next winter. I posted all my steps via photos on my business web-site. I always have 2 or 3 pairs of socks going at one time for sitting in waiting rooms, and waiting in CalTrans lines as they do their road repair along US395 in the Eastern Sierra, and keep a baby blanket in progress under my car seat. I just hate wasting time sitting and waiting. I'm a bit of a workaholic also. I only knit during the winter (Nov. thru April), and tie flies when time permits at work.
Sorry, this is a bit long. Just wanted to say hi and look forward to reading a lot about what type of socks everyone is working on and see if anyone is doing anything new as in the Cat Bordhi book Pathways.........some really unusual methods.....Yarnfly.