Finally! I did it! I knitted my first sock! OK...it'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.
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