Friday, May 11, 2007

Practice sock, baby sock

Finally! I did it! I knitted my first sock!'s a baby sock. I'm taking baby steps. This has been adventure in learning new things!

A while back I had the desire to learn to knit a sock on 2-Cirs. So, I went on line & I ordered a sock kit, complete w/sock yarn, size 1 needles & Cat Bordlhi's book, Socks Soar on 2 Circular Needles.

Well, I started out great. Knitting in the round on 2-cirs wasn't a problem. I found it a lot easier than double-pointed needles (DPN's). But, when it came time for moving the sts. all around so to create a place to work a heel & then a gusset....well, that was a different story. I had no idea what to do. I just couldn't get my mind wrapped around how it was all going to come together. I was getting very discouraged & frustrated.

So, then, I had the bright idea of baby steps. Nobody starts out learning to knit by making a sweater or an afghan, or do they? So...I thought that I would try a baby sock, but all I could find was pattens for 2 straight needles or patterns for baby socks on DPNs. OK....I hated DPNs, but I thought if I could just learn the basics. A baby sock is a small scale of a regular sock. Less sts., less rows, etc.

The DPN's were really a challenge, especially, joining the sts., so that I could begin to knit in the round. Once I finally got the sts. (all 24 sts. of them) on the DPN's, & tried knitting on them.......I began to re-think about knitting socks. I mean, I've gone this long without knowing how to knit a sock, I could go on not knowing how, right?

My family says that I'm bull-headed. Yes, I am. I worked & worked on the sock, & since it was baby sock, I didn't have to jump too deeply into the frog pond, but I did jump in several times.

I learned to knit a sock on DPN's, & I learned how to do the Kitchner Stitch for the toe. Both are first for this long time knitter.

I did the sock in worsted wt. yarn on # 6 DPN's. Since it was just for practice, I wasn't concerned with gauge. I used variegated yarn, because that's what I grabbed from my stash & I discovered that variegated yarn is very good for hiding imperfections.

So...maybe now....I am ready to try some more socks...either on DPN's or 2-Cirs, I'll keep you posted.


Anonymous said...

Hi Deb: I haven't mastered the two circular needle method either though I've knitted dozens of pairs of socks. I like using the "magic loop" method (one 40" long circular needle). Sock knitting is addictive. Welcome to the club!!! Your sock looks great.

Lizzie said...

And I'm a DPN fan all the way. My trick for joining, Deb, is to knit the first three or four (or more) rows of the cuff flat and then join. More stuff to hold on to, less needles to worry about. I cast the entire cuff on one needle, knit for awhile and join. And the first few rows of any project are a pain, no matter what size needles and yarn. And I second Joansie, the sock looks great!

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